gener8tor and Wisconsin Investment Partners named most active Midwest investors

By Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

gener8torTwo state-based groups — gener8tor and Wisconsin Investment Partners — were named the Midwest’s most active investors in 2015 by Pitchbook Data Inc., a Seattle company that compiles data for the venture capital and private equity industries.

In total, $3.7 billion of capital was invested in the Midwest in 737 deals last year, according to Pitchbook. That represented 2.9% of all global venture capital funding and 6% of all deals, the data company said.

Pitchbook also said that pre-money valuations — the amount a company is valued at before a financing is done —rose 35% year-over-year to a median of $4.4 million in 2015.

Gener8tor, which recently partnered with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to train more University of Wisconsin-Madison entrepreneurs, runs start-up training classes in Madison and Milwaukee. It made 17 investments in 2015, according to Pitchbook. Read more …

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