CIT GAP Funds Invests in Cerillo to Illuminate Scientific Research Possibilities with Innovative Technologies
Startup develops innovative laboratory instruments that enable scientists across the globe to work more efficiently and effectively
Richmond, VA, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) has invested in Charlottesville, Va.-based Cerillo. Cerillo designs innovative laboratory technologies that allow scientists to collect data more efficiently and researchers to amplify their impact on the world. Cerillo will use CIT’s funding to expand sales and marketing efforts and to continue expanding its business operations and product development teams, which will position the company for rapid growth.
“Cerillo’s first product significantly lowers the barrier to entry for researchers and microbiologists everywhere. The increased portability and reduced cost will enable discoveries by researchers for whom legacy instruments were entirely unsuitable,” says Alex Euler, Senior Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds. “The leadership team’s combined expertise, plus recent additions to the business operations team, positions Cerillo for rapid growth. CIT is excited to be a part of their journey and is looking forward to supporting the company as they continue to grow and make positive contributions to the industry.”
*Cerillo is a 2x CRCF/CCF award recipient*
Startup app brings third-party food to military markets to address challenges with access to food options
Richmond, VA, Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the nonprofit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), today announced a CIT GAP Funds investment in Norfolk, Va.-based, ChowCall, a tech-enabled, on-demand food delivery service that provides meals and other goods to customers living and working on and around military bases and federal installations. Currently serving Hampton Roads, Virginia, Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, ChowCall will use this investment to expand into one-third of U.S. military base communities by the end of 2022.
An $800,000 investment led by the Center for Innovative Technology is giving Richmond startup RoundlyX the runway it needs to expand operations internationally.
Richmond-based RoundlyX, co-founded in 2017 by Andrew Elliott and Will Trible, closed the round in late April. In addition to CIT's investment, Elliott said the round had significant participation from Allied Venture Partners and other fintech CEOs from across the country."
“Andrew, Will, and the entire RoundlyX team have done an outstanding job over the last year preparing for widespread adoption of digital assets. The simplicity of their app allows anyone to invest in Bitcoin, and given widespread interest in cryptocurrencies as an asset class, more users will be flocking towards this service,” said Alex Euler, Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds. “With their recent expansion into global markets, RoundlyX is set up for a very successful 2021. We look forward to following their continued success." - Quote from original press release March, 2021
Investment Associates, Dustin Dunbar and Anthony Obi Jr. will contribute to CIT GAP Funds' continued growth by supporting deal sourcing, due diligence processes, and fund management
Richmond, Va. – May 24, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the nonprofit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), today announced that CIT GAP Funds has added two new Investment Associates to its team: Dustin Dunbar and Anthony Obi Jr. As Investment Associates, Dunbar, and Obi will support CIT GAP Funds activity including deal sourcing and due diligence activities for candidate CIT investments in high-growth technology, life science, and clean energy tech companies.
CIT GAP Funds Makes Follow-On Investment in RoundlyX to Help Users Better Manage Digital Asset Portfolios
Richmond, VA, March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has made a follow-on investment in Richmond, Va.-based RoundlyX, a digital asset wealth management platform. Since its initial GAP Funds investment in May 2020, RoundlyX has expanded its service beyond the United States, with users now able to connect to any European or UK bank and round up their spare change into digital assets. The fintech startup plans to use this latest investment to support its continued user growth, which is now accelerating in response to the increased popularity in Bitcoin and other digital assets.
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Richmond-based startup AnswersNow has raised $1.8 million to help expand its online counseling service
A Richmond-based startup company that operates an online platform to help counsel parents of children with autism has raised $1.8 million to expand its services.
AnswersNow, which was founded in 2017, announced Tuesday that it had completed the seed funding round led by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology.
AnswersNow recently closed a Seed Round of $1.8M lead by American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and CIT with participation from Kapor Capital, Trolley Ventures, and K-Street Capital. Funds from the round are being used to fuel expansion plans, hire world class clinical talent to guide the efficacy of the services being delivered and guide marketing strategy to raise awareness of AnswersNow virtual ABA services.
A family of funds managed by the Center for Innovative Technology has invested about $1.8 million into Richmond-area startups in recent years.
Through partnerships with Richmond-area groups like Lighthouse Labs, Trolley Ventures, 1717 Innovation Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and Startup Virginia, CIT GAP Funds is “actively cultivating a growing pipeline,” said Managing Director Tom Weithman.
Named Virginia’s most active investor by CB Insights for the past six years, CIT GAP Funds’ investments have helped create more than 6,500 new jobs in the Commonwealth in the last 15 years, it reported this month... By Michelai Graham / STAFF
Investments have supported the creation of nearly 6,500 jobs throughout the Commonwealth
Richmond, Va. – Jan. 13, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today released the 2020 CIT GAP Funds Impact Report, detailing both return on investment and socio-economic impact achieved since the fund’s inception in 2005. A family of funds placing equity investments in Virginia’s high-growth based technology, life science, and cleantech companies at the earliest developmental stages, CIT GAP Funds has deployed $32.4 million in capital across 240 portfolio companies.
Investment program spanning the Commonwealth continues to drive critical technology sectors during unprecedented times
Richmond, VA, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that CIT GAP Funds has again been named Virginia’s most active investor by CB Insights, a developer of a tech market intelligence platform that analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents, partnerships, and news mentions to predict future technology trends. For the sixth year in a row, CIT GAP Funds joins an impressive list of VCs in the U.S.
“CIT’s sustained commitment to investing at the earliest stages of company development positions CIT GAP Funds as a fundamental building block of the Commonwealth’s startup ecosystem,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Even in these trying times, CIT’s investment outcomes are a fitting tribute to Virginia’s entrepreneurial vitality, community spirit, and economic and social diversity.”
These VC firms span the D.C., Northern Virginia and Baltimore areas. Whether you're seeking seed funding or raising a Series B, there's probably something here to propel your business. (CIT GAP Funds listed)
CIT GAP Funds Investment Director Alex Euler participated as a panelist in UpRiver 2020 | "UpRiver is an annual fall event hosted by Activation Capital that brings together founders and entrepreneurs throughout the Richmond region. Sara Maddox, Activation Capital's outreach and community affairs manager, said the pandemic was front and center as they decided on programming for this year's event..."
"Everyone is going through tough times, and founders are going through tough times, as well," she said. "A lot of them are having to reimagine or pivot what their company needs to do to stay viable through the pandemic. We tried to have our panels focused on that."
Startup Spotlight: RoundlyX, which enables investments in digital assets, plans growth with CIT investment
Startup Spotlight: RoundlyX, which enables investments in digital assets, plans growth with CIT investment | “You don’t need to be a cryptocurrency expert to invest responsibly, and dollar cost averaging is a proven, responsible strategy to build a digital asset portfolio,” said Alex Euler, investment director at CIT GAP Funds. “RoundlyX has an experienced, innovative leadership team with a strong vision to build a global, full spectrum digital asset financial services platform.”
Elliott said the investment by CIT, which supports early stage companies in Virginia, shows there is a future in digital assets.
Automated micro deposits round up purchases to the next dollar to buy, secure and store digital assets on a user’s chosen exchange | The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Richmond, Va.-based RoundlyX, a digital asset wealth management platform.
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