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What is ventureLab?

ventureLab is a cross-market startup studio and incubator that builds and invests in innovative technologies by providing entrepreneurs with seed funds, business resources and global relationships. We take a fully hands-on approach to develop the product and the business and create a clear path to revenue with customers, commercial partners and new geographic markets.

Consistent innovation is built on fundamentals.

Our Approach

We believe the greatest opportunity for value creation, for both investors and entrepreneurs, is in the earliest stages of a startup. We adamantly seek alignment between all parties to create an flexible foundation and efficient process to consistently build successful businesses. Our hands-on approach puts us in the day-to-day with entrepreneurs, bringing our expertise, experience and relationships to drive true growth.

Core Tenets
Create True Value

Develop a business that has a clear and measurable value to specific customers.

Build Right

Build for form, function, agility and scalability. All are essential.

Data Matters

Data provides critical intelligence, especially in the early stage.

Be Hands-On

Investment doesn't build a business. Specific expertise and daily contribution does.

Align to Markets

Find product/market fit, across one or many global markets.

Revenue First

Determine and build an immediate path to revenue upfront.

Startup Clusters

We invest in strategic clusters of 3 to 5 startups which allow us to incubate efficiently and optimize business development. We currently have three clusters:

Cluster One: Native Engagement

Intelligent ad and marketing technologies focused on the confluence of social media, content creators, and enthusiast communities to drive scalable, individually targeted engagement and value transfer.

Cluster Two: App-Driven Commerce

Apps and platforms that connect online to offline to drive demand, own transaction points, and trigger virality for small to medium-sized businesses and local commerce.

Cluster Three: Data Augmented Reality

Platforms and technologies that enable the individualized, proactive, and actionable application of big data and intelligence to contextually impact the daily lives of consumers and businesses.

View all ventureLab startups and clusters.

Our Team
Mike Prasad

Product, Marketing & Incubation

Mike Prasad

Managing Director, Partner
Daniel Shaffer

Capital & Investment

Daniel Shaffer

Partner, Investment
Bret Blount

Brand Communications & Business Development

Bret Blount

Partner, Biz Dev
Taylor Fogelquist

Operations & Portfolio Management

Taylor Fogelquist

Partner, Operations
Amit Masaun

Technology & Development

Amit Masaun

Technology Director
Christian Gin

Product & UX

Christian Gin

Product Manager
Catherine Mendez

Marketing & Digital Media

Catherine Mendez

Marketing Manager
Sonny Sarna

Talent & Recuirtment

Sonny Sarna

Recruitment Director
Tyler Forte

Venture Development

Tyler Forte

Venture Associate

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