reinforce your journey with our network of 1600 investors, entrepreneurs & engineers

Reinforced Ventures brings together experienced technologists & investors to empower entrepreneurs building the next generation of autonomous systems, robotics and biotechnology. We are based out of Pittsburgh, PA but invest globally.

RFV has been great to work with. Although thorough, their process was very efficient and they were always cognizant of the utilization of our time as founders running a company. It is refreshing to interface with investors like RFV who bring immense strategic value and are very efficient in their diligence. Within the first 2 weeks of making the investment, they started providing significant value in being a sounding board to our growth strategy. We need more funds like RFV in the region! 

Ryan Green, CEO of Gridwise

about

Reinforced Ventures was founded by technologists with a mission to serve and fund the next generation of technologists, starting with a syndicate of Pittsburgh-based accredited investors which has grown to 1600 and growing nationally.

We invest globally but are based in Pittsburgh giving us the advantage. Pittsburgh is a leader in technical capabilities and talent with over $10 billion of academic research funded and $6.6 billion of private funding in technology over the past decade. The lion's share of which was in technologies that are defining the future of how we live and work - software for autonomous operations, robotics hardware, IoT, cybersecurity and privacy, and transformative SaaS platforms.

 

Funding brings talent (+12% in the software workforce over the last 3 years) who are attracted to Pittsburgh as R&D and employment opportunities compete with Silicon Valley while cost of living is one of the lowest in the country. This in turn produces more early stage investment opportunities.

 

We are best positioned to capture those opportunities with deep local & extensive national networks.

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Euan Guttridge, Founder.

Currently Director of Technical Program Management at Waymo, previously served at Uber ATG (self-driving) as Head of Technical Program Management in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. Prior to that wore various hats at Google and Google [X] for ten years leading initiatives in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Early stage investor since 2010, with a focus on autonomous systems and robotics.

Liam Krut, Investment Partner.

 

Full time with Reinforced Ventures, previously a private equity diligence consultant for software company acquisitions with computational biology background at CMU, research experience at Harvard/MIT, and founder of a biotechnology and a cybersecurity company. Liam's focus is biotechnology investments. 

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our portfolio

consolidating fragmented mobility service data  to increase driver earnings, inform cities and drive insights for businesses (Pittsburgh) | more 

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automating freight logistics starting with autonomous convoy trucking, reducing the pain of labor shortages and fuel costs (Pittsburgh) | more

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a unique e-commerce experience that gives buyers premium wine at a great value, without discounting the price and devaluing the brand (San Francisco) | more

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delivering the promise of autonomous vehicles through software safety validation and risk analysis for the auto & freight insurance industry (Pittsburgh, Munich) | more

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last-mile delivery as a Service for food delivery aggregators with all-weather, low cost, remote piloted robots (Toronto) | more

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an online marketplace that helps local small businesses borrow expansion loans from their own customers  (Pittsburgh) | more

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robotic swarm-farming venture providing an open platform for precision and powered deployment of farm technology  (Saskatchewan) | more

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the worlds first VR movement solution  (Pittsburgh) | more

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surgical navigation and robotics tools to make minimally invasive surgeries easier, faster and more accessible (Boston, MA) | more

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Unprecented observability in global internet infrastructure (LA, CA) | (more)

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transforming ADAS validation with a new software platform that automates and enhances the validation and training  (Boston, MA) | (more)

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robots that boost the altitude of satellites, provide simple repairs, adjust inclination, or launch of heavier satellites (Irvine, CA) | (more)

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printing highly viscous fluids onto 2D and 3D surfaces and suspensions (Cambridge, MA) | (more)

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Onyx makes livestream monetization simple
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a better way to discover, collaborate, and distribute relevant third-party content that helps turn leads into loyal customers (Pittsburgh) | more

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combining vertical farming with proprietary robotics and artificial intelligence to create an entirely new category of hyper-local fresh produce (Pittsburgh) | more 

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self-driving database tuning through workload analysis and configuration optimization through a machine-learned approach (Pittsburgh) | more 

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Autonomy-as-a-Service for commercial lawn care, using a clamp on robotic system that can automate existing fleets. (San Francisco) | more

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resetting a key mechanism of aging - extending telomeres to extend the human healthspan  (Stanford, CA) | more

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smart, contactless shopping for everyone else (Seattle) | more

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Chef-created, robot-plated affordable healthy meal bowls (San Mateo, CA) | more

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linking proteins - as fundamental for building medications and therapies as a hammer or drill is for building a house (Berkeley, CA) | (more)

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Accurate, fast, and affordable utility inspection (Pittsburgh, PA) | (more)

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platform for testing medications in living human cells; creating real-time snapshots to measure biochemical activity and gene expression. (Seattle) | (more)

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NLP models generate nutrition labels for text with 95% accuracy for editorial bias, sensationalism, colloquialism, socioeconomic bias, bot identification, and more (Atlanta) | (more)

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focused on a new advancement in the treatment of chronic inflammatory disease with microbiome-derived metabolites as drugs (Pittsburgh, PA) | (more)

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Reinforced Ventures truly operate as a partner. They objectively provide the most detail and clarity possible to LPs - allowing them to make the best decision for them while also being highly communicative and identifying all avenues to help the entrepreneurs they work with meet their goal.

Scott Rogerson, CEO UpContent

 

join us

Founders, here is what we look for :

  • Irreplaceable competency : founders with unique, deeply technical niche expertise and business acumen.

  • Platforms :  businesses that will sell full stack solutions to multiple industries or markets.

  • Overlooked technologies : areas of robotics, autonomy, biotechnology, or advanced materials that are not in vogue 

Investors : Whether you are an executive, founder or engineer you are welcome to join us on our journey of learning from, investing in and serving our portfolio companies.

 

Each investment we put before the syndicate is opt-in. We use AngelList's deeply experienced legal and operations team to administer the syndicate. All your paperwork, certificates, tax K1s and portfolio are accessible online.

 

Our LP base ranges from highly sophisticated investors through to those simply wishing to learn about startup investing in an opt-in and supportive environment. 

We also offer a fund focused on autonomous systems, robotics and biotechnology with a quarterly subscription. 

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Reinforced Ventures literally hit the ground running as a team member. They are the ideal support and sounding board one can imagine: always there when you need them, very generous with time and brain cycles, but also very cognizant of the founders' time. Euan is incredibly articulate and his sense of clarity around otherwise very complex concepts is both very assuring and compelling. 

Çetin Meriçli, CEO Locomation

Every good VC and investment partner does what they say they are doing to do. Reinforced Ventures has done exactly that since the first introductory call with clarity, transparency, and a network of important expertise. We're excited to continue working with the Reinforced Ventures team to help take our business to new heights.

Austin Webb, CEO Fifth Season

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"Reinforced Ventures is an exemplary value-add investor. Even prior to closing their investment, they leveraged the power of their extensive network to connect us with a prominent mechanical engineering director at a top 5 robotics company who became both a formal advisor and major investor. As a result, Reinforced Ventures accelerated our go-to-market and propelled our business to the next level."

Brad Factor, CEO, EKTO VR