Early Stage Portfolio

kaarta_logo_teal1Kaarta, 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.

20180629194109_06132017-Gridwise-LogoGridwise, 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.

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IAM Robotics, LLC is a robotics company that develops mobile picking robots for autonomous order fulfillment and material handling applications. The company offers Swift, an autonomous robot that navigates clients’ warehouse aisles to pick products and retrieve bins. It serves pharmaceuticals, health/beauty products, eCommerce, and grocery industries. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

ShowClix, Inc. develops event ticketing software solutions. The company offers mobile ticketing solutions, such as Incentix, a marketing tool that allows customers to receive discounts on their service fees in exchange for sharing events with other users on Facebook and Twitter; a nonprofit ticketing software; and mobile ticketing solutions from mobile ticket delivery to scanners, box office platforms, and analytics applications for iOS and Android. Its solution also includes Crowd, a web-based point of sale and box office software to process ticket sales over the phone, in person, via email, or through mail order; and RFID software. The company offers its products for fandom events, arts and theater, consumer shows, museums and attractions, and festivals. ShowClix, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  ShowClix sold to a Providence Equity portfolio company during 2017.

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-HzMaven 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.

Nanovision Diagnostics, Inc. develops and commercializes optical biomarkers for cancer detection. The company offers a cancer detection system used in clinical studies to detect molecular changes prior to changes in cell micro-scale structure that allows cancer detection. Nanovision Diagnostics, Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.  Nano Vision liquidated during 2017.


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.


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