Outside In With Jeff Maters, Network Ventures

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Outside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

 
What is your name, title, and firm/fund?

Jeff Maters, Managing Director, Network Ventures

What is the firm/fund located and what is the summarized founding history?

Network Ventures is based in Chicago but invests across the Midwest. I founded the firm in 2016 after spending several years at Pritzker Group Venture Capital. PGVC has a nationwide focus so I saw the emergence of the New York and Los Angeles tech ecosystems and the rise of seed funds there.

The Midwest is a few years behind those markets but there are some great companies getting built here – capital has not kept up though as there are few true seed stage funds here. My goal is to bring the coastal seed fund model to the Midwest and help companies get ready for the Series A and beyond.

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