A  The Yard Ventures


     Office Locations:

121 W Wacker Drive, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    The Yard Ventures is a community of Harvard alums: investors, executives, entrepreneurs, and innovation enthusiasts with a connection to one of Harvard's 15 schools. At its core, Yard Ventures is a Harvard alum venture fund investing in Harvard alum-led companies. The group is private, for profit, and not part of Harvard. Every year, Yard raises capital from up to 99 alums ($50k - $500k per investor) then source deals from the Harvard network. The group invests in 20 - 30 deals per year spanning a range of industries, stages, and geographies. Investors musts be accredited--annual income of $200k+, or with spouse $300k+.

    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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    Lacey Farrell Johnson Investing Partner
    Michael Madden Managing Partner and Co-Founder
    Nancy Fechnay Senior Principal


    Portfolio companies include:

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      NewLeaf Symbiotics
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      Pet Plate

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      Sidecar E-Commerce
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