Bascom Ventures

Smart, Simple Venture Portfolios with Community


What Is Bascom Ventures?

 

A smart, simple way for Wisconsin alums and friends of the community to add venture capital to their portfolio. We are also…

  • A full-time alumni investment team
  • An Investment Committee with with broad professional, investing, and entrepreneurial experience
  • 20k subscribers and community members
  • Private, for-profit, and not officially sanctioned by the university

 

Follow the Fund

Investing with Bascom Ventures has allowed me to add a strong portfolio of early stage investments and support fellow Badgers. The fund process makes it easy to get into deals that I would not have access to, nor the time to evaluate all of them.

Gretchen Gilbertson

Bascom Ventures is a welcome solution for addressing a long term growth need in my portfolio. Disciplined analytics, high quality deals, vetted by top Venture Capital firms allow the rest of us to participate in funding companies our Wisconsin Brethren are involved in. Great idea!

Tom Booker

Thanks to Alumni Ventures Group for creating Bascom Ventures! I have enjoyed being a part of successful early-stage initiatives from fellow alumni of the University of Wisconsin. Because of the scale and leverage of the AVG group as a whole, the quality of the deals is superior. I have never seen a fund invest so quickly. Being on the investment committee, I am also impressed at the analysis and tools provided for the groups use.

Karen Monfre

Why You May Want to Add Venture Capital to Your Portfolio

Consistently Strong Returns

  1. VC returns have been strong over many periods1
  2. VC returns are largely uncorrelated with other asset classes2
  3. A great way to be an impact investor

Footnotes:
1. Cambridge Associates, Venture Capital Benchmarks
2. Top Tier, The Inverse Correlation Between Venture and Public Markets


Investment Strategy

Smart, Simple Venture Investing

Diversified Venture Portfolio

~20-30 deals per fund, diversified by stage, sector, and geography

Co-Invest with Strong Lead Investors

We exclusively invest alongside established VC investors

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 Leading 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
  • DFJ Capital
  • Drive Capital
  • 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

AVG has invested alongside the firms listed above, but they are listed for illustrative purposes only. There is not guarantee that a particular fund or deal will invest alongside one of the firms listed above.


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 broad professional, investing, and entrepreneurial 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, often combining their 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 society’s key problems. I feel an obligation to do my part.”

Fund Investor