Lightbank Closes $180 Million In Capital Commitments For Early-Stage Fund

By Amit Chowdhry ● March 2, 2021
  • Lightbank has closed a second early-stage venture capital fund called Lightbank II with $180 million in capital commitments. These are the details.

Lightbank has closed a second early-stage venture capital fund called Lightbank II with $180 million in capital commitments. This closing brings Lightbank’s total assets under management to $360 million. And Lightbank II’s investor base features institutional investors, family offices, and high net worth individuals.

Lightbank II will be led by founder and managing partner Eric Lefkofsky – who has also founded or co-founded Tempus, Groupon, MediaOcean, Innerworkings, and Echo Global Logistics. And in connection with the new fund, Matt Sacks will join Lightbank as a Venture Partner. Sacks – who founded Luminary Media after serving as a Principal at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) – will continue in his role at Luminary as Founder and Executive Chairman.

The new fund will be invested across a broad range of sectors such as internet, software, climate tech, and consumer brands. And consistent with the firm’s historic strategy, Lightbank II will invest across geographies and stages. 

Based in Chicago, Lightbank is aiming to capitalize on the accelerating trend of an ever-increasing number of truly disruptive technology companies founded in between the coasts. And the majority of capital will be concentrated in Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A opportunities with select growth-stage investments.

KEY QUOTE:

“When we began investing in technology entrepreneurs in the Midwest, people thought we were crazy and that you could only make money by investing in tech companies in Silicon Valley. Over the past ten years, we have backed world class companies and generated commensurate returns, a testament to the incredible talent and innovative spirit of the very entrepreneurs who others often overlook. We are thrilled to be ‘doubling down’ with Lightbank II and also thrilled to have Matt joining our team.”

— Eric Lefkofsky, Managing Partner, Lightbank