Nonprofit incubator EvoNexus is now taking an equity stake in its participating startups. The group has offices in La Jolla, above, and in Irvine. Photo courtesy of EvoNexus

Nonprofit incubator EvoNexus is now taking an equity stake in its participating startups. The group has offices in La Jolla, above, and in Irvine. Photo courtesy of EvoNexus

San Diego-based technology incubator EvoNexus saw six portfolio companies exit last year.

Last year’s exits were led with the $100 million acquisition of DNA sequencing company Edico Genome by Illumina. Mortgage platform Approved was acquired by Credit Karma, financing company LoanHero was acquired by LendingPoint, and power management startup Appulse Power was acquired by Silanna Semiconductor. Two other startups, Abtum and Pet Wireless, were acquired by undisclosed companies.

EvoNexus also reported that its companies had raised record levels of financing, totaling $226 million in 2018. Some highlights include:

Semiconductor startup Syntiant’s $25 million Series B round

B2B marketing startup LeadCrunch’s $10.5 million Series B round

Security startup Obsidian’s $20 million round

DNA sequencing platform Omniome’s $60 million Series B round

Commercial real estate startup TenantBase’s $10.7 million venture round

Dental startup Inbrace’s $20 million round.

“Financings in 2018 included angel rounds ranging from $75K – $1.5M,” EvoNexus President Marco Thompson said in a news release.

To date, 77 percent of EvoNexus’ portfolio companies have raised funding from more than 175 venture capital firms while in residence at the company’s incubators in San Diego and Irvine. The program has seen 26 portfolio company exits valued at more than $850 million total.

EvoNexus has also focused on bringing in additional corporate partners for its incubator. While it has longstanding partnerships with the Irvine Company, Qualcomm and Viasat, it recently added Cubic, EMD Performance Materials, Franklin Templeton and Royal Bank of Canada as sponsors of its programs.

“Transformational long-term strategic partner sponsorships are opportunities to buildout emerging ecosystems,” EvoNexus CEO Rory Moore said in a news release. “Working with our strategic sponsors we can accelerate EvoNexus and its impact on the innovation economy. We’re now identifying and creating customized technology portfolios within EvoNexus, and in some cases incubators focusing on very specific tech sectors, all of which are driving new product roadmaps and infrastructure connections while fostering the fastest way to the commercialization of novel technologies and launch of startup companies.”