NJEDA adds 3 more to New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund’s Qualified Venture Firms

Three more venture capital firms were added to the list of Qualified Venture Firms in the New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund. With these latest approvals, a total of 10 QVFs can each access up to $12.5 million annually per investor from the NJIEF to co-invest in innovative, high-growth New Jersey-based businesses, according to a Tuesday announcement from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

The NJIEF allows the state to become an equity investor in innovative early-stage businesses based in New Jersey, investing up to $300 million in New Jersey companies alongside approved QVFs, for a total of $600 million.

The capital raised from the sale of tax credits auctioned off to eight corporations in December 2022 will result in the funding of initial investments into high-growth businesses in New Jersey.

“Gov. (Phil) Murphy has always prioritized connecting New Jersey startups with access to the funding they need to succeed,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “The NJIEF offers a unique and responsive solution for getting capital into the hands of the state’s youngest companies while also building on New Jersey’s role as a leader in innovation.”

Sullivan noted that venture capital firms throughout the world can apply to be QVFs to invest in early-stage businesses and potentially receive matching capital to further benefit the startups. The QVFs approved today have a proven track record of investing in the growth of emerging companies throughout the country.

The three QVFs approved Tuesday are:

  • Creative Ventures Management LLC d/b/a Creative Ventures, based in Oakland, California;
  • VamosVentures Management Co. LLC d/b/a VamosVentures, based in Los Angeles;
  • EMERGING Fund Management LLC d/b/a EMERGING Fund, based in Chicago.

“Venture firms nationwide are taking notice of New Jersey’s leadership in innovation and are eager to invest into our state’s high-growth startups through the NJIEF,” NJEDA Chief Economic Transformation Officer Kathleen Coviello said. “We are excited to partner with the approved QVFs as we begin to make strategic investments that will benefit emerging companies as they expand and thrive in the Garden State.”