Mike Collett is Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago and San Francisco investing in deep-technology software and hardware companies in the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. Mike has been a venture capital investor in software and hardware for over 15 years. He has invested in more than 65 private technology companies, including areas such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, space, fintech, robotics, syn bio, computer vision, connected car, blockchain, healthcare, insurance, agriculture, nanotechnology and others. Mike currently serves on numerous Boards of Directors of private technology companies, including Spire, Gauss Surgical, Dispatch, ICEYE, CrossLend, Rhombus and others. Mike previously was Founder and Managing Partner of Masters Capital Nanotechnology Fund, a venture capital firm. Investments included companies in quantum cascade lasers, quantum dots, photonic integrated optoelectronic devices, nano-engineered fabrics and others. While at Masters Capital, a hedge fund, Mike invested in private technology software and hardware companies. Prior to venture capital, Mike was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch in their Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as an Associate at Duff & Phelps. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Math and Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Mike and his wife Paige have four children and live in Chicago.
Ethan Batraski serves as Vice President at Venrock. He is an Angel Investor. Ethan joined Venrock, focusing on emerging technologies that rewire industries, including robotics, autonomy, space/aeronautics, decentralized systems, and agriculture, after 15+ years as a product & design executive. He sits on the boards of Osmo Systems and SkyRyse. Prior to Venrock, Ethan was a Product Leader at Facebook leading a $15B+ revenue business, and was a Partner at ProFounder, a pre-seed angel syndicate focused on deep technology breakthroughs. Previously, he was the VP Product & Design at Box, leading new products and growth from $150M to $400M ARR through IPO, the VP Product & Design at Adchemy through their acquisition by @WalmartLabs, and was the founding product & design leader at RiseSmart (acquired by Randstad) and Headcase Labs (acquired). He spent time earlier in his career leading the Search Business at Yahoo! and Consumer Products at Symantec. Ethan has 16 patents issued or pending across semantic search, recommendation models, and predictive syste
Closed Loop Capital is venture capital which specializes in early-stage investments. The firm invests in the agriculture technologies and food system sectors. It was founded in 2010 and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Valley Oak Investments is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies operating in the food, agriculture, health and wellness sectors. The firm was founded in 1999 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Battle Born Venture is a venture capital program, overseen by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development under the auspices of the US Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative. Battle Born makes equity and equity-like investments in early stage, high-growth Nevadan enterprises in the aerospace and defense, agriculture, energy, healthcare, information technology, logistics and operations, manufacturing, mining, tourism, gaming and water sectors. The firm was founded in 2013 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jon Nordmark At Iterate Studio, Jon creates digital solutions for enterprise level clients. This usually involves discovering, curating and validating startup technologies in Europe, Asia and North America. Large organizations include retailers and well known brands, media and entertainment companies, governments, agriculture and energy companies, transportation companies and more. Prior to Iterate, Jon was the founding CEO of eBags which grew for 8 years at a 34% CAGR (through early 2008, Jon’s departure). eBags, an innovator, wrote its own software to drop ship from ~400 warehouses (1999), accept ~1.4 million consumer reviews (1999), A/B split test website features (2000) and enter the UK / EU (2003). eBags also built and sold 6pm.com to Zappos, while running CaseLogic.com and TUMI.com in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Today, Jon serves as eBags Chairman. Between eBags and Iterate, Jon was CEO of UsingMiles (acquired 2013), an aggregator of 400 loyalty programs and meta-search for air-hotel. He’s advised many startups, including Runa (acquired by Staples, 2013). Jon also sits on the following boards: Colorado Innovation Network and Eastern Europe’s premier Tech Accelerator, Happy Farm.
Caspian Impact Investment Adviser is an investment firm that gives advice and invests capital in socially responsible, multiple bottom line businesses delivering financial and social value. The firm invests in the food and agriculture, small business finance, microfinance, affordable housing, healthcare and clean energy sectors.
Cycle Capital Management/Ecofuel is a cleantech venture capital impact investment platform that invests in cleantech companies operating in the agriculture technology, green chemical, biofuel, biomass transformation, smart grid, energy storage technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, internet of thing and big data sectors. The firm was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with additional offices in Toronto, Canada; New York, New York; Seattle, Washington and Qingdao, China.
Munich Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. The firm invests in the the environmental services and energy technologies, information technology, agriculture and food technology sectors.
Tsing Capital is the cleantech venture capital firm that invests in the areas of new energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, cleaner production, sustainable transportation, new materials and sustainable agriculture. It was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.
Fortune Venture Capital is a venture capital firm that focuses to invest in the TMT media, consumer products and services, modern agriculture, clean-tech. manufacturing, robotics, military and healthcare sectors. The firm prefers to invest for 3 to 5 years through seed stage, early stage, growth stage and per-IPO financing.