Bascom Ventures

Smart, Simple Venture Investing for Wisconsin Alums


What Is Bascom Ventures?

 

The smartest, simplest way for Wisconsin alums to add venture capital to their portfolio. We are also…

  • A full-time alumni investment team
  • An Investment Committee with over 250 years of investing experience
  • 15K+ alumni followers
  • The only fund of its kind for Wisconsin alumni
  • Private, for-profit, and not officially sanctioned by the university

 

Follow the Fund



“My portfolio is in good shape: I had stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and even some real estate investments.  But I had a big hole when it came to venture investing. Through a classmate, I learned about AVG’s approach, and it just made sense. It feels good to know that I’ve got this part of my portfolio covered too.”

Fund Investor

“I had a large nest egg in my retirement account. AVG was the perfect investment vehicle to do something new, alternative, and to further diversify my personal portfolio. I also appreciate the secure online investor portal that provides me with interesting details and news on the companies which I’m invested in.”

Fund Investor

Why Invest in Venture Capital?

VC Outperforms the S&P

Key Takeaways

VC has consistently outperformed the S&P

VC can do well, even when other asset classes don’t

Sophisticated investors put 5-15% of their portfolios in VC


Investment Strategy

Smart, Simple Venture Investing

Diversified Venture Portfolio

15 – 30 investments per fund, diversified by stage, sector, and geography

Co-Invest with Strong Lead Investors

We only invest when a strong, established investor (often a fellow alum) is leading the financing

Deal Access via Alumni Connections

Entrepreneurial teams desire our investment because we are a meaningful check, low friction, and have a large rolodex

Co-Invest Alongside Top Venture Firms

Invest In Deals Most Individuals Never Know About or Get Access To

  • 3M New Ventures
  • 500 Startups
  • Accel Partners
  • Accomplice
  • Alsop Louie Partners
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Arena Ventures
  • Aspect Venture Partners
  • Atlas Ventures
  • Benchmark
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Bezos Expeditions
  • BlackRock
  • Blockchain Capital
  • Borealis Ventures
  • Comcast Ventures
  • CrunchFund
  • Drive Capital Jurvetson (DFJ Capital)
  • Draper Fisher
  • Flybridge Capital
  • Elephant Partners
  • Founder Collective
  • Foundry Group
  • F-Prime Capital (Fidelity)
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Golden Seeds
  • Goldman Sachs Ventures
  • Google Ventures
  • Greylock Partners
  • Highland Capital
  • Javelin Partners
  • Khosla Ventures
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Link Ventures
  • Maveron
  • Menlo Ventures
  • ML Capital
  • New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
  • Nokia Growth Partners
  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • NXT Ventures
  • Obvious Ventures
  • OrbiMed
  • Pelion Venture Partners
  • Relay Ventures
  • Resolute Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Summit Partners
  • Space Angels
  • SV Angel
  • Thiel Capital
  • Venrock
  • Winklevoss Capital
  • Y Combinator

How does Bascom Ventures assemble a great portfolio for me?

  • Full-time investment team wakes up every morning dedicated to delivering a diverse portfolio to investors
  • An Investment Committee with over 250 years of investing experience
  • We use our Wisconsin and broader Alumni Ventures Group network to access deals that simply are not available to most individuals
  • We only invest in deals with a strong lead investor with sector expertise, combining their existing due diligence with our own

 

See The Bascom Portfolio

“I am in technology in SF, so I have a pretty good venture portfolio around things I know well.  I don’t see much outside of the Bay Area and my sector however.  My alumni fund was a great way to get a more diversified portfolio, and I enjoy being part of a group of classmates investing together.”

Fund Investor

“We’ve been really lucky and participating in the fund was a great way to pay it forward. Both of us were helped by fellow alums at many key points of our lives.  And frankly, we just need more people out there creating solutions to societies key problems.  I feel an obligation to do my part.”

Fund Investor