Investing in cross-border technology and mainstream companies sharpened our insights into companies, countries, cultures and customers for financial and ecosystem gains.

The Innovative Venture teams assemble from across the globe. Some work in University tech transfer organzations, others in the private sector in almost every industry. Some of the teams have expertise in a business area such as marketing, customer development, sales and finance and can lend their expertise to all ventures. Each team member is hand-selected for each individual project, matching mentors with companies’ skillsets and growth requirements. This vast network of collaborators assemble for projects, then move back into their professional orbits, each expanding on their own talents before returning together on additional projects. Over the decades, Innovative Ventures has worked with team members in 18 offices, 9 countries across 4 continents. This depth of expertise – and in particular that each team member hails from a different organization – brings a weath of knowledge to assist developing companies grow to their maximum potential, and for the government funding entities to see the maximum return on their human capital investment. 

IVI is a team of doers versus suggesters.

Intensive mentoring is a hallmark of Innovative Ventures team, and collaborators devoted up to 20 hours/week per SME mentee, delivered over 3-6 months to each and every mentee vs. helpful  mentoring, which could be limited to 1 hour per week.  At this intense level, companies really are working with additional team members during their mentoring process.

After our investees raised $4B+ of new revenue, we stopped counting!

The Innovative Ventures team created 86 new ventures from university intellectual property in the USA, Russia & Kazakhstan, for more than 3 decades.  Universities, Governments & country ecosystems benefited by making this intellectual property customer and investor ready

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From 2016-2018, IVI’s president Thomas Nastas served as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s appointee to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Early Stage Venture Investment Corp., the State’s fund of funds with $215 million invested in 19 VC funds, with a portfolio of 200+ tech investments.  This experience deepens Innovative Ventures knowledge of fund-of-funds to generate economic development and ROI––good for investors, the ecosystem, stakeholders and local communities.  

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Meet our amazing team.

We’re a talented group of creative individuals interested in art, cinematography, design, music, and all niches in between.

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Kyle Zion

Screenprinter

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Fran Acadia

People Engineer

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Giannis Teton

Office Manager

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Mandi Arches

Lead Designer

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Walter Bryce

Lead Developer

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Kim Rainier

Support Specialist

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