A  Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network


     Office Locations:

10437 W Innovation Drive, Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 617-308-7672



  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    Founded in 2000, Silicon Pastures is a network of high net worth individuals who invest in early-stage high-tech companies located in the Midwest. Headquartered in Milwaukee, the group will consider investment opportunities located in the following states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, and North Dakota. Silicon Pastures hosts monthly investment presentations at upscale Milwaukee-area restaurants. Each presentation consists of one or more pre-screened investment opportunities. After the entrepreneurs have made their pitches, members of Silicon Pastures meet privately to discuss the viability of the investment. Each member makes an individual decision whether or not to invest. Prospective companies should be seeking an investment of between $200,000 and $3M over time. A typical angel deal is between $200,000 and $500,000 but it is possible to syndicate with other groups to raise more. The group prefers the following industry sectors: Energy, Water, Municipal Infrastructure, Software, Telephony, Information Technology, Payments Processing, Finance, Metals Recycling, Heavy Industry, Retail, Catalog Sales, Distribution, Logistics, and Healthcare.

    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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    Fred Rose Entrepreneur-in-Residence
    Meru Thakur Entrepreneur-in-Residence
    Pehr Anderson Non-executive Director
    Richard Ruffo Entrepreneur-in-Residence
    Teresa Esser Managing Director


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