I/VC  Iowa Seed Fund


     Office Locations:

230 2nd Street SE, Suite 212
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319-369-4955



  • Early
  • Growth
  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    Affiliated with the Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) is the Iowa Seed Fund, a Qualified Community Seed Fund as defined by Iowa legislature House File 2271. Iowa Seed Fund announced it broke escrow at $1.25 million in August 2007. The fund raised its capital from regional banks and private investors, and will provide early stage funding for qualified Iowa entrepreneurs trying to launch a new business. The firm typically invests $100,000 to $250,000 for a minority ownership position in seed-stage / growth-stage opportunities. The fund focuses on Iowa-founded businesses that can create rapid value growth in the advanced manufacturing, bioscience, and information technology sectors. Iowa Seed Fund invests in pre-revenue, early revenue, and growth stage opportunities.

    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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    Bruce Lehrman Principal
    Curtis Nelson President and CEO
    Dick Schwab Principal
    Jim Haddad Principal
    Paul Rhines Principal


    Portfolio companies include:

      Cognitive Media
        web link

      HH Ventures
        web link

      VIDA Diagnostics
        web link


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