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Venture Investors' early-stage fund grows to $115 million

Madison, Wis. - Following up on an initial closing announced last year, Venture Investors now has raised $115 million for its Early Stage Fund IV Limited Partnership.

The Madison-based venture capital firm, which raised $69 million in the initial closing, said the additional funding places Early Stage Fund IV among the largest Midwest-......

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We keep having people tell us we don't do early-stage, but that's not necessarily the case, Neis said. We did the initial funding for Third Wave Technologies, TomoTherapy, and Deltanoid. All of these were made at the point where the companies were stepping off campus.

Full article >>> western institutions because they are largely ignored by national investors.

The people of the venture community have under-weighed the Midwest area, Vanic said. The University of Wisconsin's research efforts are among the top six in the nation, in my mind, and Venture Investors has access to this cutting-edge technology.

Vanic said Thrivent also is impressed with the quality of ......

Full article >>> tors don't want to see artificial geographic boundaries being drawn.

We want to be closer to home, so it's natural that a disproportionate number of deals are made closer to our offices in Madison and Ann Arbor, Neis said, but we are targeting investments in an eight-state Midwestern region.

In addition to Wisconsin and Michigan, that region includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, I......

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