Investment Portfolio

Venture Management, LLC (“VMLLC”) currently has 19 active investments. Choose a category tab below for details.


  • Carson Life is an all-natural health and beauty products company focused on the Hispanic market. Carson Life’s products include offerings in the hair care, weight loss, skin care, vitamins and rejuvenation categories. Carson Life has exclusive endorsement deals with well-known celebrities in the Hispanic market. Carson Life products are currently sold online and through retailers such as Walmart and Walgreens.
  • FluGen logoFluGen is dedicated to improving public health by developing a vaccine that can prevent disease caused by all forms of the deadly influenza virus. We are fighting a virus that mutates quickly and results in over 200,000 hospitalizations and up to 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, influenza causes 250,000 to 300,000 deaths every year. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, FluGen is developing RedeeFlu™, an influenza vaccine that is poised to enter human trials. We are committed to forging a new and more effective weapon in the fight against influenza.
  • healthmyne_logo_horizHealthMyne provides radiologists and oncology clinicians with an Imaging Informatics platform that brings together imaging and electronic health record (EHR) information for use in evidence-based analytics and decision support.  HealthMyne’s display technology transforms workflow that is purely case-focused into one that is also correlative and evidence-based through convenient comparison of relevant findings.
  • invenra

    Invenra is focused on developing the next generation of best-in-class biologics, with an emphasis on multispecific antibodies and their derivatives. Invenra’s proprietary technologies combine our highly developable B-Body™ bispecific platform with high throughput functional screening, enabling the optimization of unprecedented numbers of bispecific antibodies in phenotypic assays. Invenra has a pipeline of immuno-oncology bispecific antibodies that are currently in preclinical studies.

  • MVIlogoMVI is developing simple, safe, effective and economical immune-activating therapies for men with all stages of prostate cancer. MVI is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and is focused on advancing innovative gene-based immunotherapies in three distinct stages of prostate cancer from pre-metastatic, to the start of metastases, to late-stage, castrate-resistant disease.
  • Sitka Salmon LogoSitka Salmon Shares is a completely integrated boat-to-doorstep seafood company. The Company has a lovable group of fishermen-owners who catch and deliver premium Alaskan fish. Sitka Salmon has a small processing plant in Sitka, Alaska, where it custom-processes the catch with a laser focus on quality and traceability. Blast frozen fish is then shipped to two Good-Fish Hubs in the Midwest, allowing the Company to deliver the catch directly to your doorstep (or to a local farmers market or restaurant).
  • Swallow Solutions logoSwallow Solutions is dedicated to individuals suffering from swallowing disorders, generally known as dysphagia. The company focus is on development and commercialization of nutritional food products which can be tailored to the patient’s diagnosed level of swallowing difficulty.
  • Zurex Pharma logoZurex Pharma, Inc. is a specialty medical technology company with a proprietary and novel antimicrobial technology platform. The company’s mission is to develop and commercialize a portfolio of these new antimicrobial products, which are designed to prevent healthcare acquired infections with a focus on surgical site wounds and catheter-related infections.
  • bioionix200BioIonix, Inc. manufacturers a breakthrough process that solves many of the liquid stream disinfection challenges faced by food processors and other large industrial water users worldwide. The BioIonix process can be applied to many disinfection and water reuse applications.
  • chromatinChromatin is focused on sorghum — a high-yielding, nutrient-efficient, and drought tolerant crop that is vital to meeting the world’s growing demand for sustainable agricultural systems and can be cultivated on over 80% of the world’s agricultural land. We are tapping the tremendous natural biodiversity of sorghum to create new seed products that use resources efficiently and grow on marginal land. Our products are enabling farmers worldwide to produce crops optimized for traditional agriculture or for bio-industrial processes that create renewable chemicals, materials and fuels.
  • logo-3SimpleMachines, Inc. is a stealth-mode startup based in Madison, WI building next-generation semiconductor chips targeted at datacenters and future Edge Computing deployment. The company’s vision is to “Build Hardware Like Software”. SMI has developed a disruptive technology that distills down to the minimum what is required to build a chip whose functions can be dynamically changed.   This enables all the efficiencies of a customized chip, while offering all the advantages and simplicity of being configurable by software. This paradigm shift will offer enormous value to datacenters, cloud services and ultimately the larger Edge Computing paradigm.
  • unnamedKiio empowers healthcare payers and providers to reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve outcomes. We help you leverage evidence-based medicine, automation, patient engagement and analytics to deliver care tailored to a patient’s individual risk profile in an efficient, scalable manner.
  • npointnPoint, Inc. provides nanopositioning solutions for a wide variety of applications. We design and manufacture piezo flexure stages and nanopositioning electronics for OEM, industry, and research.Founded in 1997 and based in Middleton, Wisconsin, we are proud that our products are made in the USA. Our in-house team of software, electrical, and mechanical engineers allow us to provide unparalleled responsive technologies and unbeatable responsive support.
  • ParqEx_LogoAndTag_GrayBackgroundParqEx is the Private Parking Marketplace that connects owners of underutilized parking spots to people in need of a place to park. Using ParqEx local residents, businesses, and real estate companies are able to monetize their idle assets while renters find more convenient and less expensive parking options.  ParqEx Access+ provides additional value by allowing control of garage doors and gates through the app.  Behind it all, the ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is smooth for all involved.  Learn more at ParqEx.com or download the app for free at the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.
  • Phoenix-VectorLogoSince its founding in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005, Phoenix has designed and manufactured the World’s strongest commercial neutron generators. Phoenix’s commitment to commercializing nuclear technologies for practical applications has inspired our long-term goal of producing clean, fusion energy. Our achievements have enabled Phoenix to market our technologies across a variety of applications within medicine, defense, and energy sectors.
  • silatronixSilatronix is the leading producer of patented Organosilicon (OS) materials that enable extreme performance in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds extend cell life, increase cell capacity, expand temperature operability ranges, and allow the safe and effective use of higher charge voltages in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds do all of this while also improving Li-ion battery cell safety and stability. Silatronix OS compounds can be seamlessly integrated with both current and future Li-ion chemistries. OS compounds are non-flammable and stable at high temperature. These materials are well suited for use as electrolytes, binders, and coatings in energy storage devices.
  • meihui Meihui Software is developing a nationwide vehicle traffic management business in China. The business, co-founded by two Madison PhDs of Chinese descent, is built on their proprietary, patented technology, a lifetime of experience in the international traffic data industry, and personal and intimate knowledge of China’s unique traffic challenges and opportunities. Meihui Software’s long-term objective is to develop a China-wide traffic data business, and the Company already has significant commercial contracts in many Chinese cities and provinces.
  • optimine OptiMine Software is a leader in cloud-based omni-channel marketing analytics and optimization that helps marketers grow their businesses and achieve significant ROI lift from their ad spend. Through OptiMine’s ad measurement and optimization platform, marketers maximize ROI by gaining insight into every ad’s contributions to financial performance, while optimizing ad mix and spend—across digital display, search and social channels. When optimizing ad spend across multiple channels, OptiMine’s solution consistently proves significant lift in ROI and ROAS across a wide range of industries—from retail to financial services to telecommunications to travel & hospitality.
  •   MyAlerts will monitor sites, pages and searches, and alert users when or if they meet a user’s MyAlerts criteria – which will keep users on top of purchase events and save money.  MyAlerts monitors websites using a single alerting platform so users don’t have to setup and manage accounts with dozens of sites, and provides users with email updates on specific products/sales, effectively creating a personal/private and real-time newsletter for the exact online items that users want to monitor.


VMLLC has successfully exited a number of investments, including:

  • NeuWave Medical
  • Berbee Information Systems
  • Promega
  • Jellyfish
  • Gander Mountain
  • TomoTherapy
  • Ultravisual
  • TermSync
  • Celleration
  • Lucigen