VC  Rocket Ventures

     Office Locations:

300 Madison Avenue, Suite 270
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-464-0353



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Rocket Ventures looks for businesses that clearly demonstrate a desire and potential to grow rapidly. The firm targets early stage companies that can achieve full-scale commercialization, scalable to $30-50 million in annual revenues in six to eight years. Rocket Ventures prefers to work with high-potential technology companies. The firm's goal is to transition an entrepreneur's venture into a sound company with high-growth potential. Investment in well positioned companies can create high-tech, high-wage jobs and wealth for the Ohio region. The Rocket Ventures staff assists portfolio companies every step of the way through a three phase process of funding and services. Enhanced Management Services give clients a customized program to meet their needs with hands-on operational and business management services market assessment, financial modeling and planning, management expertise, capitalization, technology readiness, marketing and sales and exit strategy development. The second step, the Ignite! Development fund, provides funding of up to $50,000 for client company ramp-up of operations and business-related activities between the imagining and incubating phases of development. The final stage, the pre-seed fund, matches the technology-based business opportunities in Northwest Ohio with the right investment capital. The Rocket Ventures investment range is between $250,000 and $750,000.

    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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    Blake Culver Director of Commercialization & Edison Program
    Dan Slifko Chief Operating Officer and Entrepreneur in Residence
    Dave Dorner Director of Business Development
    Dean Monske President
    Jon Klotz Entrepreneur in Residence


    Portfolio companies include:

      Accord Biosciences
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      ADS Biotechnology
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      Advanced Battery Concepts
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      Beyond Gaming
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      Blue Water Satellite
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      Branam Oral Health Technologies
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      Nextronex Energy Systems
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      Notice Software
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      RADAR Medical
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      The Turning Point
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