Garry Elevator makes $1-3M pre-seed and seed investments into platforms for community-led investment.

What We Look For

Our portfolio companies increase communities' ability to form capital and invest it behind their biggest priorities. Our current areas of focus are infrastructure deployment, climate resilience, and community wellbeing. With the rise of new technologies and financial structures, these products and platforms can take many forms. We will deploy capital into industries ranging from media production to infrastructure deployment to coastal modeling. From an investment structure perspective, we have invested in platforms that use organizing methods such as co-operative governance or mutual aid and technologies such as crypto protocols to transform the cost and scope of community investment.

what we value

Dignity - We respect the people and the places we work with. We help realize unique, thriving futures without prescribing a shape or type of growth. We emphasize dignity, but are not concerned with being dignified. We prefer authentic relationships.

Community - We show up whenever and however we can for the communities and companies we work with. We expect to find creative discord, but do not delight in conflict. We consider community the people whose differences we understand.

Work. Wealth and work are intimately related. We aspire to make equity or royalties available to all that bring value to our companies. Our capital does not confer the right to be a long-term stakeholder. We will work to earn that privilege.

Who answers the phone

John Garry has spent much of his life exploring community and capital. His paternal grandfather operated a grain elevator for the better part of 45 years and this firm seeks to continue his legacy of sophisticated, hyperlocal financial services. John’s work in endowment management and venture capital has shaped an investment philosophy that emphasizes resilience and relationship over other factors. At the University of Notre Dame, he led the Investment Office’s research and investments into cryptoassets. At High Alpha, he helped to invest in early stage companies and scale the firm’s corporate venture studio arm. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York but will always call South Bend, Indiana home.

Garry Elevator makes $1-3M pre-seed and seed investments into platforms for community-led investment.

Every community has the right to imagine and invest in a thriving future. Across the country and around the world, people and their places are facing existential challenges. They need tools to manage their internal resources and new means of accessing external financing.

We invest in platforms that advance infrastructure deployment, climate resilience, and wellbeing. Our deep relationships in the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and the Gulf South give us the perspective to identify critical areas of divestment and the courage to bet on the technology and capital structures that could help. Our writing explores these issues as investors, builders, and participants in community.