Better Ventures

Better Ventures is a venture capital firm that provides funding and support to companies creating scalable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We back entrepreneurs building a better world.

Better Ventures is a venture capital firm that provides funding and support to companies creating scalable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.  We believe in the power of technology to address the most important issues of our time, from education and work to health and the environment.  Given the magnitude of the world’s problems and the enormous market opportunities they represent, it takes the best and brightest minds armed with the best resources to address them.  These are the people we seek to back – entrepreneurs committed to using the tools and methodologies of the modern technology startup to address big global challenges.  We're thinking big and expecting big results, and so are the entrepreneurs we back.  

Better Ventures is the evolution of Hub Ventures, a successful startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world.  We have combined forces with Good Capital's Social Enterprise Expansion Fund to launch a new fund that invests in early-stage "technology for good" companies and fuels their growth with a mix of financial capital and hands-on support.


What We Invest In

We back smart and scrappy teams of two or more co-founders building highly scalable and capital efficient models that address big global challenges.  We look for significant and measurable impact potential that is created directly through the use of a company's products or services or through the supply chains that produce and deliver them.  We are currently pursuing opportunities in three investment themes:

Better Access Companies leveraging technology to democratize access to essential services that equalize opportunity, including education and employment.

Better Access
Companies leveraging technology to democratize access to essential services that equalize opportunity, including education and employment.

Better Information Companies utilizing data analytics to produce positive societal outcomes, ranging from health & well-being to environmental sustainability.

Better Information
Companies utilizing data analytics to produce positive societal outcomes, ranging from health & well-being to environmental sustainability.

Better Business Companies building sustainable and ethical supply chains, including product re-use & up-cycling and sustainable consumer products.

Better Business
Companies building sustainable and ethical supply chains, including product re-use & up-cycling and sustainable consumer products.


Our Approach

As early-stage investors, there's nothing we enjoy more than rolling up our sleeves and engaging with bright and passionate entrepreneurial teams at the startup phase.  That's what we do best.  We make make initial investments of $25,000 - $200,000 in early-stage companies and provide ongoing support and follow-on investments in later rounds.  We can also participate with larger amounts in Series A venture rounds.  We devote considerable time and effort to helping our portfolio companies succeed by providing the following services:

Customer Development.  We help companies build-measure-learn their way to success by getting them out of the building meeting with customers on a weekly basis.

Customer Development.  We help companies build-measure-learn their way to success by getting them out of the building meeting with customers on a weekly basis.

Mentorship.  Companies benefit from our mentor network of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts who help them navigate big challenges and provide key connections.  

Mentorship.  Companies benefit from our mentor network of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts who help them navigate big challenges and provide key connections.
 

Startup development.  We help companies navigate the startup phase with support in team building, PR, customer acquisition, business modeling, design, legal and more.

Startup development.  We help companies navigate the startup phase with support in team building, PR, customer acquisition, business modeling, design, legal and more.

Fundraising.  We help companies with professionally designed fundraising materials, pitch practice, and introductions to our network of mission-aligned investors.

Fundraising.  We help companies with professionally designed fundraising materials, pitch practice, and introductions to our network of mission-aligned investors.

Peer collaboration.  Our companies join a growing network of like-minded entrepreneurs who provide one another with invaluable support, advice, and connections.

Peer collaboration.  Our companies join a growing network of like-minded entrepreneurs who provide one another with invaluable support, advice, and connections.

Co-working space.  We offer discounted short-term memberships at ImpactHUB Bay Area, a purpose-driven co-working space connected to 50+ other locations globally. 

Co-working space.  We offer discounted short-term memberships at ImpactHUB Bay Area, a purpose-driven co-working space connected to 50+ other locations globally. 

We strongly encourage our entrepreneurs to spend a minimum of 4-6 months working at ImpactHUB Bay Area (with locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley) to take advantage of our full suite of services, collaborate with peers, and immerse themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area startup culture.  If relocation is not possible, companies are welcome to join us for our periodic events throughout the year including mentor workshops, founder roundtables, entrepreneur fireside chats, social events, and Investor Day. 


Apply Anytime

If you're a smart and scrappy entrepreneurial team passionate about leveraging technology to build a better world, we want to hear from you!  Please drop us a line at hello@better.vc or visit our application page to apply for funding.  We review applications on a rolling basis and respond to each submission within a few weeks.  

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