New Venture Creation from Intellectual Property (IP)

Advancing university research on the path of commercialization includes much more than listing technologies available for licensing in an institute’s web site, introduce and expose researchers to customer discovery and the business canvas model process.

Our staff actually conducts customer discovery in commercialization, defining each element in the business canvas to achieve product/market fit, recruit team members, raise investment and execute the go-to-market plan.  As your partner to speed technology into the hands of customers, we deepen the talents of staff in commercialization and start-up creation, so they become self-sufficient themselves––values we delivered to universities in the USA, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Ukraine as examples.

On request we manage grant funds to finance the commercialization of research as we did for the Ministry of Education & Sciences, Government of Kazakhstan;  the management and investment of $75 million into 66 tech projects/joint stock companies in the 5-year Technology Commercialization Project[1]

Commercialization & Scaling

We provide the suite of skills which all companies require to establish their foothold in new markets with new customers, all the while navigating currency, cultural, legal and political risks encountered in expansion, raising of investment to execute, and hiring foreign nationals to staff country operations.  By example, we scaled Innovative Ventures from Michigan to Canada, Europe, Kazakhstan, Russia and countries of Sub-Sahara Africa with no prior experience in these countries, engaging risk our friend––not a foe––to overcome obstacles as we expanded from one country to the next.

Our contributions to you in international growth are honed not only by our personal experiences in cross border expansion: unlike many advisors/mentors, Innovative Ventures invested from our balance sheet, with our financial future dependent on taking our investees from start-up and early growth to liquidity.  Living and breathing with investees developed our wisdoms and talents to overcome the barriers and pains which all enterprises face in commercialization and scaling––to achieve profitable success for our investees and us too––an asset of ours to deliver unique value to you

Investment & Fund Management

Underserved/underfinanced entrepreneurs and companies exist in every state, country and geographic region with institutional investors, governments and their development finance institutions uncertain which niche to invest in, thru which fund manager/strategy (i.e., venture, growth, mezzanine, fund-of-funds or pre-IPO) and deal structure, e.g., debt, equity, royalty-based or quasi-equity as examples.

For 34 years we’ve designed, created and managed multi-asset funds to solve these issues in Europe, Kazakhstan, N. America, Russia & Sub-Sahara Africa, AUM >$500 million. By investing thru a range of structures, we match the type of capital companies need to their stage of growth & risks––to maximize their international growth, earn profits for our funds, investors and us. Transactions in these funds ranged from start-ups thru Series D, amounts of $100k-$10 million.

A few of our successes include Neogen (NEOG: NASDAQ, exit value=$3.2 billion), Applied Intelligence Systems Inc. (acquired by ESI, ESIO: NASDAQ), Personal Bibliographic Systems (acquired by Thompson Financial, NYSE: TRI), Sunty (Cyprus) and Suntyco (Russia) – acquired by Tata Group (Mumbai) & Tata Global Beverages (London) + others, e.g. Sotsgorbank, Rolti, Flexoprint, Lada Xleb, Saratov Wallpaper & MRCI to name a few.

Partners in our funds include those seeking financial ROI and development impacts like the State of Michigan, Federal Business Dev. Bank (Canada), European Commission, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank and their investment arm International Finance Corp. Other investors include Financière St. Dominique, Shell Tech Ventures and GameChanger (Royal Dutch Shell’s global R&D incubator) as examples.

Value added Delivered thru a Global Team with Global Expertise

IVI’s team is 31 strong with 10 women investors, founders/entrepreneurs as core members; this asset delivers the diversities in abilities, insights and experiences which companies, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors and governments seek in advisors. Our female talent includes American, French, German, Peruvian, Russian and Ukrainians; each encountered and overcame obstacles which women founders and women-lead teams face in developed and emerging markets.

IVI staff conducted business in Africa, Canada, China, Croatia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and (former) Soviet Republics Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.  For 23 years, our president/founder Thomas Nastas lived in Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan, making multi-asset investments in start-ups, early and growth stage enterprises, working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs, founders, management teams and investors.  It is his cultural awareness over 3½ decades of investing in emerging and developed markets which guides and balances the team in project leadership.

Consider the Innovative Ventures’ team as your global resource to scaling capital and companies across borders.  Our depth and breadth of experiences are the inputs to success, to help you avoid the learning curve costs that even skilled investors, companies and management teams inadvertently incur when investing and expanding internationally.

Why Partner with Innovative Ventures?

Multi-Asset Manager

Investing money as innovation grants, venture capital, cash flow, royalty based & fund-of-funds structures gives investors more solutions to satisfy their risk and liquidity needs, and companies, more suitable capital for their needs.

New Ventures Created from Intellectual Property

The translation of research into commercial ventures from US, European, Russian & Kazakhstani universities is a talent the IVI team has delivered for 3+ governments, universities & their country[1] ecosystems––making intellectual property ‘customer & investor’ ready.

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Growth Over Multiple Economic Cycles

We survived and thrived across booms & busts, economic prosperities & financial calamities––sharpening our talents in fund investment, scaling/expansion of companies and exiting portfolios.

Knowledge––Local & Global

Investing in cross-border tech and mainstream SMEs sharpened our insights into companies, countries, cultures & customers for financial and ecosystem gains. After our investees raised $4B+ in new capital to finance their expansion, we stopped counting.

G7, Developing & Frontier Markets

IVI[1] scaled itself and investees across diversities in markets, customers, investors, stakeholders and risks (currency, legal & political), each with different needs & buying motivations: economic, cultural, social & psychological. Managing such diversities gave us insights, intuitions & abilities in the governance of actors with very different needs, desires & agendas––our competencies & contributions to investment & scaling companies across borders.


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Multi-Asset Manager

Investing money as innovation grants, venture capital, cash flow, royalty based & fund-of-funds structures gives investors more solutions to satisfy their risk and liquidity needs, and companies, more suitable capital for their needs.

New Ventures Created from Intellectual Property

The translation of research into commercial ventures from US, European, Russian & Kazakhstani universities is a talent the IVI team has delivered for 3+ governments, universities & their country[1] ecosystems––making intellectual property ‘customer & investor’ ready.

Growth Over Multiple Economic Cycles

We survived and thrived across booms & busts, economic prosperities & financial calamities––sharpening our talents in fund investment, scaling/expansion of companies and exiting portfolios.

Knowledge––Local & Global

Investing in cross-border tech and mainstream SMEs sharpened our insights into companies, countries, cultures & customers for financial and ecosystem gains. After our investees raised $4B+ in new capital to finance their expansion, we stopped counting.