VCJ 20 Most Promising Startups – The Full List


Due to popular demand, we’re making the full list of winners of the VCJ 20 Most Promising Startups available. See my original post for the genesis of the project and how we chose the winners.

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And now—drum roll, please—here are the top 20 most promising startups that raised seed or venture funding in 2009, as chosen by the writers and editors of Venture Capital Journal.

(CORRECTION: Pixazza was backed by Google Ventures, not Google. Correction made to table. -L.A.)

VCJ 20: MOST PROMISING STARTUPS    
Rank Company Description Amount Raised Select Investors
1 Cloudera Inc. Provides services and support for Hadoop. $11M Accel Partners and Greylock Partners
2 Pixazza Inc. Develops an e-commerce enabling platform for online photos. $5.75M August Capital, CMEA Ventures, Foundation Capital and Google Google Ventures
3* On-Q-ity Inc. Develops diagnostic tools for the treatment of cancer patients at various stages of the treatment cycle. $26M Atlas Venture, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Northgate Capital Group and Physic Ventures
3* Organic Motion Inc. Provides computer vision and marker-less motion capture systems. $8.3M The Foundry Group
5* General Fusion Inc. Attempting to create a fusion-powered electrical generator. $22M Braemar Energy Ventures, Chrysalix Energy, Entrepreneurs Fund Management, GrowthWorks Capital, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
5* Motally Inc. Monitors and provides analytics for mobile Internet traffic. $1M Ron Conway, BlueRun Ventures
7 Heartland Robotics Inc. Makes robots to do manual labor. $12M Bezos Expeditions, Charles River Ventures
8* Tonchidot Corp. Provides an augmented-reality service for smartphones. $4M DCM
8* Zendesk Inc. Makes SaaS help desk systems. $6M Benchmark Capital, Charles River Ventures
10* DNP Green Technology Inc. Makes green chemicals, such as biologically based succinic acid. $12M Sofinnova Partners, Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners, Samsung Ventures Investment Corp., the Clifton Group and AquaRIMCO
10* SustainX Inc. Operates a compressed-air energy storage company. $4M Polaris Venture Partners, Rockport Capital Partners
10* bit.ly Inc. Operates a URL shortening website. $2M O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Social Leverage and The Accelerator Group
10* EnglishCentral Inc. Provides Web-based conversational English language learning. $3.5M Atlas Venture and Google Ventures
14* BioMarker Strategies LLC Developing live-tumor-cell biomarker testing system to improve the treatment of cancer. $1.7M Abell Foundation Inc.
14* Capital Schools Inc. Specializes in the education of children with autism. $1.2M Novak Biddle Venture Partners
14* Immunet Corp. Developing security applications for Facebook. $2M Altos Ventures, TechOperators
14* Ksplice Inc. Offers technology to install software updates on Linux servers without need for a reboot. $500K None
14* Nuveta Inc. Develops applications to improve in-vitro fertilization success rates. $800K Vivo Ventures
14* Stemgent Inc. Provides stem cell research technology and reagents to stem cell scientists. $14M Healthcare Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures
20 EnergyHub Inc. Makes energy management tools to reduce energy consumption of homeowners. $3M .406 Ventures and Physic Ventures
* Tied        
Source: Thomson Reuters and VCJ reporting    

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