2010 Shaping Up to Be Great Year for Pittsburgh Startups
A surge in venture capital, mergers and acquisition activity, and strategic deal-making has made the summer of 2010 the most active season for Pittsburgh’s technology startups in recent years.
2010 as a whole is shaping up to be one of the best years for investment and acquisitions for Pittsburgh’s startups in the post-bubble era. The recent announcement of Biogen Idec’s $345 million strategic investment in Southside-based Knopp Neurosciences is the latest addition to the list of Pittsburgh deals announced since June, with more news expected in the coming weeks.
This summer’s deal activity in the Pittsburgh region includes:
- June 17: Precision Therapeutics* closed on $35 million, in a deal led by Bain Capital Ventures
- June 30: ModCloth* closed on $19.8 million from Accel Ventures, First Round Capital and Floodgate
- August 2: Hybrid Learning Systems acquired the games developed by ImpactGames*
- August 4: LinkedIn made its first acquisition ever, acquiring Pittsburgh-based mSpoke*
- August 6: Avere Systems closed on $17 million from Tenaya Capital, Menlo Ventures and Norwest Partners
- August 10: Ciespace* closed on $4 million, led by ARCH Venture Partners
- August 18: Knopp Neurosciences* signed a $345 million strategic deal with Biogen Idec
*Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Innovation Works portfolio company
“We are thrilled to see our investment portfolio and affiliated companies reach these significant milestones,” said Rich Lunak, president & CEO of Innovation Works, the BFTP of southwestern PA. “Growth among early-stage companies has a tremendous ripple effect throughout the community, bringing in outside capital, job growth, and significant technological breakthroughs that can improve society.”
Innovation Works is the most active investor in seed stage technology companies in the Pittsburgh region and one of the most active seed investors in the nation. Since the beginning of the organization’s seed fund in late-1999, Innovation Works has invested $45 million in 134 companies.
Keynotes October, 2010
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