Cayuga Venture Fund has been a true partner from day one, and an invaluable asset to our team. From impromptu strategy sessions to customer leads and investor introductions, Jennifer and the team provided us with hands-on support and guidance during critical early phases of our company lifecycle. They are a smart, enthusiastic group and we are grateful to be working with them.
I have been involved with six CVF portfolio companies over more than a decade as founder, CEO and/or director. CVF is very supportive of the companies it invests in and takes a long-term view towards success, which has resulted in some excellent outcomes. Though small, CVF is able to greatly amplify its impact on portfolio companies through its broad network of venture firms, angel investors and family offices. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central New York benefits greatly from the presence of CVF.
CVF has been massively important to our success to this point and our ability to put ourselves in the best possible position going forward. They continued to invest – even when times were tough and bleak as they will almost always be at some point in every startup. They also all have a good sense of humor and are fun to work with – which is just as important in many ways and fits our company culture and has added to our momentum and energy as we grow.
Finding the right investor is an absolute necessity for an early-stage startup. After a long fundraising process, CVF’s advice and integrity helped us to take itellio to the next stage in our company’s lifecycle. I honestly do not know where we would be without their supportive and candid counsel.
CVF’s creativity, wisdom, and guidance in structuring the “right” investment to fit our unique needs is refreshing and highly appreciated. The open lines of communication make for quick and efficient decision making in a fast moving technology and business environment.
Working with Cayuga Venture Fund has been a fantastic collaborative experience. While working with CVF, our company transitioned from one technology to another. During the process CVF stood by us and help guide us through that transition. Their input has been invaluable and their understanding of what it takes to make a new business grow is second to none.
It is crucial, first and foremost, as an early stage startup, to have a lead investor that is both trustworthy and supportive, and we have found that in CVF. What distinguishes CVF from others is their desire to listen and help, along with being focused on our success. They always have our best interests at heart and are actively involved not only in the business side but also in our brand and employees.