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2020 Venture Investors 50 List

We first launched our Top Built World Investors List highlighting top investors in buildings and infrastructure development, architecture, engineering, construction, and operations technologies back in early 2018 with just 27 investor groups. We wanted to shine a light on the growth of new venture investor groups specifically focused on our industries. Since that time, we have seen the number of investors in the sector balloon. In 2020, we created a Venture Deals Dashboard to track them all, 78 deals so far this year involving more than 200 different strategic investor and investment fund groups.

Amid Many one-off investors this year, The Top 50 highlights the most active investors.

With so many investors, we had to apply some more strict criteria to our Top 50 this year. So, while you can find many more on our dashboard or in our company directory, we limited the list to firms that made at least two investments this year or that were on the list last year and made at least one additional investment so far in 2020. So, these are the most active investors we've identified in the Built World sector today.

According to our research, this year's most prolific sector investors were:

Each made at least three investments in technologies related to development, design, construction, operations, or maintenance of buildings or physical infrastructure, our definition of the Built World sector.

Strategics and Funds, This year brings as many new names as returning ones

In another sign of the growth in interest in the sector, this year, we identified almost as many new active investors as returning ones. To help further underscore the trend, we have identified returning investors in bold and new investors in italicsWith a month left in the year, there will likely be many more on our dashboard before the year is out, and next year's list will become even more crowded.

Also worth noting is the growth in investors based outside of the United States. This is a trend we covered extensively in at our Global Summit. We have been documenting this trend, and based on our findings to be catalogued in an upcoming report, the global built world investor ecosystem will continue to see more active investor groups in the years to come.

2020 Venture ConferenceInterested in learning more? Check out the agenda and speakers for our 2020 Venture Conference. Over the years, BuiltWorlds' Venture Conference has grown to be the premier such gathering for the sector. If you missed us this year, sign up below for our newsletter to watch the sessions you missed, as recordings post.

 

*List appears in alphabetical order by sub-category. Investors are linked to their BuiltWorlds directory pages. Otherwise, companies are linked to their BuiltWorlds Directory Pages, if they are BuiltWorlds Network Members.

CATEGORY:
CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL

Investor

Headquarters

Founding Year

Founder(s)

Investment Stage

Recent Built Industry Investments

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AEC Angels

New York, NY

2019

Seed, Early Stage

San Rafael, CA

1982

Early Stage, Late Stage

Aurigo, Bridgit, Factory_OS

Menlo Park, CA

2015

Seed, Early Stage

Marble Robots, Powerhive

Madrid, Spain

2017

Seed, Early Stage

GoFor, Energy Vault, LINKX, StructionSite, Arqlite, X3 Builders

New York, New York

1812

CITI

Early Stage

Factory_OS, ICON

Jacksonville, FL

2018

Seed, Early Stage

Advanced Navigation, Bee Mortgage, BLOX

Newport News, VA

2018

Ferguson

Seed, Early Stage

Homee, Blokable, Whiskerlabs, PypeServer

GV

Menlo Park, CA

2013

Alphabet, Inc.

Early Stage, Late Stage

Comfy, Cozy, Dandelion Energy, Egnyte, Factory_OS, Flux (Helix), Homebound, Hover, Plangrid, Skycatch

Toronto, Ontario

2019

Hopewell

Early Stage

Indus.ai, enertiv, relogix, virtuo

Liechtenstein

1941

Seed, Early Stage

Nlink, Fieldwire, Indoor Reality, Concrete Sensors, Canvas 

San Antonio, TX

2016

Seed, Early Stage

Authenticiti, ZAF Energy Systems, Transect

San Francisco, CA

2017

Jones Lang Lasalle

Seed, Early Stage

Qdesq, CasaOne, OpenSpace, Livly, Hubble, Atmos

Courbevoie, France

1665

Seed, Early Stage

Unity, Hover, Sweeten, Building Envelope Materials, frec|n|sys, Mon Maître Carré, ecomedes

Frankfurt, Germany

N/A

Bosch

Early Stage, Seed, and Later Stage

Aclima, SITEAware, Versatile

San Francisco, CA

2009

Salesforce

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage

Blokable, Bridgit, Urbant

Boston, MA

2019

John Fish (Suffolk), Jit Kee Chin & Wan Li Zhu (Suffolk Tech)

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage

Smartvid.io, OpenSpace, TradeHounds, WhyHotel, EquipmentShare, Envelope, Agora

CATEGORY:
VENTURE CAPITAL

Investor

Headquarters

Founding Year

Founder(s)

Investment Stage

Recent Built Industry Investments

Isle-de-France, France

1997

Christine Tsai, Dave McClure

Seed, Early Stage, Series B

Jones, Shwe Property, Visionful, Rovilus, Nanogrid, CompStak, InnerSpace

8VC

San Francisco, CA

2015

Joe Lonsdale

Seed, Early Stage

Agora, Welcome Homes

London, UK

2019

Nader Sabbaghian, Fausto Boni

Seed, Early Stage

Mela Works, siteflow, Enerbee

BCS Capital

Mountain View, CA

2010

Christine Tsai, Dave McClure

Seed, Early Stage

Jones, Shwe Property, Visionful, Rovilus, Nanogrid, CompStak, InnerSpace

Boulder, CO

2016

Jack Fuchs, Philip O'Connor, Trevor Zimmerman

Seed, Early Stage

San Francisco, CA

2014

Darren Bechtel

Seed, Early Stage

Fieldwire, Ynomia, Curbio, SafeAI, Connect Homes, Illumagear

San Francisco, CA

2018

Alex Kinnier, Jim Kim, Jocelyn Doe, Paul Lee

Early Stage

Vero Technologies, Bowery Valuation

Boston, MA

2017

Jesse Devitte, Travis Connors

Early Stage

Blokable, Built Robotics, 75F, Blokable, Join, Smartvid.io, Dandelion Energy, Measurabl

Washington, DC

2011

Casey Berman

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage

Curbio, Rabbet, Bowery Valuation, Measurabl

New York, NY

2013

Ryan Freedman

Seed, Early Stage

Prevu, Bowery Valuation

New York, NY

2007

David Bookspan, Michael Levinson, Steve Welch

Seed, Early Stage

Fohlio, VirtualKEY

Chicago, IL

2017

Michael Polsky

Seed, Early Stage

Matroid, Volta Charging, Sitetracker

Venice, CA

2016

Brad Greiwe, Brendan Wallace

Early Stage, Late Stage

Industrious, Cobalt, States Title, Loggi, Aquicore, VTS, Lyric, PollyEx, Loft, Opendoor, Clutter, Homebound

New York, New York

2015

Fabrice Grinda, Jose Marin

Seed, Early Stage, Later Stage

ROOM, Yardlink

Berlin, Germany

2018

Patrick Hellerman

Seed, Early Stage

Brick&Bolt, Welcome Home

Chicago, IL

2011

Guy Turner, Ira Weiss

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage, Debt

Bridgit, Fast Radius, Roadsync, Truss

Austin, TX

2019

Adam Bridgman, Peter J. Holt, Ty Findley

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage, Debt

Fast Radius, ICON 3D, Mercado Labs

Menlo Park, CA

1972

Brook Byers, Eugene Kleiner, Frank Caufield, Tom Perkins

Early Stage, Late Stage

LuxCreo, Nextdoor, STORD, Ionic Security, Arevo, Atmos, Percepto, Homebound

Menlo Park, CA

2000

Barry Eggers, Christopher Schaepe, Peter Nieh, Ravi Mhatre

Early Stage, Late Stage, Private Equity

ALICE, BuildingConnected, United Dwelling

New York, NY

2015

Peter Hebert, Josh Wolfe

Seed, Early Stage

Briq, Saltbox, BuildOps, Avvir, Sheltr, Connect Homes, PadSplit, Younity, Reasi, HqO, AirWorks, Till, Inc.

Menlo Park, CA

1976

H. Dubose Montgomery

Early Stage, Growth Stage

OpenSpace, Hover

New York, NY

2015

Zach Aarons, Aaron Block, Zak Schwarzman, Maureen Waters

Seed, Early Stage

Briq, OnSiteIQ, Saltbox, BuildOps, Avvir, Sheltr, Connect Homes, PadSplit, Younity, Reasi, HqO, AirWorks, Till, Inc.

New York, NY

2015

Constance Freedman, Liza Benson, Shawn Hill

Seed, Early Stage

Briq, Saltbox, BuildOps, Avvir, Sheltr, Connect Homes, PadSplit, Younity, Reasi, HqO, AirWorks, Till, Inc.

Santa Monica, CA

2011

Erik Rannala, William Hsu

Seed, Early Stage

GoFor, Covetool

Los Angeles, CA

2009

Jim Pettit, Travis Putnam

Seed, Early Stage

OpenSpace, Livly, Truss, Bowery

Chicago, IL

1996

J.B. Pritzker

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage

Augury, DroneBase, HQO, IRIS, Livly, Openpath, Smartvid.io, SMS Assist,

San Francisco, CA

2015

Kent Ho

Early Stage

Bridgit, Rhumbix

Atlanta, GA

2018

KP Reddy

Early Stage, Late Stage

ICON 3D, Amenify, Onscale, InfoTycoon (acquired), Local Logic

San Francisco, CA

2015

Aneel Ranadive

Early Stage, Late Stage

Atmos, Blue Crew, Welcome Homes

Menlo Park, CA

1972

Don Valentine

Early Stage, Late Stage

Bird, Cobalt, CB4, Clutter, Aurora, NEXT Trucking

Brooklyn, NY

2013

Shaun Abrahamson, Stonly Baptiste

Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage, Private Equity, Debt

Versatile Natures, Flair

Seattle, WA

2013

Paul G. Allen

Seed, Early Stage, Public Equities

Blokable, icon, unearth

Los Angeles, CA and Singapore

2003

Eric Manlunas

Early Stage, Late Stage

Sonder, Powerhive

Boulder, CO

2012

Dave Eisenberg

Seed, Early Stage

Handle, PROCORE, OpenSpace, Scythe, Blue Print Power

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