Answers to FAQs about GRA Venture Fund

Which companies are eligible to receive GRA Venture Fund investment?

Companies that participate in GRA's venture development program and other start-ups commercializing research developed at Georgia’s research university campuses are eligible for GRA Venture Fund investment.

How does GRA Ventures relate to the technology transfer programs at universities?

The GRA venture development program — which is separate from GRA Venture Fund — evaluates projects emerging through university tech transfer programs and provides milestone-based grants and loans to promising technologies, thus igniting the creation of new companies. University representatives provide ongoing management and consultation to venture companies.

Who are the investors in the Fund?

The State of Georgia, private individuals, corporations and foundations.

Who manages GRA Venture Fund?

A Managing Director oversees the Fund, along with a Board of Directors comprised of accomplished business leaders who invest in the Fund.

What distinguishes the Fund from other venture capital funds?

The Fund’s Managing Director has early access to (and input into) newly launched companies emerging from universities and developing through the GRA pipeline.

The GRA Venture Fund’s Board of Directors is a strong asset; the men and women who serve on the Board have a defined track record of success in business and industry. The Board also stays engaged with each enterprise receiving investment from the Fund, providing business counsel and leadership mentoring tho help propel each company’s growth and development.

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