What do you get when a doctor, lawyer, and professional golfer leave their day jobs to take on ecommerce like never before? Acumen Brands—a high-growth internet retailer that’s grown to a dozen online specialty shops offering merchandise in a variety of categories.
Acquired / Exited
Apparel Media Group
When three Indiana University alumni came together to launch a custom apparel printing company, they quickly discovered a market diligently seeking sponsorship opportunities. Today, Apparel Media Group helps groups land sponsorships from brands they love.
Acquired / Exited
The ARK Challenge is a business accelerator program for technology startups that addresses key technical challenges facing several of Arkansas’s major industries. 15 companies participate in 14-weeks of innovation to advance the regional competitiveness of Northwest Arkansas.
Launched in an Indiana dorm room and built on a one-of-a-kind platform, Bluebridge makes it possible for any organization to connect with its audience through a mobile app, no matter the size or level of tech savvy.
Bourbon & Boots
Bourbon & Boots is a content and commerce company for the Southern lifestyle.
Btiques allows shop owners to post and sell items to their socially savvy customers, and get discovered by new shoppers.
Shoppers are enabled to find products, follow boutiques and make purchases on the go...all from their mobile devices.
Anyone can publish a blog. But the founders of Compendium will tell you that only content that cultivates better relationships with customers and drives substantive revenue are worth having. This is Compendium—the first and only content management software built for business.
Acquired / Exited
DataRank provides an easy to use integrated analytics dashboard for analyzing all of the online conversations about your brands and competitors.
Developed by the creators of Formstack, Formspring.me is a free, embeddable Q&A form that invites users and site visitors to exchange questions and answers, and publish them to various social networks.
Acquired / Exited
No programming. No software. No special skills. With remarkable simplicity, the founders of Formstack have empowered their users with robust, easy-to-build webforms that integrate with any website.
Giggil helps users turn dust into dollars by marketing their old books, CDs, DVDs, and other media across multiple marketplaces.
It’s no secret that families are struggling today with the uncertainty of insurance coverage, increasing co-pays, long wait times and the inconvenience of today’s healthcare system. HomeDx is developing a line of at-home and in-clinic diagnostic tests that will simplify the process of testing for common ailments. We plan to change the world, one family at a time.
Jada Beauty is changing the way clients and hairstylists find each other with insightful user-powered reviews on salons, products, popular styles, and more.
Acquired / Exited
Lesson.ly helps businesses get their stakeholders up-to-speed quickly via corporate training software that makes it easy to digitize, distribute, and measure the effectiveness of learning materials.
Tools that help online retailers deliver insights and assistance like people get in brick and mortar stores, improving customer experiences, building loyalty, and increasing conversion rates ... all while delivering powerful behavior analytics to help retailers make better smarter business decisions.
MobileFWD doesn't just build apps—they build apps that empower people to learn through social environments. MobileFWD enables users to connect and learn together with apps designed for collaborative learning experiences.
Overwatch is the next generation in interactive and social gaming. Now, all of the technology gamers love from combat video games is available in real life, right on a smartphone: Live GPS Radar, Bluetooth Voice Chat, and In-Game Perks.
Less power consumption means longer battery life. NanoWatt Design is leading the way in ultra low-power integrated circuitry design, and optimizing performance for a variety of electronics, including mobile and hand-held devices.
Petbrosia is a disruptive innovation in pet health, which utilizes technology to deliver a breakthrough product and service to better meet consumer’s increasing desires to do the best for their pets.
Fed up with watching tennis balls die, high school tennis coach, Bill Dirst, started bringing them back to life with reBounces and his patented Green Tennis Machine—a tennis ball re-pressurization system that allows tennis facilities to extend the life of their practice balls.
Perspective and inspriation come from a keen awareness of one's surroundings. Smart, effective digital marketers trust Rival IQ to keep them informed with competitive context for their social and SEO analytics.
Red Clay is opening new doors for designers of home furnishings who are eager to share their creations with the world. Red Clay invites designers, consumers, and iconic brands to collaborate and turn compelling concepts into beautiful objects for the home.
RTF Logic builds enterprise grade software that helps their customers, in the retail and transportation industries, reach better qualified customers and sell more efficiently
StackSearch provides fast and feature-rich search experiences to your data. Using your data source, StackSearch handles the provisioning, installation, patching, backup, and monitoring of your elasticsearch instanced.
When two sales pros discovered it was their process—not their prowess—that was tanking their deals, they started TinderBox. Today, businesses are getting to yes faster with online creation, delivery, and tracking of their proposals.
How does a consumer find their favorite sweet treat if it's made by a confectioner over 1,000 miles away? How can that confectioner expand their reach throughout the United States? Those are the problems that the Treatsie team is trying to solve. We bring together artisan confectioners and consumers from all over the United States through experience-driven ecommerce.
Founded by accomplished medical researcher and former Marine flight surgeon, Dr. Charles Kerber, Valor Medical is an emerging medical device company that’s advancing medicine with an injectable device for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms.
VIC Growth Fund
VIC Growth Fund is an early stage fund that has placed investments into six technology companies with world changing potential. Transformative technologies include rapid testing for food safety, tools for whole heart health, breakthrough nutritional products, improved spinal injury treatments, antimicrobial nanofibers, and a supplement that improves cognitive function.
Visible simplifies the sharing, management, and reporting of data between startups and investors.
They created the first permission-based voice messaging system enabling users to create, send, and track voice messages from any web browser. Today, Vontoo serves customers nationwide as a leading provider of automated voice messaging solutions.
Acquired / Exited
What began in 2008 with only a handful of investors managing a single seed capital fund in Indiana, has quickly become an accomplished investment group of more than 60 members overseeing a growing portfolio of early stage technology businesses. Today, Gravity Ventures operates five seed capital funds based in Indiana and Arkansas, and remains dedicated to supporting the endeavors of ambitious entrepreneurs.
Current Gravity Ventures Funds:
Gravity Ventures Indiana 1 (GVI 1)
Gravity Ventures Arkansas 1 (GVA 1)
Gravity Ventures Indiana 2 (GVI 2)
Gravity Ventures Arkansas 2 (GVA 2)
Gravity Ventures Indiana 3 (GVI 3)
Step into a meeting with a Gravity Ventures investment team, and you won’t find us donning slick suits or twirling fancy pens between our fingers. You won’t find yourself in a room full of inflated egos, and you certainly won’t notice any one person seated at the head of the table, calling all the shots from a plush executive’s chair. What you will find is a collaborative, personable group of experienced investors and accomplished entrepreneurs devoting a lot of their time—and all of their brainpower—to helping bright entrepreneurs and promising ventures thrive.
We administer our portfolio cooperatively, and make our investment decisions as a group. We’re a collective of bright-minded, motivated individuals, who in addition to supporting tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, are also pursuing full-time careers, raising families, and managing ventures of our own. Which is why at Gravity Ventures, we don’t just invest in ideas; we invest in people. People just like us.
Great ventures are born from conversations. To share an investment opportunity with Gravity Ventures, send us a brief email, along with an executive summary to:
Gravity Ventures Indiana
54 Monument Circle, 6th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Gravity Ventures Arkansas
PO Box 17674
Little Rock, AR 72222