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     Office Locations:

226 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0550



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    The Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) takes the ideas and technology that stem from University of Minnesota research, prepares this intellectual property for the market, and in some cases spins it out into new businesses. The Venture Center is the business unit within OTC that works with entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to create start-up companies based on University research. The Venture Center also monitors and guides these start-ups until the occurrence of a liquidity event. The Center is capable of making an 'Ignition Investment,' which is an early stage loan made of $10,000 to $50,000 to a University start-up company to help enable a successful launch. The Ignition Investment will go directly to the company as a loan before the first outside money is raised for the company. Only new University of Minnesota start-ups are eligible to apply for Ignition Investments. The firm's startups have raised more than $1.15 billion ($654 million in startup investment capital and $498 million from IPOs and acquisitions, FY2006-2019).

    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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    Rebecca Gerber Associate Director
    Russ Straate Associate Director


    Portfolio companies include:



      Core Biome

      Early Learning Labs


      FastBridge Learning


      Medication Management



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