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Venture Investors looks to fund 20 companies

Madison, Wis. - Since its inception, Venture Investors has emphasized the "entrepreneur-in-residence" model that was popularized on the coasts, and it now has amassed enough capital to invest in 20 additional early-stage businesses.

The Madison-based venture capital firm announced it has raised $69 million from mostly Wisconsin sources......

Full article >>> /">WEA Insurance, all based in Madison; Robert W. Baird and Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee; Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point; and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Minneapolis.

Monica Jaehnig, portfolio manager for SWIB, said the boar......

Full article >>> are encouraged to seek Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other government grants as long as the money is sought for their core research.

Although the bulk of Venture Investors' investments have gone to companies spun out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neis indicated the new fund would not ignore other regions.

"We view this as a Midwestern fund for a seven-......

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