Happy Valley: Live & Launch

According to, Happy Valley is “One of the Top 15 Places to Live and Launch a Business.” Whether it’s because of the inspiring energy that students bring, or the sight of local businesses thriving in the community, Happy Valley gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to live and grow in a promising environment.  But what exactly...
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1855 Capital and Maumee Ventures Announce Investment in Phospholutions

1855 Capital is excited to welcome our newest portfolio company, Phospholutions, to the 1855 Capital family!  We have been working with Phospholutions for a while to put together a great deal and were very excited that Maumee Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE), invested alongside 1855 Capital. Phospholutions products help reduce...
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PLEDGE IT Featured on CBS Sports

1855 Capital is really proud of PLEDGE IT for helping fight childhood cancer. The annual Touchdowns Against Cancer fundraising campaign benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uses the PLEDGE IT platform to power their fundraising efforts. Recently, CBS Sports featured PLEDGE IT during the “NFL Today” broadcast and tweeted a video highlighting some of the...
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1855 Capital’s Interview on WPSU Digging Deeper

1855 Capital Managing Director Matt Rhodes, and Director of Second Stage Capital at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (and friend of the fund) John Sider, sat down with Penn State President Eric Barron to talk about the impact of the INVENT Penn State initiative and 1855 Capital on communities in Pennsylvania.  The interview aired...
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PSU Startup Week Social Innovation Challenge

Background Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to compete in the first ever Penn State Startup Week Social Innovation Challenge. This competition pitted just over a dozen teams against each other in a chance to create a startup that somehow betters society. It was split into two rounds of judging, with seven teams advancing past...
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