In an added effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship at the university, Marquette has partnered with Milwaukee-based venture capital firm DeBuey, LLC, to develop a venture capital fund that will make early-stage equity investments in businesses coming out of the university. Specifically, Marquette University Kohler Center Fund 1 will focus on companies that have been started by, or are owned, operated or managed by one or more alumni, students, faculty or staff members.
The MUKC is a $6.1 million fund raised by a group of investors — many of whom are Marquette alumni — who are now seeking early-stage ventures to add to the fund’s portfolio.
“We at Marquette would like to congratulate the MUKC team on a successful initial raise,” said Dave Lawlor, executive vice president for operations. “Our entrepreneurial faculty and students will directly benefit from investment via this fund and associated counsel and support as their ventures grow.”
Marquette community members with early-stage ventures who have questions or are interested in pitching the MUKC Fund should email info@MUKCinvestment.com.