1855 Capital focuses on companies with roots in Penn State’s world-class research and educational environment. Our team actively engages with current faculty, staff, and students, as well as Penn State’s vast alumni network, to find startups positioned near the center of the diagram above.
In short, we look for exceptional ideas combined with a capable and committed management team. To help your startup meet its potential, we’ll help you leverage the expertise, resources, and support of:
Our offices are located in State College, PA, which allows us to stay closely connected to University Park’s innovation ecosystem as well as the research and start-up activity across Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses. Our mission is to be an early capital source for all Penn State-related startups.
We place particular emphasis on Penn State Commonwealth Campuses in:
These campuses are underserved by capital sources and will benefit from our close working relationship with Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
Here’s our checklist for portfolio companies. You should have:
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