The second Propel Baltimore Fund is now live - Baltimore


Oct. 5, 2015 10:32 am

The second Propel Baltimore Fund is now live

The foundation-backed pool of capital looks to fund tech companies stuck between seed funding and Series A.

BandHappy received the first check cut from the Propel Baltimore fund in 2013. Left to right: TEDCO Managing Director Randy Domolky, BandHappy's Jonathan Rivlin, TEDCO President Rob Rosenbaum and BandHappy's Andy Meister.

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The second edition of a VC fund to provide investments for Baltimore tech companies was officially launched last week.

The Propel Baltimore Fund II currently has $4.45 million, according to an SEC filing. Up to $15 million could be raised, the filing states.

The fund, which is backed by large foundations and corporations, is designed to help companies who are past the “friends and family” and seed rounds. That is the point where companies often consider leaving the city.

Money from the fund has also spurred companies like edtech startups Citelighter and Three Ring to move to Baltimore.

Propel I made a total of 10 investments.

“Propel II has increased the number of new Limited Partners, to include several new foundations, corporations and private investors,” said Managing Partner Chris College of Columbia-based TCP Venture Capital, which manages the fund. “Propel II was raised quickly as a result of the success of Propel I, and the momentum of new jobs and economic development that it has created in the City of Baltimore.”

College declined to name the foundations and companies backing the fund. The Abell Foundation and France Merrick Foundation were the lead investors in the first fund. Back in June, the Sun reported that Propel II was in the works.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.


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