VC  Shepherd Ventures

     Office Locations:

11526 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite F
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858-742-8228
Fax: 858-509-3662



  • Early
  • Expansion
  • Growth



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 2001, Shepherd Ventures is a venture capital fund that focuses on first and later stage investments. Shepherd Ventures chooses first stage companies with products incorporating disruptive technology that are ready for commercial release. Investments in these companies may be part of the first or second round of institutional capital. Seed stage opportunities will generally not be considered. Desirable later-stage companies have received prior venture capital, or achieved growth and operational maturity without venture funding, and have profitable products, brand identity, market traction, and satisfied customers. Shepherd Ventures has a geographic preference for companies located in Southern California and the Southwest, particularly San Diego. Shepherd currently seeks new investment opportunities in the fields of Information Technology (Software, Enterprise Applications, Wireless & Mobile Computing, Networking, Communications Infrastructure) and Life Sciences (Medical Devices, Biotherapeutics, Specialty Diagnostics, Bioinformatics, Healthcare IT).

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Fred D. Lawrence Venture Partner
    George C. Kenney Managing Director
    John R. Nelson Venture Partner
    Olga Kitsakos Operations Partner
    Richard P. Kuntz Managing Director


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