Community

Since 1996, Polaris Partners has worked to develop a new model for venture capital. The firm’s founding partners eschewed traditional transaction-based interactions, seeking deeper, long-term relationships with entrepreneurs.

This basic principle continues today and has allowed us to build strong, enduring partnerships with leading, like-minded entrepreneurs shaping innovation across Technology, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors.  Together, we now form a larger networked, supportive community with a shared passion for achievement.

Fairness and true partnership are cornerstones of our community and our fundamental approach over multiple generations. Building deep and enduring relationships with special entrepreneurs — who are true innovators — enables our repeated success.

Operating Approach

Each day the CEOs at our family of companies are tackling important business challenges, and Polaris’ partners and our extended community are there to help.

Having invested in more than 240 diverse companies, our partners have worked with CEOs to navigate many tough decisions.  We’ve worked through good and bad economic cycles, and that repeated experience grounds informed decision making.

Our CEOs have access to an extended network of advisors that includes senior executives of public and private businesses, established thought leaders across Technology, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors, as well as gifted operational professionals with expertise in areas such as market dynamics, business development, R&D, financial and strategic planning, mergers/acquisitions.

Diversified Strategy

We believe that diversification is the most successful long-term venture capital investment strategy.

Our experienced, multi-generational partnership invests in seed- and early-stage companies, as well as in high-growth middle market companies.  We also invest across three focus areas: Technology, Healthcare, and Consumer.

With offices in Boston, San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland, we have strong regional diversity, putting us at the forefront of emerging trends across our key areas of focus.

Multi-Stage Investors

We invest across all company lifecycle stages, and are the lead or co-lead investor in virtually all of our portfolio companies.

As seed- and early-stage investors, we take an active, long-term role in helping our family of companies develop into successful, market-leading businesses.

Through our growth equity and buyout investments, we support teams as they are making important business model changes or are seeking liquidity.