About Refinery

Since our launch in 2017, Refinery’s vision has always been to serve exceptional leaders. We invest in early-scale tech companies with demonstrated product-market fit.

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The Refinery approach

You have to overcome gravity to get into space. We think of growth as removing constraints rather than pushing a string up a hill – and one of the biggest challenges for founders outside of big capital venture locations is receiving the funding they need in the early scale stage.

We work with startup companies in emerging venture markets, providing the mentorship and support they need to build a successful business.

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We’re proud of our hometown hustle and our roots in the Midwest. We work hard to create our own opportunities, even when that means investing where others won’t.

Laying the right foundation is what allows companies to go from seed to scale to hypergrowth. And the impact of one life-changing investment goes beyond the company with the potential to transform communities.

When we evaluate companies, we are looking for teams who exhibit the energy, perseverance, and commitment it takes to see their vision come to life. We value leaders who are hungry to learn and are open to feedback. We like working with early-scale tech companies with a solution that is compelling enough to overcome what the market currently has. The people we invest in have a clear vision of how they’re going to change their market, have a deep understanding of their industry, and see what other people don’t see.

Carmichael Roberts

“Tim is a hands-on investor who is highly engaged with helping companies. This is a rare trait and one that separates Refinery from the most other early stage investors”

- Carmichael Roberts, Material Impact

We’ve been there before, and we’ll be there to challenge your thinking – and encourage you when you need it most.

Our team at Refinery Ventures consists of serial entrepreneurs, CEOs, founders, directors, industry leaders, and seasoned advisors who have been in your position. We understand your constraints and provide the guidance you need. You don’t have to have it all figured out – let’s talk about what you do now and build a plan that gives you the confidence to become a market leader.

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We partner with innovators

We are drawn to founders who bring unique insights to tough problems that have the potential to transform our world. The good news is, you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. After all, pioneers like the first astronaut to walk on the moon were made in small places like Wapakoneta, Ohio.

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