This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” is with Jenni Le, an associate with Venture Investors Health Fund.
The firm specializes in health technology such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, digital health and diagnostics, with a focus on early-stage startup companies coming out of universities based in the Midwest. Typical investments range from $250,000 to $2.5 million.
“We like to meet the entrepreneurs as early as possible — so even if it’s still an idea in a research lab,” she said.
Through relationships with groups like the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and other research commercialization entities in the region, Le says the fund gets an inside look at the latest innovations.
She joined the fund in January after previously working as managing director for the startup accelerator gener8tor in Madison, and has a background in agriculture conservation and science communications.
“I came into this role wanting to learn, and thankfully the partners at VI are willing to teach me and give me access to their networks so that I can grow into being a great investor,” she said.
Listen to the podcast below, sponsored by UW-Madison: