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A Closer Look at Our Popular Deep Tech FundDeep Tech investments are startups combining science and engineering to tackle the toughest and potentially most lucrative technical challenges facing the world. Companies in the deep tech space offer innovative and disruptive products with the possibility to reshape entire sectors and verticals — a key reason why one in five unicorns is a deep tech company.
Gilgamesh Pharmaceutical: The Next Generation of Psychedelic TherapeuticsNearly one in six people suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this global mental health crisis has also resulted in a shortage of counseling and therapy options. By 2030, mental health disorders will cost the global economy nearly $16 trillion . This is primarily attributed to the 12 billion working days lost due to mental illness every year.
Meet the Team: Nancy Fechnay, Towerview VenturesNancy Fechnay serves as Partner of Towerview Ventures, a fund for Duke alumni and friends of the community. During her 15-year career in the investment and startup space, Nancy has co-founded three tech companies and worked at established VCs like Kleiner Perkins, GE Ventures, and Flight Ventures. Watch an interview with Nancy to learn about her role at Towerview Ventures, what excites her about venture capital, and why she chose to join Alumni Ventures.
Panel Discussion: Growth Fund 1 — EnableOur Growth Fund 1 investment was made in Enable’s latest round led by Insight, with pro-rata participation by Menlo and Norwest. This rapidly growing provider of cloud-based enterprise software allows customers to manage and optimize complex trading and rebate agreements with suppliers.
2022: A Year for Remarkable Venture OpportunityWhen we started Alumni Ventures (AV) in 2014, we commonly heard comments like “will this work?” and “can you really scale this business?” Since then, we’ve built a venture investing engine that is unique, serving to substantially grow venture access for both accredited individuals and entrepreneurs.
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The Case for Venture Investing in 2022 with Green DInvesting in VC has long been a best practice of institutional investors and high net-worth individuals. We think that accredited individuals should also consider adding this asset class to their portfolio to take advantage of its diversity and return characteristics.
Quantum Machines: Improving Quantum ControlQuantum computers are one of the most significant advancements of the century, as they solve computational problems substantially faster than traditional computer systems. A significant adoption of quantum solutions is expected across industries in the next few years, including real-world applications in pharmaceutical development, energy, logistics, data security, and other applications that rely on massive data inputs.