Early Stage Portfolio

Avisi Technologies develops a nanotechnology-enabled defense against blindness from glaucoma. Their next-generation aqueous shunt, VisiPlate, aims to treat mid to late-stage glaucoma. It is 20x thinner than a human hair and its insertion procedure reduces operating time and makes follow-up care easier. Avisi Technologies was founded in 2017 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Meter Feeder provides parking payment and enforcement solutions for small to mid-sized governments. Their consumer app enables mobile fee payment and the enforcement system automates fines. Meter Feeder, Inc. was founded in 2014, graduated Y-Combinator in 2016 and is based in Braddock, PA.


Kaarta, Inc. provides real-time mobile 3D reality capture, mapping complex environments with unprecedented speed, fidelity and ease. Kaarta’s technology works without external signal infrastructure, such as GPS or Wi-Fi, to accurately transform the real world into actionable 3D digital models. Its products streamline workflow in use cases including architecture, construction, mobile robotics, autonomous vehicles and more. Kaarta, formerly Real Earth, was founded in 2015 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Gridwise, Inc. develops and operates a peer-to-peer driver intelligence mobile application for rideshare drivers. The company’s software solution enables drivers to receive events and end time updates, real-time alerts, airport demand data, and maintain driver taskbar. Its application is compatible with iOS and Android. Gridwise, Inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Honeycomb Credit, Inc. owns and operates an electronic platform where business owners can seek to borrow money from investors, and where investors can make loans to businesses. The company through its funding portal lets small businesses borrow money from their own customers in a community. It allows debt crowdfunding between lenders and borrowers. Honeycomb Credit, Inc. was founded in 2017 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

LegalSifter, Inc. provides contract document review services. It offers LegalSifter, a Software as a Service product, which is used to review documents; and ContractSifter, Software as a Service product that is used to make contract extraction. It serves in-house counsel; legal operations; law firms; CEOs, CFOs, and COOs; supply chain; sales leadership; and CLM software providers. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Maven Machines, Inc. originally developed Bluetooth headsets for truck drivers. Its headsets monitor the driver’s condition, environment, and location; detect if the driver is fatigued or distracted; and alert the driver to avoid an accident. The company’s product line now includes electronic logging and pickup and delivery logistics for trucking companies, both LTL and longhaul. Maven Machines, Inc. was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CivicScience, Inc. provides the InsightStore, an intelligent polling and real-time insights Software-as-a-Service platform for enterprises in marketing research, advertising, media, financial services, and political polling. It serves marketing leaders, PR and communication teams, consumer insights and research teams, financial and equity researchers, public affairs professionals, media publishers and companies, and agencies and consultants. CivicScience, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Trucode Gene Repair, Inc. is a discovery-stage therapeutics company developing a systemically delivered, oligonucleotide-based approach to in vivo gene editing, with a lead indication in sickle-cell disease.  The company, then PNA Innovations, was spun out of CMU in 2011 to commercialize a synthetic DNA analogue called “gammaPNA”.  These molecules are being used to target natural DNA and RNA while developing an alternative and potentially superior process to the Crisper technology for gene repair.  After an A round in April 2016, both Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures invested in the company now called TruCode Gene Repair and based in San Francisco, California.