2021 Recap: Photos & Numbers from 116 Street Ventures

Check out some of the 2021 highlights and milestones from Alumni Ventures Columbia Fund

Written by

Ludwig Pierre Schulze

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A fireplace, rocking chair, and a mild case of COVID — in other words, a quiet/quarantined moment to reflect on the numbers, people, and photos that shaped 116 Street in 2021.

26 New Companies

Many with great Columbia connections, all with great potential. See 3-minute clips for some below, others can be seen on our portfolio page.

Capital Rx

Fastest-growing pharmacy benefits platform.

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Finance for women, by women.

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Online tutoring, my daughter is a fan!

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First Virtual Conference

We hosted our virtual conference, featuring Sallie Krawcheck CBS ‘92 and other 116 Street founders. 

One New Investment Committee Member to Help Us Evaluate Opportunities

Alec Hartman, founder of DigitalOcean (NYSE: DOCN), TechDay, and Welcome Homes (a portfolio company) joins us to add more of the founder’s perspective to our evaluations.

Alec joins our illustrious existing group including venture capitalists, founders, and investors. More Here.

Seven New Fellows

Seven new Fellows — participants in our one-year, part-time VC career on-ramp. All Columbia alums, of course.

Hundreds of Ways We Supported Our Portfolio Companies and Investors

  • Portfolio company to portfolio company: wonderful to introduce our CEOs and see the sparks of opportunity arise
  • Investors to portfolio companies: As advisors, Board members, and new employees
  • Portfolio companies to sales leads: e.g. intro to 7 Fortune 500 Human Resources leads (from our vast 600K+ Alumni Ventures community)
  • Or just talking through a rough patch with a Founder

New Techniques, New Growth, New Environment

  • Launched 1-1 investor chats: enabling our investors to meet one another and talk about Columbia, life, work or anything else two fellow alum may find of interest, i.e. infinite possibilities.
  • ~$900M: Alumni Ventures, our parent organization, has raised nearly ~$900M, >6x more than when I joined the company <4 years ago.
  • 6 US offices: While the 116 Street team is based in our new NYC office (see image; not my thinning spot), our group has offices in Boston, Chicago, Menlo Park, Austin, and Manchester, NH.

2022 will bring new opportunities to invest in the future on behalf of our Columbia investors and friends. If you know of a company that may be a fit – please introduce us!

I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!

-Ludwig and Andrew

116 Street Ventures seeks to build wealth for Columbia investors and friends through professional venture capital portfolios enabled by a ~$900M alumni-network powered group, Alumni Ventures.

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