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2020 was a monumental year that came with many changes and new opportunities. At Piva, we entered the year having just launched our firm and hit the ground running determined to discover and back the people, companies and breakthrough technologies needed to usher in a new era of industry and energy. When faced with lockdown orders brought on by the pandemic just a few months later, our team buckled down to discover this next generation of startups no matter the circumstance.

As the world began to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many times in the beginning it was uncertain what lay ahead in the startup ecosystem and if there would be an acceleration of technology to address new demands. However, more than ever, we saw the world lean on technology innovation to address the pandemic’s labor and food shortages, rising climate change concerns, and a greater push to go green. …


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At Piva, we look to back the companies that will define the new era of industrial activity. At the heart of this is the electronic switch — one of those ubiquitous and forgotten components that underpins all electrical systems. Yet today’s switches are far from ideal in powering the modern or future world, forcing the industry to accept trade-offs between size, efficiency, reliability and cost.

This is precisely why we’ve placed our bets on Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), who has just announced their $44M Series B round to provide a game-changer to those who design electronic systems. …


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In today’s grocery stores, cartons of plant-based milk dominate the “dairy” aisles and are only increasing in popularity. Products such as soy, almond and oat milk have built alternative milk into a $2B market that currently makes up ~14% of total milk sales in the United States. These products have become mainstream ingredients in recipes and coffee orders like the Oat Milk Latte.

The plant-based milk industry originated when the Food and Drug Administration publicly stated that soy foods were heart-healthy and a good source of protein in 1999. Fast forward 17 years later and Danone, a multinational food-products corporation, acquired WhiteWave, a plant-based food, beverage, and organic produce company for $10B — this kickstarted a wave of new investment. …


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The Urbint Team

The wave of digitalization that has transformed the consumer landscape is just now starting to create value in the industrial economy. While major infrastructure projects such as electricity, gas, water and telecommunication networks have steadily improved the quality of life over the past century — most of the technology that underpins these most essential services is dated to say the least.

At Piva, we look to back the companies that will define the new era of industrial activity. We see a huge opportunity in applying technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), to bring utilities into the digital age and create tremendous value by more efficiently assessing risk within complex and critical pieces of infrastructure. …


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This week, the entire Piva team had plans to travel to some of our favorite annual events to connect with entrepreneurs, investors and other industry leaders. Like most other large conferences and events around the world, they were all cancelled, and we found ourselves unexpectedly together in the office, struggling to discuss anything but COVID-19. …

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Bennett Cohen

Partner at Piva

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