Prime Movers Lab has raised $245 million for its third early-stage fund, aimed at supporting scientific startups.
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Prime Movers Lab: Pioneering Breakthrough Science Startups

Prime Movers Lab, a venture capital firm on a mission to revolutionize the world’s most crucial industries and improve the lives of billions, recently announced the successful raising of $245 million for its third early-stage fund, bringing the firm’s total assets under management to an impressive $1.2 billion. The latest investment vehicle, like its predecessors, aims to support visionary startups addressing some of humanity’s most significant challenges in energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, human augmentation, and agriculture sectors. With a proven track record of identifying and nurturing breakthrough companies, Prime Movers Lab has already made several promising investments that are redefining the future.

The firm’s previous funds, namely Prime Movers Lab Fund I, Prime Movers Lab Fund II, and Prime Movers Lab Early-Growth Fund, have already facilitated the growth of remarkable companies like Tarana Wireless, Boom Supersonic, Axiom Space, and E-Space, which are at the forefront of innovation in various industries.

Web3 and generative AI startups may have captured the attention of many venture capital investors in recent times, leading to inflated valuations. However, Prime Movers Lab has chosen to focus on early-stage founders and startups with solutions aimed at solving real-world problems. Founder and General Partner of Prime Movers Lab, Dakin Sloss, emphasized the need to address critical issues such as the challenges posed by an aging population and the growing demand for sustainable energy. By investing in mission-critical solutions, the firm aims to contribute significantly to the advancement of society.

One of the factors that set Prime Movers Lab apart from its peers is its access to high-quality deal flow, especially with serial entrepreneurs. Since its establishment in 2018, the firm has diligently conducted due diligence on thousands of companies, attracting leading founders and top talents from prominent universities and incubators. This has allowed the firm to engage with some of the most promising startups in the scientific and technological space.

Several of these investments have already borne fruit. Among the startups supported by Fund III are Quantum Space, a Cislunar infrastructure provider; Gilgamesh Pharmaceuticals, a mental health therapeutics company; Paradromics, a brain-computer interface developer; and Robust.AI, an innovative robotics company. Founders of these companies have praised Prime Movers Lab for its hands-on approach and unwavering support throughout their journey, setting it apart from conventional venture capital firms.

Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Quantum Space, Kam Ghaffarian, acknowledged the unique partnership that Prime Movers Lab forms with its portfolio companies. The firm’s proactive involvement in helping companies raise capital and navigate challenges has been instrumental in their success.

The sentiment is echoed by Jonathan Sporn, Founder and CEO of Gilgamesh Pharmaceuticals, who credits Prime Movers Lab’s investments and support for paving the way in the field of mental health treatments. Similarly, Matt Angle, CEO, and Founder of Paradromics, commends the firm for playing a vital role in helping startups tackle significant problems and successfully bringing their innovations to market.

Rodney Brooks, Co-founder, and CTO of Robust.AI, emphasized the intentionality and effectiveness of Prime Movers Lab’s due diligence process, which proved to be a defining factor in their partnership. The firm’s thorough research and understanding of the robotics sector helped Robust.AI stand out amidst a competitive landscape.

Prime Movers Lab is not your ordinary venture capital firm. It is a team of visionary investors committed to supporting scientific startups that hold the potential to transform billions of lives. Their investment focus spans a wide range of groundbreaking technologies, including fixed-wireless access, supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, space transportation, satellite constellations, batteries, brain-computer interfaces, mental health treatments, nano-structured materials, wafer slicing, prosthetics, 3D printing, mobility, longevity, and AI.

What sets Prime Movers Lab apart is its dedication to partnering with founders from an early stage, providing them with comprehensive support and expertise. Their approach, backed by a solid track record, makes them a trailblazer among venture firms dedicated to breakthrough science. With their continued commitment to identifying and nurturing visionary companies, Prime Movers Lab remains at the forefront of reshaping industries and driving positive change for a better future.

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