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AGILE STACKS
Automated cloud development and deployment service that provides a production-ready infrastructure for microservices

  • INDUSTRY: Software/SaaS
  • INVESTORS: Canaan Partners
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO John Mathon (BS, CS, EE, '75-'79), Board member Maha Ibrahim (PhD, '97)
  • LOCATION: San Mateo, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 2

AKSELOS
Next-generation engineering simulations for offshore oil & gas, and power system industries, making digital twins a reality

  • INDUSTRY: Mechanical CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) with IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $2.5M A round
  • INVESTORS: EuroUS Ventures; FortiCap; David Brown, Swiss Angel Investor of the Year (2016)
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Thomas Leurent (MSc MechE ’01), CTO David Knezevic (Post-doc ’11), Head of Production Phuong Huynh (Post-doc ’12)
  • LOCATION: Switzerland
  • CASTOR FUND 1

CONSUMER PHYSICS
Sells SCIO, first  sensor that hovers over and determines quality and content of foods and substances on iPhones for consumers and industry

  • INDUSTRY: Food/Chemical Sensors/Personal Health
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M C round
  • INVESTORS: Khosla, Third Point, ML Capital, Grove Partners
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Dror Sharon (Sloan MBA '06)
  • LOCATION: San Francisco, CA, R&D: Israel
  • CASTOR FUND 2

 

C2SENSE
Produces carbon nanotube gas sensors that target gases unable to be sensed through other methods for several different applications

  • INDUSTRY: Chemical, Food
  • STAGE: Seed round
  • INVESTORS: MIT's The Engine Fund, Boston Millennia Partners Fund, Thiel Foundation
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Jan Schnorr (PhD and Postdoc), Founder Tim Swager (Prof. of Chemistry), VP Product Development Bob Deans (Postdoc), R&D Manager John Goods (PhD) & others, MIT STEX25 company and Deshpande Center graduate
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

DATAXU
Petabyte-scale marketing platform that enables brands to better understand and engage consumers via programmatic technologies

  • INDUSTRY: Digital Marketing/Digital Media
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Secondary Stock Purchase to F Round
  • INVESTORS: Accomplice, Flybridge Capital, Menlo Ventures, Sky
  • MIT CONNECTION: Co-Founder & CIO Sandro Catanzaro ('06), Co-Founder & CTO Willard Simmons ('08)
  • LOCATION: Boston, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

DESERVE (formerly SelfScore)
Consumer lending company targeting deserving but underserved Millennial and Generation Z consumers who lack access to traditional credit

  • INDUSTRY: Fintech, AI
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M B round
  • INVESTORS: Accel Partners, Aspect Partners
  • MIT CONNECTION: Board Member Sameer Gandhi (BSEE '87, MSEE '88, & Accel)
  • LOCATION: Menlo Park, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

DOMO
SaaS platform for business intelligence, analysis, and collaboration

  • INDUSTRY: B2B SaaS
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series D-2
  • INVESTORS: Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, SV Angel, IVP, Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions, Greylock Partners, TPG Growth, BlackRock
  • MIT CONNECTION: Board Member Mark Gorenberg ('76 and MIT Trustee)
  • LOCATION: American Fork, UT
  • CASTOR FUND 1 & Co-Investment Program


EVERQUOTE
Online auto insurance marketplace

  • INDUSTRY: Insurance tech
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $1.5-2M secondary round to B round
  • INVESTORS: Link Ventures, Savano Capital
  • MIT CONNECTION: Founder & CEO Seth Birnbaum ('96), Founder & CTO Tomas Revesz ('95); CSO Deniz Akyuz ('93)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1, Co-Investment Program


HUMATICS
Robotics/micro-location technology/precision navigation

  • INDUSTRY: Advanced Manufacturing/Robotics
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Fontinalis Partners, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Airbus Ventures, Tectonic Ventures, and Ray Stata
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO David Mindell (Prof. of EE.), multiple MIT Team members, Board Member Frank Moss (PhD, Prof. of the Practice-Media Lab)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1 and CIP

KINSA
Kinsa is creating the world’s first real-time map of human health

  • INDUSTRY: Digital Health
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $17M B Round
  • INVESTORS: KPCB, GSR, FirstMark, Founder Collective
  • MIT CONNECTION: Founder & CEO Inder Singh MBA ’06, MS HST ’07
  • LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

MANUS BIOSYNTHESIS
Biochem manufacturer that makes cost-effective, sustainable natural ingredients from plants via an innovative fermentation technology

  • INDUSTRY: BioTech/Genomics
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M A round
  • INVESTORS: 415 Investments, NXT Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Aji Payaril (PhD, Postdoc with SMART), COO Jeff Anderson (Sloan MBA), CTO Christine Santos (PhD), Co-Founder & Board Member Greg Stephanopoulos (Prof. of Chem. Eng.)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

PASTUREMAP
Grazing management and ranching software designed to improve cattle grazing and achieve grass fed certifications

  • INDUSTRY: Agriculture / SaaS
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Seed
  • INVESTORS: OVO Fund
  • MIT CONNECTION: CTO George J. Lee (PhD '07)
  • LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 2

PRENAV
Precision drone system for industrial inspections

  • INDUSTRY: Aerospace / Robotics / Drones
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Crosslink Capital, Pear Ventures, NTT Docomo, WI Harper Group
  • MIT CONNECTION: Investor and Advisor Murthy Nukala (MSME '95)
  • LOCATION: San Carlos, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 2

READY4
Machine learning-based, gamified testing smartphone apps

  • INDUSTRY: Edtech
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M A round
  • INVESTORS: Atlas, Accomplice, Square Peg Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: Founder & CEO Elad Shoushan (MIT Sloan/MBA)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

RELAYR
Industrial IoT (IIoT) company that provides enterprise middleware and IoT solutions for the digital transformation of industries

  • INDUSTRY: Industrial Manufacturing / IoT
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series B
  • INVESTORS: Munich Re, Kleiner Perkins, Munich Venture Partners, Porsche, Cisco, Aries Capital
  • LOCATION: Berlin, Germany
  • CASTOR FUND 2

REPLENISH
The first self-cleaning appliance that instantly prepares healthy smoothies and snacks

  • INDUSTRY: Food/Snacks
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Tandem Capital, Kainos Capital
  • MIT CONNECTION: Founder & CEO Matthew Udomphol ('07), MIT Engineering Team, and Advisors
  • LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

RESPIRATORY MOTION
Revolutionary non-invasive direct respiratory monitoring, like an EKG for the lungs

  • INDUSTRY: Medical Devices
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Convertible Note to D Round
  • INVESTORS: Jean Hammond/Golden Seeds, Easton Capital, Mehta Ventures, Boston-area Angels group
  • MIT CONNECTION: VP Research Jordan Brayanov (SB'04, SM'06), Co-founder Lana Panasyuk (PhD'98 and MIT Lincoln Lab researcher)
  • LOCATION: Waltham, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1

SCANTRUST
Non-forgeable digital fingerprint to identify and locate products with a smartphone anywhere in the supply chain

  • INDUSTRY: Manufacturing and Security
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $3M A Round
  • INVESTORS: Credit Suisse, Helvetica Capital, Innogy Ventures, SOSV Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: CFO Jennifer Wu (Sloan '00)
  • LOCATION: HQ, Switzerland & Operations, China
  • CASTOR FUND 1

 

SMARTVID.IO
Smart AI-based identification of safety and machine-trained incidents at construction sites

  • INDUSTRY: Machine Vision, AI, Construction
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Autodesk, Borealis Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Josh Kanner (Sloan MBA '00), Director Sean True (PhD '80)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1, CO-INVESTMENT

 

TEAL DRONES
Drones designed to improve augmented reality, security, and inspections

  • INDUSTRY: Drones, Aircraft, Software Apps
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M A round
  • INVESTORS: Highland Capital, Pelion, NEA, IDO Investments
  • MIT CONNECTION: COO Billy McGuire (Sloan MBA '07)
  • LOCATION: Murray, UT
  • CASTOR FUND 1

 

TROCAFONE
Trocafone is an online marketplace to buy and sell used electronics, particular smartphones

  • INDUSTRY: Consumer/Retail/Marketplace
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: B round
  • INVESTORS: Sallfort, 500 Startups, Lumia Capital, Quasar Ventures, Barn Investments, FundersClub, Rocketship.vc
  • MIT CONNECTION: Co-founder and CEO Guille Freire (Sloan '13)
  • LOCATION: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • CASTOR FUND 1



 

Co-Investment Program Deals

As we build our annual portfolio of 15-25 companies, we invite our investors and others enrolled in our Co-investment Program (CIP) to participate alongside Castor in select deals.  Occasionally we also present CIP opportunities from our sister funds in the Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and Penn alumni communities. Following is a list of CIP deals we have offered.

 

BLOOM ENERGY
Off-grid industrial fuel cell power generation

  • INDUSTRY: Commercial fuel cells
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Secondary stock purchase (Series G in 2013)
  • INVESTORS: Kleiner Perkins (KPCB), NEA, John Doerr, Former Gen. Colin Powell on Board
  • MIT CONNECTION: Director Jon Lai, ('95), Sr. Mgr. Qi Wang (SM Mech. Eng. '06) and Green D(Dartmouth) sibling fund
  • LOCATION: Sunnyvale, CA

DOMO
SaaS platform for business intelligence, analysis, and collaboration

  • INDUSTRY: B2B SaaS
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series D-2
  • INVESTORS: Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, SV Angel, IVP, Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions, Greylock Partners, TPG Growth, BlackRock
  • MIT CONNECTION: Board Member Mark Gorenberg ('76 and MIT Trustee)
  • LOCATION: American Fork, UT

EVERQUOTE
Online auto insurance marketplace

  • INDUSTRY: Insurance tech
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $1.5-2M secondary round to B round
  • INVESTORS: Link Ventures, Savano Capital
  • MIT CONNECTION: Founder & CEO Seth Birnbaum ('96), Founder & CTO Tomas Revesz ('95); CSO Deniz Akyuz ('93)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA

FRESHLY
Market leader in direct-to-consumer healthy, prepared meals

  • INDUSTRY: Ecommerce
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series C
  • INVESTORS: Insight Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, Nestle, Brand Project
  • MIT CONNECTION: Sister fund, The Yard Ventures (Harvard fund)
  • LOCATION: New York, NYC

HUMATICS
Robotics/micro-location technology/precision navigation

  • INDUSTRY: Advanced Manufacturing/Robotics
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Fontinalis Partners, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Airbus Ventures, Tectonic Ventures, and Ray Stata
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO David Mindell (Prof. of EE.), multiple MIT Team members, Board Member Frank Moss (PhD, Prof. of the Practice-Media Lab)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
  • CASTOR FUND 1 and CIP

MANUS BIOSYNTHESIS
Biochem manufacturer that makes cost-effective, sustainable natural ingredients from plants via an innovative fermentation technology

  • INDUSTRY: BioTech/Genomics
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: $10M A round
  • INVESTORS: 415 Investments, NXT Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Aji Payaril (PhD, Postdoc with SMART), COO Jeff Anderson (Sloan MBA), CTO Christine Santos (PhD), Co-Founder & Board Member Greg Stephanopoulos (Prof. of Chem. Eng.)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA

SMARTVID.IO
Smart AI-based identification of safety and machine-trained incidents at construction sites

  • INDUSTRY: Machine Vision, AI, Construction
  • STAGE OF INVESTING: Series A
  • INVESTORS: Autodesk, Borealis Ventures
  • MIT CONNECTION: CEO Josh Kanner (Sloan MBA '00), Director Sean True (PhD '80)
  • LOCATION: Cambridge, MA