Exclusive: Wireframe's $77M fund eyes climate
Wireframe Ventures raised $77 million for a pre-seed and seed fund focused on climate tech, health and other verticals.
Why it matters: The size of the fund, and the investor interest it attracted, is the latest sign of how competition in climate tech is driving funders to seek earlier-stage — and riskier — companies.
Details: Wireframe Ventures II is the firm's second fund to target companies at the pre-seed and seed stage. It is targeting about 30 companies.
- One early Fund II company, Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies, announced $7 million in seed funding last month, led by Trucks VC, along with Wireframe and Maniv Mobility.
Catch up fast: Wireframe Ventures' first fund launched in 2016. Its investments included Span.io, which last month announced a $90 million Series B; Mammoth Biosciences, which became a unicorn in September; and Electriphi, which was acquired by Ford Motor Company last summer.
Go deeper: Wireframe's founders tell Axios their second fund has attracted a wider range of limited partners compared to 2016, including a broader array of institutional investors.
- LPs in Fund II include The Nature Conservancy and Three Cairns Group, among others.
What they're saying: "You start to see explosive valuations once there is proof in the technology, scale in the business," Wireframe Ventures managing partner and co-founder Paul Straub tells Axios. "Once there is validation in the technology, scale in the business, you attract very, very competitive rounds."