Press release

Madrona Launches First Acceleration Fund of $100 Million

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Today Madrona Venture Group,,
announced the closing of its first Acceleration Fund. The $100 million
fund will focus on investing in technology companies with a
differentiation in cloud computing or applied machine learning that are
emerging as leaders in their market sectors.

“Madrona has actively helped exceptional entrepreneurs and their
companies grow from the seed stage to IPOs and beyond for almost 25
years,” stated Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group.
“This fund will enable us to help a new set of companies that have found
product-market fit and are scaling to meet their fullest potential. We
will be looking to make investments in our core Seattle-area market as
well as across the country.”

Madrona Venture Group has nearly $1.6 billion under management in its
core funds, the latest being Madrona Fund VII of $300 million raised in
2018. These core funds have focused on working with founders and
entrepreneurs from the earliest days and often partnering for a decade
or more. This has meant starting with the seed or Series A round of
funding and participating through the life of the company. Amazon,
Apptio, Isilon, impinj, Redfin, and Smartsheet are examples of Madrona’s
strategy in action. In contrast, Madrona will put the Acceleration Fund
to work in new companies starting at the Series B or C investment stage,
when the company has a fully developed product with a clear market and
repeatable selling motion.

The fund will be directed by the existing managing directors and will
begin investing this year. Madrona is open to leading or co-leading the
investment rounds. For more on the fund and the view of entrepreneurs on
Madrona’s role in company building, please see Madrona’s post.

About Madrona

Madrona has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the
Pacific Northwest for nearly 25 years and has been privileged to play a
role in some of the region’s most successful technology ventures. The
firm invests predominately in seed and Series A rounds across the
information technology spectrum, including cloud infrastructure,
intelligent applications, digital media and advertising, ecommerce and
consumer software. Madrona manages nearly $1.6 billion and was an early
investor in companies such as, Apptio, Smartsheet,,
and Redfin.