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Seed Funding

Seed stage investing tends to sit between angels and the traditional venture capital Series A funding. Seed investments typically range from $250K to $2M, giving a company up to 18 months of runway.

I have listed below some investment firms that focus on seed stage investing or opportunities to pitch to seed investors.

Abundant Venture Partners
Based in Chicago, Abundant is a purpose-based incubator focused on service-based companies in media and healthcare. AVP acts as an active mentor, supporter, and accelerator to their portfolio companies.  This begins with a focus on getting to profitable revenue as quickly as possible to maintain ownership.  

Accelerator Ventures
Accelerator is a venture capital firm in San Francisco that invests in early stage technology companies, working actively with entrepreneurs to create the next generation of great companies. They assist consumer-facing companies seeking their first round of seed funding.

Dell Innovators Credit Fund
Led by Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell's first EIR, Dell is pledging $100 million to start up companies. 

New Cycle Capital
Based in San Francisco, New Cycle is an early-stage venture capital firm supporting great businesses that combine strong economic opportunity with a commitment to making a difference in the world. Their portfolio companies are mission driven with a focus on the extended green economy and lower-income populations. New Cycle will invest in capital-efficient businesses in the first round of institutional capital, often as the only fund alongside angel investors.

O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures is a seed stage investor based in San Francisco that is in the business of funding disruptors, innovators, and hackers of the status quo. 

Oxeon Partners
Oxeon is a highly specialized retained search firm that works exclusively in the healthcare technology and services market. Oxeon supports their early-stage clients and the executives they recruit with direct angel and early-stage venture investments, co-investments with the leading healthcare venture funds in the country and LP investments in healthcare institutional investors.

SVB Showcase
This event will focus on companies in the software and services and digital health sectors seeking between $500k and $1.5M in seed and Series A funding. Each company has seven minutes to convince an audience of top-tier bay area investors that their technology is the next great thing. Next Showcase is Sept 26, 2012.

There are some perils to be aware of raising seed capital from traditional VC firms as this Tech Crunch article outlines well. Be wary of "option value" investments and "signaling effect".