FOF/PE/VC  GF Private Equity Group

     Office Locations:

14929 Highway 172, Suite 302
Ignacio, CO 81137
Phone: 970-764-6300
Fax: 970-764-6301



  • Early
  • Middle Market



  • Communications & Networking
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Medical Device
  • Software & Internet



    GF Private Equity Group, LLC is one of several component companies of the Southern Ute Growth Fund (see profile), a diversified investment and business management organization owned by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The principal mission of GF is to invest capital provided to it by the fund on behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in a variety of private equity funds and direct investments in companies for three primary reasons: pursue above-average investment returns, contribute to asset diversification of the Southern Ute Growth Fund, and provide long-term economic benefits to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The fund is the business investment arm of the tribe and possesses assets in several industries and investment categories that are approaching $2 billion in value. Since its inception in 2003, the management team of GF Private Equity Group has consummated numerous investment transactions ranging from early-stage venture capital to leveraged buyouts, special situations, and investments in private equity funds. Industry focus includes technology/software, life sciences/medical devices, telecommunications/media, natural resources/engineered materials, government/defense and financial services/funds.

    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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    James Thompson Ph.D. President & COO
    James Walker Business Analyst
    Jonathan Abshagen Senior Investments Associate
    Martha Elbert JD Senior Transactions Associate
    Robin Lucie Senior Fund Accountant


    Portfolio companies include:

      Ahura Scientific
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      Applied Wave Research
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      Redline Communications
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