About this Program
1855 Capital is a privately owned company that provides seed and early stage venture funding to companies with an affinity to Penn State University.
Our Investment Focus
Seed and Early Stage Venture Capital
The 1855 Capital Fund is a $20 million fund that provides seed and early stage venture capital to Penn State affiliated startups. We focus on companies with roots in the Penn State’s world-class research and educational environment. Individual investment size will typically range from $100K to $500K.
We will develop investment opportunities by actively engaging with current faculty, staff and students as well as Penn State’s vast (and powerful) alumni network.
In the end, we look for exceptional ideas combined with a capable and committed management team. By identifying significant commercialization opportunities early in their development cycle, we can leverage the broad expertise of our limited partner pool to grow those efforts into high quality investment opportunities.
Broad Industry Focus
Our fund reflects our university – a Tier 1 research university with broad reach and a wide array of innovations under development.
While we do not discount any idea on the basis of industry or area of business, we expect our portfolio to benefit from quality investments in the areas of:
- Information Technology
- Advanced Materials
- Ag Sciences and Agribusiness
- Healthcare and Medical Devices
- United States