VC  Next Level Ventures

     Office Locations:

666 Walnut St, Suite 1280
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-554-5494



  • Expansion
  • Growth
  • Late



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    Next Level Ventures is a venture capital firm which invests in growing companies that are based in Iowa. The firm will typically invest $1 million to $4 million for a minority ownership position in later-stage venture situations. The general lifetime of an investment is about two to five years. Next Level Ventures focuses on Iowa businesses that can scale rapidly and operate in the advanced manufacturing, bioscience, and information technology sectors. These companies generally have at least $1 million in annual sales and a clear path to substantial revenue growth. Next Level Ventures is a certified Iowa Innovation Fund, contributing to Iowa's economic development.



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    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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    Barbara Gooch Director of Administration
    Craig Ibsen Managing Principal
    Duane Harris Principal
    Ryan Gerhardy Senior Associate
    Scott Hoekman Principal


    Portfolio companies include:

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      VIDA Diagnostics
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      WebCare Health
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