Starting off with a massive $672M and going all the way down to $50M, here is a list of the  Venture Capital funds (VC and private equity firms) to have raised the most money in December 2013, in order to keep on funding companies in 2014.

Date Venture Capital Funds / Private Equity Amount
20/12/2013 General Catalyst Partners $675m
05/12/2013 Benchmark $425m
02/12/2013 Mill Road Capital Management $420m
08/12/2013 High Road Capital Partners $320m
05/12/2013 Dell Ventures $300m
01/12/2013 Volition Capital $170m
26/12/2013 DFW Capital Partners $162.5m
02/12/2013 21 Partners $81.3m
16/12/2013 McRock Capital $50m

Venture Capital Biggest funds!

At the top of the the list is General Catalyst Partners – the only one to have raised over half a billion. It is a major venture capital firm that supports early stage tech-companies. They have invested in big names, such as Airbnb (series B), KAYAK (series A, B and D), Stripe (series B) and Snapchat (series B).

Benchmark, invests in disruptive Social, Mobile, Local and Cloud companies and has invested in companies including Instagram (series A and B), eBay and Twitter (series C and D). An interesting fact about it, is that back in 2012, it decided to take down its full scale website. Since then, there has only been the logo, contact address and a link to its twitter page.

Next on the list is Mill Road Capital, which invests in publicly traded micro-cap companies in the US and Canada, with the aim of taking them private. Its portfolio includes Destination Maternity (designer and retailer of maternity apparel), Rubio’s Restaurants (a chain of over 200 Mexican restaurants) and Vision7 International (an international marketing communications company).

Dell Ventures a Strategic Investment Arm of Dell

Dell Ventures is a strategic investment arm of Dell, that has previously invested in Skyera, OpenStack, etc. With the new venture fund, it aims to expand from backing only storage startups, into several other types, including cloud computing, big data, security, mobility and next-generation data center companies. Now Dell Ventures have 300 Millions more to invest. (Venture Capital funds)

Volition Capital, DFW Capital Partners

After a big drop down to $170M, is Volition Capital, investing in high potential, founder-owned companies across different technology sectors that are already profitable, or about to break even. The fund exceeded their target of $150M.

DFW Capital Partners, primarily funding service companies, with an emphasis on healthcare and outsourced business and industrial support services, raised a total of $162.5M (also exceeding their $150M target). Already in December, they had invested some of the funds in three companies – Information Innovators, Covenant Surgical Partners and Sebela Pharmaceuticals.

The Italian Guys, and McRock Capital

21 Partners is an Italian private equity firm founded in 1992. It usually acts as a lead equity investor in buy-out and growth capital transactions targeting SMEs in the €50-200M range. It raised €60M as its first Polish fund and along with four Polish partners, created 21 Concordia.

Finally at $50M, is McRock Capital with headquarters in Toronto. It specialises in “intelligent infrastructure” targeting the intersection of sensors & software and large industrial markets (everything to do with advanced sensors, intelligent machines, data networks and analytic software).

In case you missed it, make sure to also check out the post covering the most funded companies of December 2013!


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