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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Blog: cultivationcapital.com/blog
Website: cultivationcapital.com

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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.
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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.

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...
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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

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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...
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Spotlight: Chisom Uche on His Path to Entrepreneurship

A dedicated STL transplant, Chisom Uche talks education, entrepreneurship and how he got hooked on St. Louis.

John Talley Takes on Cancer with Euclises Pharmaceuticals

St. Louis' Euclises Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by renowned drug discoverer John Talley, aims to take on colorectal cancer, the third most common type of the disease in the U.S.

Founder Series: What Drives Serial Entrepreneur Bob Lozano?

At the heart of every startup ecosystem is its entrepreneurs. Each with his or her own backstory, calling and mission, our city's founders are those charting a new path for themselves, their teams and their tribes. Introducing EQ's Founder Series, conversations with entrepreneurs from various industries and walks of life.

Yield Lab grows next crop of AgTech startups

Yield Lab, a St. Louis-based accelerator for Agricultural Technology companies founded in 2014, recently wrapped its first cohort in September. Seven companies went through the nine-month program, which Program Director Matt Plummer declared a resounding success.

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

What Immunophotonics is working on is a therapeutic vaccine designed to pull back the curtain on cancer, and train the body to see through the disguise.
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The Culture Of Culture: How Hatchbuck’s Team-Driven Approach Drives Results For Everyone

Hatchbuck considers company culture a cornerstone of not only its day-to-day operations, but also its success.
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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.

How St. Louis Startup Pulse Therapeutics Attracted Success

Pulse Therapeutics was founded in 2008 in St. Louis. The life science startup patented a technology to combat blood clots using the power of magnets. According to 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
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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...
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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 to a coastal destination: It was a place to plant roots and grow.

The Normal Brand is Making Life in the Middle Look Good

Jimmy Sansone is branding the Midwest—and making us all look good while he does it.
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STL Startup Funding Guide

Million-dollar ideas need more than sweat equity to transform into a successful product or service....
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Feature: A Tale of Two Districts

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

Ten Semi-Finalists Announced for $1,000,000 Pitch Competition

But only five go through to the finals; where they'll pitch live in a shark tank style event on January 28, 2019, at Chaifetz Arena.
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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.

Man in the Middle

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

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re Chasing In 2018

Welcome back! Yep, 2018 has already started. Crack on!