Software is eating the world, but we’re eating hard tech

Universities and surrounding ecosystems are full of brilliant, inspired scientists who are inventing our future. They are graduate students, post-docs, undergrads and professors. And they are grinding. Material science innovations don’t arise from weekend hackathons. Novel biochemical pathways aren’t discovered by instinct. In our space, inventions are born from countless failures requiring deep expertise, unrelenting tenacity and fortitude.

When luck, timing and entrepreneurial spirit in the scientists come together, scientific breakthroughs are startup opportunities. Inventions are often born out of years of research (funded by government and industry grants) yet as startups they are starting a new journey.

The importance of innovation in applied science and engineering cannot be overstated. We believe the next decades will be shaped by critical progress in hard tech. Growing populations combined with natural resource constraints demand it. We are optimistic that our scientists and a culture of entrepreneurship, combined with smart policy, can deliver.

VC funds are structurally a mismatch for early stage hard tech startups, and so are angel networks. Understanding and investing in scientific innovations is specialized, time-consuming, expensive, and often requires access to insights in opaque industries. Our aspiration and structure is different than other VCs. We are the scientific founders’ partner.

Our vision is that hard tech innovation can create a sustainable and prosperous world.

Our mission is to help bring this future about by supporting the best scientific founders with capital and co-creation.

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If you are raising funds or simply exploring the commercial potential of your innovation, we are interested in speaking with you. Send us a note to start a conversation!