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NMVCA Member Companies

Cottonwood Technology Fund

Cottonwood Technology Fund (CTF) is a seed and pre-seed stage venture capital fund focused primarily on the Rio Grande Technology Corridor running from Los Alamos to El Paso, and Austin to Phoenix. CTF works to provide capital and active support to its portfolio companies, generally targeting start-up up capital between $1M and $2M, of which it will commit half. We support the region’s most compelling opportunities across all areas of technology, and engage pre-product and pre-revenue. A key use of funds in all cases is insuring that experienced management is partnered with entrepreneurs early to provide the initial core team needed to both develop the product and company.  Our investors are successful individuals and entities with significant industry expertise and a passion for building successful businesses. CTF has offices in El Paso, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe.

Epic Ventures

Epic Ventures is a regional fund which backs early stage technology companies in a variety of sectors. They are active investors, seeking companies with the management and market to achieve explosive growth. Founded by Zions Bank in 1994 as Wasatch Venture Fund, the firm became Epic Ventures in 2007. The current name reflects the organization's evolution from a Utah firm to a growing regional and national fund. The company maintains offices in Utah, New Mexico and Idaho. Over 90 companies throughout the United States have received venture investment capital from the firm. Epic Ventures is licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Flywheel Ventures

Flywheel Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture capital firm focused on information technology and physical sciences ventures in the Southwest/Rockies region. The firm matches talented entrepreneurs with market opportunities where Flywheel's capital, entrepreneurial experience and industry relationships help accelerate innovations into profitable companies.

The Flywheel team's deep domain expertise and strong relationships with technical and R&D universities and laboratories allow the firm to act as a catalyst for the commercialization and growth of new ventures. Flywheel's strategy is focused on matching managerial talent with innovative technologies and attractive market opportunities, and then supporting these ventures with the hands-on, operational assistance of the Flywheel team. Flywheel has offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Silicon Valley. | company profile

International Venture Fund

International Venture Fund (IVF) was formed to serve the needs of capital efficient, high growth companies. They provide equity capital for seed and early stage high technology companies located in emerging technology areas of the United States. The firm is positioned to serve the investment gap between the angel community and larger venture funds. Its primary focus is on Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico and Utah, as well as Silicon Valley. IVF understands that the infrastructure to support an early stage company might not be fully developed in many emerging growth locations. The firm works to augment the existing infrastructure and facilitate access to the same resources and services available to Silicon Valley firms for portfolio companies in other states.

Mesa Capital Partners

Mesa Capital Partners was established in 2003 as an early stage private equity firm focusing on high-potential small businesses in industries and geographic areas underserved by other capital providers. Mesa Capital Partners targets small businesses across a wide variety of manufacturing and services industries, typically outside sectors commonly considered "high-tech". Investment candidates typically have annual revenues under $3 million. Equity investment sizes range from $500,000 to $2.0 million. This focus puts Mesa Capital Partners in a segment that is effectively not served by either venture capital or private equity firms. Portfolio companies can leverage a Mesa Capital Partner equity investment to obtain additional capital from our network of financial partners.

New Mexico Community Capital

New Mexico Community Capital was formed in late 2004 by business and community leaders to provide equity capital and management resources to qualifying businesses throughout New Mexico, particularly in rural and underserved communities. We typically invest $500,000 to $1,000,000 in exchange for preferred stock. The objectives of the fund are to stimulate job growth, strengthen local economies, enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of business owners, and generate attractive returns for our investors in order to increase the available pool of capital for future investment. Preference is given to companies which exhibit certain business and social characteristics and are in particular industries. We seek applicants that are innovative, ambitious, and committed to providing a superior workplace environment. | company profile

Sun Mountain Capital

Sun Mountain Capital is an investment partnership formed by senior private equity professionals based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The firm has developed a unique niche in acting as an advisor to, and direct investment fund manager for, regional and state based investment programs. Sun Mountain's direct investment programs do not focus on specific industry sectors or in a particular stage in the investment cycle. Rather, our portfolio companies reflect the investment opportunities indigenous to a particular region and are diversified by both stage and sector. We have experience managing direct investments ranging from $300,000 to $10,000,000 and hold board or observer positions in 80% of the companies in which we invest.

The Verge Fund

Verge is a highly motivated venture capital fund that invests in seed-stage, high-growth ventures in New Mexico. This partnership focuses on opportunities at the earliest stages of their development. The Principals of this partnership have years of experience investing in and working with entrepreneurial companies in the state. Our history is working in the labs, the universities and successful venture capital firms. The Fund's focus is on what we know: primarily investments in technology businesses including cleantech, electronics and materials, human factors and software-as-a-service. Verge is very active working with management, or serving as management, until experienced executives can be recruited. Startup firms are offered flexible workspace in the Verge Building in downtown Albuquerque. | company profile

vSpring Capital

vSpring Capital is a traditional early-stage venture capital firm with over $350 million of committed capital under management. Specifically, we target information technology and life sciences companies headquartered in the Intermountain West region. We look for companies with the potential to transform their markets and create lasting value. Our investments range in size from as little as $250,000 to as much as $5 million. vSpring invests in companies that can demonstrate a large market opportunity, superior competitive position, proprietary product or service, tangible customer benefits, and future liquidity. Above all, vSpring looks for a superior management team with the discipline, experience, and drive necessary to build a company that is the leader in the marketplace.