30+ Top Pre-Seed VC Funds According to Data – The No-BS List for 2022

Are you frustrated by lists of “pre-seed” funds that don’t really invest at the pre-seed stage? We’ve got the perfect list for you!

Check out this list of the top pre-seed venture capital funds, ranked by what percentage of their investments were in the pre-seed or earlier rounds, including angel and convertible note or SAFE rounds. Our list is based on actual data, not someone’s random definition or opinion. (One such “pre-seed” fund included in a number of other lists, for example, has only made 5% of its investments at the pre-seed stage or earlier?—hardly a true pre-seed fund.)

All the funds in this list are based in the U.S. and have made at least 20% of their investments in pre-seed or earlier rounds, according to Crunchbase. We think that it’s a pretty low bar, to be honest, but there were only four (4) funds in our research with more than 50% pre-seed stage investments, so we had to broaden our criteria. In addition, we only included those funds with at least 10 investments and that have made at least one investment in 2022, implying that they are actively investing.

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Now onto our list of the top pre-seed funds actually investing in pre-seed startups.


Beta Boom

Beta Boom invests in pre-seed software startups building the future for women and multiracial consumers with a particular emphasis on FinTech, Digital Health, EdTech and Consumer Internet. Beta Boom focuses on exceptional founders from diverse life, educational, and professional backgrounds and based in rising tech hubs across the U.S.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 93%

Total Investments: 14

Top Verticals: Digital Health, Fintech, EdTech

Website: https://betaboom.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/beta-boom

2048 Capital

We are a thesis-driven investor and invest in next generation platforms — APIs, data, infrastructure, marketplaces, and specific types of vertical SaaS. We invest across verticals, but spend most of our time thinking about: biotechnology, digital health, AI/ML, Robotics, AR/VR, Blockchain, Security, Energy, Mobility, Logistics, Fintech, Marketplaces, Productivity, Culture, and Communities.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 56%

Total Investments: 61

Top Verticals: E-Commerce, Healthcare, Analytics

Website: https://www.2048.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/2048-ventures

Unshackled Ventures

Unshackled Ventures invests in “visionary immigrants” and is “the best place for U.S. immigrants to launch a company, no matter their current work authorization – from student visas to being a new U.S. citizen.”

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 56%

Total Investments: 72

Top Verticals: Healthcare, AI/ML, E-Commerce

Website: https://www.unshackledvc.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/unshackled-ventures

FullCircle

FullCircle is a perpetual pre-seed fund investing in tomorrow’s workforce.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 54%

Total Investments: 13

Top Verticals: SaaS, HR, Healthcare

Website: https://www.buildingfullcircle.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/fullcircle-c7b1

Devlabs

Devlabs is a micro venture capital firm investing in North America, South America and the Caribbean. We manage an 8 million USD fund for pre-seed investment in software startups and are closing a 21 million USD fund for agriculture and renewable energy.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 52%

Total Investments: 25

Top Verticals: Fintech, AI, B2B, SaaS

Website: https://devlabs.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/devlabs

First Check Ventures

We make early and transformational investments in companies that have the potential to do great things. Our dedicated team is made up of seasoned investors who are looking to partner with hard-working, visionary entrepreneurs.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 38%

Total Investments: 29

Top Verticals: Fintech, E-Commerce, Food Tech

Website: https://www.firstcheckventures.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/first-check-ventures

Good Growth Capital

Good Growth Capital specializes in finding, cultivating, and assessing complex science and deep-tech start-ups.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 36%

Total Investments: 73

Top Verticals: GreenTech, BioMed Tech

Website: https://www.goodgrowthvc.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/good-growth-capital

27V

27V (Twenty-Seven Ventures) leads first founding rounds for thoughtful founders building the future of learning and labor. The Fund invests $50-$500k in global EdTech and Future of Work startups, leading Pre-Seed rounds and investing at Seed. Our support extends beyond capital and gives our portfolio founders access to weekly group calls with founders & operators from round the world to share insights, talk best practices and build relationships.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 35%

Total Investments: 20

Top Verticals: Future of Work, EdTech

Website: https://www.27v.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/twenty-seven-ventures

Hustle Fund

Hustle Fund is a venture capital fund investing in fast-executing teams at the pre-seed and seed stages.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 34%

Total Investments: 149

Top Verticals: FinTech, Healthcare, AI/ML

Website: https://www.hustlefund.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hustle-fund

Yes VC

We are Yes VC, comprised of Caterina Fake, Jyri Engeström, Julie Liao and David Pickerell. We fund great companies at the Pre-Seed and Seed stages.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 33%

Total Investments: 24

Top Verticals: E-Commerce, SaaS, AI/ML

Website: https://yes.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/yes-vc


Launchpad Capital

LaunchPad Capital builds and invests in pre-seed and seed stage Fintech companies.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 33%

Total Investments: 12

Top Verticals: FinTech, AI/ML, EdTech

Website: http://www.launchpad.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/launchpad-capita

RareBreed Ventures

RareBreed Ventures is a pre-seed fund that invests in technology companies. It allows angel investors to become limited partners for larger funds down the line.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 32%

Total Investments: 31

Top Verticals: Fintech, E-Commerce, Marketplace

Website: https://rarebreed.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/rarebreed-ventures-c8f7

The Fund

The Fund is a first-of-its-kind early-stage venture fund created by founders for founders to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 32%

Total Investments: 180

Top Verticals: Health Care, E-Commerce, FinTech

Website: https://www.thefund.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-fund

Surface Ventures

Surface Ventures is a seed and pre-seed venture capital firm focused on partnering with B2B software companies.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 32%

Total Investments: 25

Top Verticals: SaaS, CRM, Analytics

Website: https://surface.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-fund

Motivate Venture Capital

Motivate Venture Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in Pre-seed and Seed-stage companies across the US and Canada.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 31%

Total Investments: 35

Top Verticals: FinTech, Education, SaaS

Website: https://motivate.vc/about/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/motivate-venture-capital

Fulgur Ventures

We invest in early stage startups focused on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 29%

Total Investments: 38

Top Verticals: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, FinTech

Website: https://fulgur.ventures/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/fulgur-venture

SWAN Venture Fund

SWAN Venture Fund is a Seattle-based fund leading in pre-seed rounds.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 29%

Total Investments: 21

Top Verticals: Medical Device, Health Care, Biotechnology

Website: www.swanventurefund.com

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/swan-venture-group

NFX

NFX operates as a pre-seed and seed stage VC that is transforming how true innovators are funded.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 28%

Total Investments: 307

Top Verticals: E-Commerce, Marketplace, FinTech

Website: www.nfx.com

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/nfxcapital

Bolt

Bolt is a pre-seed venture firm investing where the digital and physical world intersect.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 28%

Total Investments: 106

Top Verticals: Health Care, Hardware, Manufacturing

Website: https://bolt.io/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/bolt-io

WXR Fund

The WXR Fund invests in startups in the XR industry that are committed to balanced gender representation.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 27%

Total Investments: 11

Top Verticals: Virtual Reality, Health Care, Augmented Reality

Website: https://www.wxrfund.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/women-in-xr

Notation Capital

Notation Capital is a pre-seed venture capital firm that work with technical founding teams. Notation Capital focus on early-stage technical teams, often pre-market or even pre-product, primarily in New York, and provide capital and support to help go-to-market and scale the company.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 25%

Total Investments: 68

Top Verticals: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Health Care, Financial Services

Website: https://notation.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/notation-capital-2

Lombardstreet Ventures

Lombardstreet Ventures operates as a pre-seed venture capital firm. It draws from talents around the world and fosters the creation of Silicon Valley Realities. The company consists of a team of seasoned executives works hand in hand with a small group of highly selected entrepreneurs. Expertise in funding and guidance is offered, to ensure the creation of successful companies in the US.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 24%

Total Investments: 41

Top Verticals: SaaS, Analytics, FinTech

Website: https://www.lombardstreet.io/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/lombardstreet-io

1517 Fund

1517 supports teams with pre-seed and seed funding for technology startups. Their focus is on makers, hackers, and scientists interested in working outside tracked institutions because we believe that the path geared towards higher education is not for all. They motivate people to work on what they’re passionate about, to learn by doing, and to create new technologies.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 24%

Total Investments: 66

Top Verticals: Health Care, SaaS, Mobile Apps

Website: www.1517fund.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/1517-fund

Boost VC

Boost VC is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies focusing on cryptocurrency, virtual, and augmented reality.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 24%

Total Investments: 273

Top Verticals: Virtual Reality, Bitcoin, Blockchain

Website: https://www.boost.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/boostfunder

Ascend

Ascend is the most active pre-seed venture capital fund in the Pacific Northwest.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 24%

Total Investments: 46

Top Verticals: SaaS, E-Commerce, AI/ML, B2B

Website: www.ascend.vc

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ascend-vc

E²JDJ

E²JDJ is an early-stage venture firm investing globally in food and agriculture technology and science.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 13

Top Verticals: Foodtech, Agtech

Website: https://www.e2jdj.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/e²jdj

TheVentureCity

TheVentureCity is a global early stage venture fund, investing in product-centric startups across the US, Europe and Latam. Our data-driven nature allows us to see beyond borders, knowing talent has no zip code.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 103

Top Verticals: SaaS, AI/ML, Health Care, E-Commerce

Website: www.theventure.city

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-venture-city

Space.VC

Investing in world-class Space Tech founders and startups at pre-seed to Series A stage primarily.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 13

Top Verticals: Aerospace, Space Travel, Robotics

Website: https://www.spacevc.co/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/space-vc

Polymath Capital

Polymath Capital is a remote-first firm that invests in pre-seed and seed stage companies with an emphasis on community, longevity, and financial democratization. As an operator-led venture capital firm, we partner with ambitious founders to build the next generation of market-changing companies.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 13

Top Verticals: Health Care, FinTech, AI

Website: www.polymathcp.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/polymath-capital-partners

VitalizeVC

VitalizeVC is an early-stage VC fund investing in high potential B2B technology startups in future of work and future of learning.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 35

Top Verticals: SaaS, Analytics, Education, FinTech

Website: www.vitalize.vc/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/vitalize-vc


Side Door Ventures

Side Door Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in pre-seed through Series B startup investments.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 23%

Total Investments: 22

Top Verticals: FinTech, Blockchain, E-Commerce, Biotechnology

Website: https://sidedoorventures.co/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/side-door-ventures

Halogen Ventures

Halogen Ventures is a Los Angeles, California based Venture Capital fund focused on investing in early stage consumer technology startups with a female in the founding team. Halogen Ventures invests in pre-seed, seed and series A companies creating groundbreaking technologies and products in the consumer space.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 22%

Total Investments: 109

Top Verticals: E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail, Education

Website: https://halogenvc.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/halogen-ventures

Interlace Ventures

Interlace Ventures is an early stage fund investing in founders reimagining commerce.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 22%

Total Investments: 23

Top Verticals: E-Commerce, Marketplace, Retail Technology

Website: https://www.interlacevc.com/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/interlace-ventures

XFactor Ventures

XFactor Ventures is focused on making pre-seed and seed stage investments in companies with billion dollar market opportunities that have at least one female founder.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 22%

Total Investments: 74

Top Verticals: Wellness, Health Care, E-Commerce

Website: www.xfactor.ventures/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/xfactor-ventures


The House Fund

The House Fund is a pre-seed and early stage venture capital fund focused on the boldest Berkeley startups.

Pre-Seed or Earlier: 21%

Total Investments: 73

Top Verticals: ML/AI, Health Care, Blockchain

Website: https://thehouse.fund/

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-house-fund

All other funds in our research did not meet our criteria of at least 20% investments in the pre-seed stage or earlier, minimum 10 investments total, and at least one investment in 2022.

We hope this list is helpful, and if you have suggestions on how to make it better, please let us know!

Additions or Corrections?

If you see a mistake or would like to recommend a fund that we missed, please email the author directly at sergio [at] betaboom.com. And sorry in advance if we missed your fund on our first go-round! I’m sure this is just the beginning.

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