We strive to help mission-driven founders build inspiring, valuable companies from inception to exit

Travis Montaque, Founder and CEO of Holler
Travis Montaque Founder & CEO Holler
Sea Briganti, Founder and CEO of Loliware
Sea Briganti Co-Founder & CEO Loliware
Dipanwita Das, Founder and CEO of Sorcero
Dipanwita Das Co-Founder & CEO Sorcero
Lauren Salz, Co-Founder of Sealed
Lauren Salz Co-Founder & CEO Sealed

Why We Exist

The famous “hockey stick graph” looks mythical and smooth from afar, but look closely, and the true story of entrepreneurship emerges. Throughout the daily mix of ups and downs, we are there with our founders, every step of the way.

Why We Exist

Founding Principles

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    Integrity, excellence, measurable performance, and hard work underlie everything we accomplish.

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    Growing great companies is all about people.

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    We believe sustainable companies and diverse founding teams make for more successful investments.

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    The structure and model of venture capital itself is changing.

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    Companies need more than money, especially in the early stages.

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    Core problems facing early stage entrepreneurs are largely the same, regardless of sector.

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    Most entrepreneurs – even the most brilliant – are facing challenges for the first time. We’ve been there.

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    Unicorns are great, but not every successful company needs to follow this particular narrative.

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    Our involvement is designed to help increase the chances of success for our founders

About Us

Positive impact makes for stronger companies

  • 100% High Impact Companies
  • 73% Diverse Founding Teams H/L Studio
  • 100% Diverse Founding Teams CityRock Ventures

We invest at the nexus of growth, impact and diversity.
We believe that impactful companies that solve real problems for real people yield better results. We also know that diverse founders build great companies and teams, but often lack ready access to funding and resources. For us, diversity includes underrepresented minority groups in tech, including by gender, ethnicity, economic situation, LGBTQ+, and military service, among others.

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Statistics based upon current H/L Ventures Portfolio as of 3/31/21.

Positive Impact Makes for Stronger Companies

H/L Ventures is a Company Building Ecosystem

Since its founding in 2009, H/L Ventures has forged a new way to build companies. H/L Ventures’ unique approach combines Daily Active Engagement with every portfolio company and a focus on investing in growth, impact, and diversity. Today, H/L Ventures manages a family of companies and funds that together comprise a holistic company-building ecosystem.

Our Portfolio & Our Founders

Our Portfolio

  • CNote
  • Holler
  • KDCAg
  • Loliware
  • Sealed
  • Sorcero

Our Founders

  • Travis Montaque
  • Dan Nielsen
  • Marie Kloor
  • Andy Frank
  • Dipanwita Das
  • Carli Blum

Press & Media

Do Good Foods Expands with Do Good Eggs via Michael Foods Partnership

Do Good Foods Expands with Do Good Eggs via Michael Foods Partnership

Every dozen of Do Good Eggs will prevent approximately one pound of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) from entering the atmosphere, helping foodservice companies reduce their Scope 3 carbon emissions while appealing to consumers that want to purchase products that are better for the planet.

H/L Ventures part of Inc.’s annual Founder-Friendly Investors list

H/L Ventures part of Inc.’s annual Founder-Friendly Investors list

We are thrilled to share that H/L Ventures is part of Inc's fourth annual Founder-Friendly Investors list! Thank you to  for shining light on how we invest in growth, impact, and diversity! We're proud to represent ALL founders. Being founder-friendly isn't just something we do, it's who we are and our investment thesis is predicated on active engagement.

CNote Series A: Closing the Wealth Gap Through Financial Innovation

CNote Series A: Closing the Wealth Gap Through Financial Innovation

“CNote is breaking new ground in impact investment, enabling some of the largest organizations in the world to make a difference with their treasury dollars,” said Oliver Libby, co-founding Managing Partner of leading New York venture firm CityRock Venture Partners, H/L Ventures’ opportunity fund.

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