WisBusiness: the Podcast with Grady Buchanan of NVNG Investment Advisors

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” is with returning guest Grady Buchanan, managing director for NVNG Investment Advisors. 

He discusses a new platform created by NVNG to increase visibility for startups in Wisconsin. Buchanan discusses the origins of the platform, what he hopes it will accomplish and how entrepreneurs can get featured on the site. 

NVNG is a venture capital “fund of funds” that invests in other funds looking for opportunities with Wisconsin startups. The +Venture Wisconsin platform was created as a spin-off from an existing internal platform used by NVNG to provide information to investors and recipient funds. 

“We have venture capital connections all around the country, all around the world, that want to look at Wisconsin,” he said. “And so we figured, you know what, instead of keeping it all closed, why don’t we very simply launch another version of this that just houses Wisconsin startup companies.” 

He noted the state has plenty of localized networks such as angel investor groups that know where startups can be found within the state. But he said most out-of-state investors and firms lack that knowledge. 

“So how can we make it easier — for not only the startup companies, but for also the out-of-market firms that want to invest in local companies here?” he said.

Listen to the podcast below, sponsored by UW-Madison: