Ureeka, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based community and platform that connects Next Wave Entrepreneurs to the human, financial and technological capital they need to grow and scale their businesses, secured $8.6M in funding.
Backers included Bullpen Capital, Chicago Ventures and Salesforce Ventures.
The company intends to use the funds to expand the Ureeka Community, which is built to support Next Wave Entrepreneurs – the small to mid-sized business owners and entrepreneurs across the country, outside of tech hubs and networks, with the potential to drive massive growth and job creation for the U.S. economy.
Led by Dave Jakubowski and Melissa Bradley, co-founder, Ureeka connects business owners with a community of peers, mentors, and coaches; tools such as a proprietary Growth Framework; and a marketplace of curated specialists who provide services. The community currently has thousands of members with companies that span across industries including retail, fashion and beauty.
The company’s network of volunteer mentors includes former and current employees from Facebook, Snap, Salesforce, Google, Adobe and others. Members are paired with mentors based on the unique challenges and goals of their business. Coaches are vetted professionals with deep entrepreneurial and industry experience that provide members with customized support for the life-cycle of their business.