LaunchCapital Announces Investments in Six Startups

3/26/09Follow @bbuderi

Massachusetts venture investors have long taken heat for the perception, at least, that they shy away from very early-stage (read, risky but potentially game-changing) investments—and many folks have pointed to a relative dearth of venture firms that specialize in seed-stage plays.

In recent months, though, there seems to be a definite uptick in interest in early-stage investments. In February, Wade wrote about the Boulder-CO-based TechStars startup boot camp coming to Cambridge. And just yesterday, we carried the news about Boston’s Spark Capital and its new startup seed fund.

On the heels of the Spark announcement, another venture firm in the early-stage arena, Cambridge, MA-based LaunchCapital, announced its latest round of seed investments. Ryan profiled the firm back in January, and LaunchCapital, as we have disclosed, was an investor in Xconomy’s Series A-1 round last November. The firm, which has offices in New Haven, CT, and San Francisco, in addition to Cambridge, specializes in smallish investments—averaging around $125,000—across a variety of industries. And Elon Boms, a founder and the managing director of LaunchCapital, told Ryan the firm typically makes its decision within 10 weeks of hearing the first pitch (yeah!).

Yesterday’s announcement covered six startups—five in New England—the company has invested in over the past three months. In alphabetical order, they are:

—Cardiophotonics (New Haven, CT) — Develops non-invasive blood monitors used to detect cardiac arrhythmia and dehydration

FMP Products (Greenwich, CT) — Laboratory automation equipment and related software—initially in fields of sample processing, imaging, and liquid handling—designed to increase researcher productivity

—Helix (Guilford, CT) — DNA therapeutics

iTeam (Westford, MA) — Seeks to simplify IT and audio/visual installation through Software-as-a-Product model

SafePorch (Dunnellon, FL) — Like the name sounds, offers specialized storm shelter products in hurricane prone regions of the country

Vigix (Cambridge, MA) — Next generation kiosk technology for self-service retail sales

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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