Cultivation Capital

Cultivation Capital is a venture firm focused on investing in technology and life sciences companies whose ideas have the potential to transform the way we live and work. The firm partners with entrepreneurs who “have the potential to build some of the world’s most successful startups,” actively invests out of a variety of funds and supports and invests in multiple accelerator programs focusing on areas like financial technology, agriculture technology, and women-led companies.

Impact
Currently there are more than 240 investors, 15 general partners, 10 additional accelerator managers, 9 operations team members, 15 analysts, over 36 companies in the portfolio, and over 1200 employees across the portfolio.

Office
T-REX
911 Washington Ave. #801
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Cultivation Capital EQ Life Science

Cultivation Capital’s Rick Ryan on Trends in Life Science Innovation

Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences team monitors trends in the categories of therapeutics, medical devices, research tools and diagnostics, medical devices and health care IT to inform their decisions on investments in early-stage life sciences companies. We sat down with Rick Ryan, General Partner at Cultivation Capital, to talk trends in the field.

Meet Bill Schmidt: Managing Partner at Cultivation Capital Life Sciences Fund

As Managing Partner of the Life Sciences Fund at Cultivation Capital, Bill Schmidt is currently focused on the venture capital firm’s Life Sciences Fund II. He's dedicated to helping life sciences entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level–and the good news for founders is, he's done it himself. We sat down with Schmidt to hear how he got his start as a founder, and now investor, in St. Louis.
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Meet Chris Danforth: General Partner Cultivation Capital Life Sciences Fund

Chris Danforth has his hand in a wide variety Life Sciences investment and non-profit activity throughout the region. Meet the general partner in St. Louis-based venture firm Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund and Managing Director of The Yield Lab.
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12 Fundraising Tips for BioTech companies from Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund

Bill Schmidt, Managing Partner of Cultivation Capital's Life Science Fund, shares tips for BioTech companies focused on fundraising.
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Meet Barry Sandweiss: General Partner at Cultivation Capital

If you’re looking to build a business, you want Barry Sandweiss on your side. We caught up with this successful entrepreneur and partner at Cultivation Capital.
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Adarza BioSystems Closes on $17 Million – What’s Next for the Life Science Startup

On January 19, startup Adarza BioSystems, Inc, based in St. Louis and Rochester, New York, closed on $17 Million in Series C financing. Here's what the life science company is focused on next.
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FinLocker and the Digital Mortgage Revolution

How FinLocker is looking to revolutionize the mortgage process.

Meet Tim Stern: General Partner of Cultivation Capital

Timothy Stern, a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, knows what it takes to build a company. He also believes that innovation and a focus on technology is what will keep St. Louis thriving. We sat down...
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Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund Finds Sweet Spot

Since its inception in 2013, Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund’s portfolio of 14 companies and one accelerator have raised $321M in total funding–with a $10.3M total dollar investment from the firm–while creating 180 jobs...

How to Exit at a Billion: Don’t Think About Exiting

It’s what a lot of founders dream about—whether or not they say it out loud—and it’s the easy way to validate that a city’s startup ecosystem is growing and thriving. But according to Cultivation...

BlueStrata EHR: The Unique Realities of Late-Stage Entrepreneurial Success

Tony Coco, President BlueStrata EHR, an electronic health records software provider, has entrepreneurship and success in his genes as his family has owned many small businesses throughout the years. He also worked as the...

SafeTrek Provides Personal Safety at the Touch of a Button

Everyone can remember a moment they felt unsafe. Perhaps it was late and you were walking alone. Maybe you were waiting for a train or a bus and started feeling uneasy about the approaching...

Tomas Pena of S4 Finds a Home Away From Home in St. Louis

St. Louis is in the heart of the Corn Belt. It’s a perfect seat for AgTech companies looking to serve the U.S. market, and provides affordable access to some of the best resources in...

Veniti’s CFO Catherine Matthes on Clinical Trial Funding

The veins in your body play an integral role in circulation: carrying blood from the different parts of your body back to your heart. But as you get older, problems can develop causing a variety of...

Robert Beardsley on Galera Therapeutics’ High Growth

As of February 2016, Galera Therapeutics, Inc., a drug development company based in Greater Philadelphia,  had raised $42 million in Series B financing for the clinical testing of its drug that prevents the painful side...
Label Insight

Label Insight Uses Data To Tell The Real Story Behind Your Food

Sponsored Content: What's this?  Startup founders quickly realize that the work can be exhausting. For every euphoric crest, there’s a demoralizing crater along the way. Dheeraj Patri got a taste of both long before Label Insight. “Nobody ever...

Growing Fast: Gainsight’s Expansion

Customer success is a popular term these days. Companies are focusing heavily on not only acquiring customers, but maintaining their happiness and expanding the relationship. Gainsight is being hailed as the industry leader in that...
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How Tom Brutnell Balances Research and Application

As the global population increases, agricultural yields must increase to feed the world’s population. Compounding the explosive population growth is the decreasing available tillable land [as subdivisions and industrial parks expand into former farmland. One...

Careful Consideration: How Gremln Evolved, Adapted and Excelled

In 2009, Ryan Bell was looking for money. Working as an independent software consultant, he had built a social media scheduling and campaign management tool based off of Twitter’s API in 2008 called Twaitter,...

Mythbusters: The Real Life of Venture-Backed CEOs

Pop culture tends to depict startup life as a glamorous career path. The high-energy entrepreneurial world of a venture-backed CEO is portrayed as world of high-stakes meetings, multi-million-dollar payouts and a retiree’s level of recreation...

Checking In: TrackBill Grows Alongside Co-Founder Sam Sullivan

Three years ago, Sam Sullivan was a high school student in Pennsylvania working a food service job while taking college classes on the side. He was preparing for the next step in life, which...

John Talley Takes on Cancer with Euclises Pharmaceuticals

In the medical research and discovery industry, no foe is more varied or formidable than cancer. The fight against one of mankind’s deadliest diseases has innumerable fronts, from prevention to detection to treatment. St. Louis’...

Founder Series: What Drives Serial Entrepreneur Bob Lozano?

In 1991, Bob Lozano stood in a Southwestern Bell boardroom presenting ideas to a table full of high-level executives. Lozano and his team, part of the research and development arm for SBC modeled after...

Yield Lab grows next crop of AgTech startups

Agriculture Technology is a fast-expanding sector in the startup world, drawing more and more attention as funding increases and potential solutions to global problems begin to develop. The Midwest is uniquely positioned to be...

STL-based Immunophotonics is taking on cancer using your own body

A diagnosis of cancer often brings shock, sadness and fear as patients prepare to confront one of the most pervasive and difficult diseases in the modern world. “Cancer is sneaky, in simple terms,” says Lu...
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The Culture Of Culture: How Hatchbuck’s Team-Driven Approach Drives Results For Everyone

In the world of work, company culture is one of the key selling points for those looking to attract top talent. In the startup space, it's arguably one of the most important points. And according to Hatchbuck,...
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PromisePay Aims To Join STL On Rise To Becoming Fintech Hub

PromisePay, an electronic payment solutions firm out of Melbourne, recently became part of the St. Louis startup scene. With offices in Australia, San Francisco and now the Gateway City, the company has a unique...

How St. Louis Startup Pulse Therapeutics Attracted Success

According to Pulse Therapeutics CEO Sean Morris, a company needs two things to succeed in the startup environment.

Local focus: TopOpps’ Chisom Uche Believes Community Matters

Chisom Uche, TopOpps’ fiercely intelligent and civically-motivated marketing specialist, is a sterling representative of St. Louis’ entrepreneurial community.

From NY To STL: Why This Life-Science Company Relocated To The Midwest

The operating principle of St. Louis’ startup community is simple: Bring in companies looking to grow, and empower them to do so

Downtown STL’s New President And CEO Missy Kelley On What Downtown Needs Now

Melissa “Missy” Kelley, a longtime local business, marketing and communications leader and executive was promoted to...

Choose Your City: Why These 7 Startups are Building Their Companies in St. Louis

For these seven startups, the Gateway City wasn’t just a pit stop on the way...

Feature: A Tale of Two Districts

How two buildings and a handful of visionaries are pushing to make St. Louis a destination for innovation.

STL Startup Funding Guide

Million-dollar ideas need more than sweat equity to transform into a successful product or service....

The Best Cities in the Midwest for Venture Capital Funding in 2016

Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital looks at how much venture funding was raised by startups in the top 15 Midwestern regions.

Downtown St. Louis Innovation Community: 2015 Highlights, 2016 Predictions

By Brian Matthews, Managing Director of Cultivation Capital 2015 was another great year for increasing the...

LockerDome Announces STL Expansion, Adds 300 Jobs

Governor Jay Nixon will join LockerDome CEO and Co-founder Gabe Lozano today at the company’s...

Man in the Middle

How Cultivation Capital’s Managing Director Brian Matthews is shaping St. Louis’ startup ecosystem.

2015 St. Louis Capital Report: Brian Matthews Outlines Funding From Angels and Venture Capitalists

From a number of perspectives, 2015 was the best fundraising year for the St. Louis...

2016 Was a Very Big Year for New Venture Funds Launched in St. Louis

2016 was the best year for launching new venture funds in St. Louis history. Read on for this and more highlights from the year from Cultivation Capital's Brian Matthews.