The Artemis Fund, which invests in underrepresented founders, closed on its second fund with $36 million in capital commitments.

Stephanie Campbell, Diana Murakhovskaya and Leslie Goldman Tepper based Artemis in 2019, naming the agency after the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild issues and a champion of ladies.

Artemis, with workplaces in Houston and New York, leads seed rounds for various founders in fintech, commerce and care, having to date composed a portfolio of over 20 firms which might be all led by feminine founders, with over 60% which have Black, Latinx or immigrant management.

The second fund is backed by a bunch that features Financial institution of America, Financial institution of Montreal, TIAA Nuveen’s Churchill Asset Administration, Texas Capital Financial institution, Amazon, The Rockwell Fund and Ballentine Companions.

“We actually needed to guarantee that our LPs aligned with our long-term objective of backing various founders,” Murakhovskaya advised For Millionaires. “There’s a variety of strain on that. We additionally wish to develop with them.”

The agency’s technique is to “assist transfer the funding needle for feminine and various founders by main their rounds, advocating for them, offering entry to nationwide co-investors, and instituting self-discipline early to hit actual income development,” Campbell stated.

“It’s good enterprise to have various views, and we felt that there was cash being left on the desk, and we’re there to be one of the best at it,” she stated. “We’re staying the course so we align the affect that we’re making with monetary returns, not just for our LPs, but in addition for the communities that these entrepreneurs come from.”

Extra capital concentrating on feminine and underrepresented founders, from Artemis and others, for instance Amplifica Capital and Black Tech Nation Ventures, which lately raised a $50 million fund, is nice. VC funding itself continues to be pretty stagnant in these areas, in keeping with my colleague Dominic-Madori Davis, who crunched the numbers on enterprise capital funding to those demographics earlier this month.

Funding to Black founders has declined since 2021, with Black founders within the U.S. elevating 0.48% of all enterprise {dollars} allotted final 12 months, which comes out to about $661 million out of $136 billion. Ladies obtained 2% of the entire funding annually for the previous two years.

There’s some hope, although, albeit within the type of a blended bag. Feminine founders and co-founders secured extra capital total in 2023 than they did in 2020, according to new Pitchbook research. Maybe it’s as a result of extra girls are writing checks. Pitchbook reported that on the basic accomplice stage, the share of feminine check-writers on the largest enterprise capital corporations grew barely to 17.4%. On the similar time, although, the variety of female-led startups that secured funding fell by 25%.

Artemis started investing from its first fund of $15 million in 2019. There haven’t been any exits but, nevertheless, Campbell and Murakhovskaya say the portfolio is making progress. For instance, 60% of the businesses in Fund I’ve raised follow-on capital totaling $250 million. Amongst these, 70% got here from Artemis introductions.

Whereas Artemis is much from the one fund that focuses on various founders, it’s among the many few that additionally funds tech to handle limitations confronted by missed and underrepresented companies, communities and households within the U.S., Campbell stated. Firms invested from the Fund I embrace senior house well being firm Naborforce, rideshare startup HopSkipDrive, Improve, a customized wig and extensions firm, and company lactation room providers startup Work & Mom.

In the meantime, portfolio income from that fund elevated 4 instances between 2021 to 2022 and two instances between from 2022 to 2023. Whole Fund I income in 2023 was over $100 million, they stated.

For Fund II, Artemis intends to proceed main and co-leading investments and can goal round 20 new firms. Funds deployed from this fund have already gone into Payverse, another funds processor; Max Retail, an internet platform that helps retailers and types promote their unsold merchandise; and on-line divorce platform Hiya Divorce.

The agency will proceed to put money into financial issues Campbell and Murakhovskaya say different VCs write off too rapidly.

“Lots of people don’t like to speak about uncomfortable issues, despite the fact that they’re so prevalent in our lives,” Campbell stated. “We actually care about a variety of these underlying points that have an effect on a a lot greater inhabitants than individuals understand. Particularly within the care business, it’s these large, bushy issues that nobody appears to love. As an alternative we speak about how tough they’re and that there should be options to unravel them.”