Arboretum Ventures isn't wasting any time investing its third investment fund. The Ann Arbor-based venture capital firm closed on a $140 million fund a year ago and has so far deployed about one third of it in six investments over the last 18 months.
"There are a lot of excellent opportunities in this environment," says Paul McCreadie, managing director of Arboretum Ventures
. "There are a lot of great companies that need investment."
Arboretum Ventures has $235 million under management across three investment funds. That has allowed the 10-year-old firm to expand to 11 people after hiring two new employees over the last year. It recruited one investment professional from a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley and brought on another administrative person.
That staff is making investments in local start-ups, such as ArborMetrix
. The health-care analytics firm raised $1.5 million in a Series A round last year. Arboretum Ventures was the sole investor in a company.
"It's based in Ann Arbor," McCreadie says. "We have been investing in it since the middle of last year. It was started by a University of Michigan student who came to us with the idea last year."
Source: Paul McCreadie, managing director of Arboretum Ventures
Writer: Jon Zemke
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