We are a seed to early stage venture capital firm focused on commercializing university research and advanced technologies. We are the investors, founders, and first operators.
How We Invest
Our investment sweet spot is at the seed to early stage. We form new companies around university based intellectual property, developed through non-dilutive government funding.
We take advantage of innovation gaps within large commercial markets. Our investments span sectors from ambient computing to advanced materials, artifical intelligence to digital media, and IoT to 3D bioprinting.
Our seed investments range from $500K to $1.5M, and our series A investments from $1M to $4M, and series B of $5M and up. For larger follow-on rounds we have the ability to invest alongside a syndicate.
We are an investor-friendly fund with no management fees. Our structure allows us to mitigate risk through active operation, shared resources, and low over-head.
What We Invest In
We have access to hundreds of university labs across the U.S. through the strategic relationships and network we've built. We have some amazing companies that we've started, and some exciting technologies in the pipeline. Here's a peek.
Additive 3D Bio-Printing of Human and Non-human Tissue.View Details
Minus 9 Labs
Nanotechnology for Tracking, Tracing, and Authenticating Consumer Goods.View Details
Health and Activity Tracking Through Non-invasive Saliva Sampling.View Details
Natural Gas Reservoir Monitoring Sensors.View Details
Intelligent Piezoelectric Foam.View Details
Artifical Intelligence Software for Trading Platforms.View Details
Who We Are
Ideas are cheap. Execution is hard. That's why we like to roll up our sleeves and build things that work. We all have backgrounds as investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and operators. We have strong relationships and a network that can generate anchor customers. Most importantly, we know how to execute.
We have a lot of subject matter experts. Really smart individuals with deep technical knowledge about complicated technologies and how best to apply them to solve current problems. We feel lucky for the chance to collaborate with such brilliant people.
Peter Curley, PhD
Director, Technology Platforms
Joseph Wang PhD
Patrick Mercier, PhD
Advisor, Wearable Sensors
Donald J. Sirbuly, PhD
Advisor, Nanostructured Piezoelectrics
Matthew Dzieciuch, PhD
Advisor, Complex Signal Processing
We know what we know, and know what we don’t. So we focus on what we can be the best at. Our advisory board is built with members that round out our shortcomings. They have unique insights, relationships, and experience across a variety of industries.
CEO, Nucleus Biologics
CEO, The Enthusiast Network
Anthony 'Tony' J. Tether, PhD
Former Director, DARPA
Partner, Westar Capital
Oscar 'Bud' Marx
What They're Saying About Us
'MouthSense' and 'SmartFoam,' two new inventions by engineers in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm specializing in the commercialization of early-stage technologies.Read more
NextWave envisions a test where patients could place the sensor on their tongue to get readings on blood oxygen, blood glucose and uric acid – potential indicators of diabetes and gout. The technology also could be used to monitor athletes' hydration or stress levels in soldiers and pilots.Read more
The venture capital firm recently announced plans to put more than $6 million into SmartFoam and a second company based on UC San Diego technology called MouthSense. (MouthSense hopes to commercialize salivary sensor technology created by two other engineering professors.)Read more
NextWave Ventures is based in Carlsbad, California.
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