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Calumet Venture Fund
1245 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 310-3242


Welcome to Calumet Venture Fund

Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs
Calumet Venture Fund was formed to invest in the next generation of high-growth technology companies in the Midwest. We serve the entrepreneurs and investors who have chosen us as their partners, with the goal of helping them build large, successful businesses.

Calumet was founded in 2008, based on the belief that the Midwest of today offers some of the greatest opportunities for investment. Calumet is a participant in the region’s dramatic entrepreneurial activity, investing in disruptive technologies and services that are the foundations for a prosperous future.

We are accomplished technology entrepreneurs who, between us, have started, grown and successfully exited 15 companies. We have worked in Silicon Valley and New York for many years, and are strongly connected to the Midwest. Our main office is located in Madison, Wisconsin, home to the nation’s third largest research institution, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have a long history of looking to research institutions for inspiration, and devote a portion of our investments to university start-ups.

Fund Focus – Information Technology
    • Software as a Service - Business Solutions, Education, Health Care
    • E-commerce and Online Marketing Services
    • Mobile Technologies - Wireless, Software, Networks, Devices
    • Bioinformatics

Geographic Focus
Calumet makes investments in the Midwest - primarily, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. We leverage our strategic relationships on the East and West coasts to assist our portfolio companies in the critical areas of business development, customer acquisition and revenue growth.

Investments
Calumet exists to fill the capital gap between angel investors and later-stage venture firms. We invest between $200K and $3 million at inception, depending on the needs of the company and will increase on a staged basis for follow-on investments. Since our investments are early stage companies, we provide active, hands-on assistance in all phases of expansion.

Calumet Venture Fund was started to participate in and take advantage of the exciting opportunities we are seeing in the Midwest. Come join us.