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The Venture Center works with entrepreneurs, researchers and investors to create new startup companies based on research at the University of Minnesota.
Since 2006, the U of M has launched 100 startup companies based on University technology, marking a milestone in the U’s efforts to assist faculty and staff in commercializing their inventions. Three out of four startups are based in Minnesota and 83 percent are still active today, well above the national average. In total, the companies have raised more than $219 million in investment capital.
See a complete list of U of M startup companies.
The Venture Center teams up with University researchers, entrepreneurs and investors in services essential to the establishment and success of new companies, including:
The Business Advisory Group helps the Venture Center find resources to launch U of M startups. A key part of its help is the recruitment of an outside founding executive. Other expectations include:
The CEO-in-Residence program allows successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and business people to participate in reviewing intellectual property and leading new startups coming out of the University. The Venture Center is constantly on the lookout for leaders with a proven track record of running successful startups, expertise in raising money at an early stage and with experience evaluating technology-based startup opportunities.
Discovery Capital is an innovative investment program that supports early-stage companies commercializing University of Minnesota technology. Eligible companies can secure up to three tranches of $350,000 in matching equity investment to help attract external capital and decrease the time it takes to bring promising innovations to market.
The Venture Center maintains active relationships with angel investors, venture capital firms, and private equity investors across all of these disciplines. If you are either an accredited investor or represent an investment group and have expertise in a particular field, there may be investment opportunities with Venture Center startups across a wide spectrum of industries and technologies.