Venture Capital

BVP, a global private equity group affiliated with Robert W. Baird & Co., raised $300 million in Baird Capital Partners IV and €350 million with its affiliate, GB Deutschland Fund. The company deployed $240 million in 19 new or follow-on investments, and realized more than...

Gov. Jim Doyle isn't alone in seeing the wisdom of capital formation. People in both parties see merit in his ideas, but many worry about the cost, given the tight state budget, writes columnist Tom Still. In this edition of Inside Wisconsin, he urges those...

Midwestern healthcare start ups raised a record $1.2 billion in 2007, but Wisconsin did not fare well in comparison to states like Minnesota and Ohio. The Badger State raised $56.2 million in 12 deals, ranking ahead of only Kentucky and tied with the economically troubled...

Madison Development Corp. has announced a second round of funding for its Venture Debt Program, bringing the fund's total capital to $4.274 million. The fund was established to help technology businesses, and among its first-round borrowers were NeoClone, GenTel Biosciences, and Networked Insights....

Preliminary figures released earlier this week indicate that the State of Wisconsin Investment Board made 24.8 percent on its private equity investments in 2007, beating the board's benchmark of 19.1 percent. The small piece of that portfolio invested in Wisconsin funds made its mark thanks...

Gov. Jim Doyle's new plans to stimulate angel and venture investment and manufacturing innovation received high marks from members of the Wisconsin Technology Council Board. The board, comprised of business leaders and state officials, voted Tuesday to endorse the plan in concept. ...

Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals, a privately held pharmaceutical development company spun out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has announced the completion of a $12 million round of financing that will be used to advance therapies for the treatment of renal disease. The money comes from a group...

Unless you regularly are involved in venture capital transactions and stay up to date on recent trends and deal structures, it's hard to know if you're taking advantage of best industry practices. Attorney and columnist Matt Storms has a handy resource, the American Bar Association's...

The world of angel investing can teach many business lessons, primarily about the importance of management in overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds of early-stage ventures, according to columnist and software executive Geoff Bastow. In this edition of Leading IT, Bastow recounts the 10 commandments of...