VC  Dakota Venture Group

     Office Locations:

Center for Innovation, Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-610-9196
Fax: 701-777-2339



  • Early



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in September 2006, the Dakota Venture Group (DVG) is a University of North Dakota, student run venture capital investment fund. DVG is one of only a few student managed venture capital funds in the United States. The investment strategy of DVG includes making investments in high-growth ventures started by entrepreneurs in Minnesota and North Dakota. DVG also has a priority to invest in companies started by UND students and alumni. All investments are made with the goal of fostering statewide economic growth. DVG currently has a non-profit 'evergreen fund' fueled by benefactors and is currently in the process of starting a for-profit fund which will produce returns for DVG investors. Harvest Fund Partners, LLC was organized in July 2009 as a new venture between the DVG, Inc. and Evergreen Investment Management (EIM). DVG, Inc. is a North Dakota 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by the members of the Dakota Venture Group at the University of North Dakota. DVG, Inc.'s Board of Directors consists of a self perpetuating group of students with experience managing the Dakota Venture Group's Innovation Fund, a $400,000 angel capital fund. Over the past six years more than 60 DVG student members have screened over 150 companies and made 13 investments.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Dara Morehouse Managing Director of IT and Operations
    Dylan Diede Managing Director of Finance
    Emily O'Brian Chairman
    John Oleksik Managing Director of Marketing
    Whitney Page Managing Director of Business Development


    Portfolio companies include:

      Acuity Medical International
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      Clean Republic
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      Club Express
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      Larada Sciences
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      Real Simple Furniture
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      The Leikas Group
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      The Wine Standard
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