New York Ventures

New York Ventures meets the critical capital needs of New York State's innovation economy by providing funding to high-growth startups as they move from concept to commercialization, through early growth and expansion.

New York Ventures administers the State's innovation investment funds, providing equity investment capital to early-stage technology-based businesses through direct investments and fund-of-funds.

We primarily target strategic industries such as information technology, life sciences and clean energy, as well as technologies important to advanced manufacturing. We actively look to fill funding gaps in key, but underserved, industries and regions.  We support companies emerging from NY State universities, research labs, incubators and accelerators – but will consider companies willing to relocate to New York.

New York Ventures values capital-efficient business models, proper corporate governance, experienced and diverse management teams, and business plans structured to attract the next level of capital investment at an increased valuation. We seek to partner closely with the private sector, and require matching investments from private funding sources at the time of investment.

Our Investment Approach

New York Ventures supports innovations through both Direct Investments and through a Fund-of-Funds structure.  

Fund-of-Funds


New York Ventures' Fund-of-Funds investment programs are typically targeted at specific investment stages, industry sectors or founder groups, and are administered by third-party investment managers selected on a competitive basis.

Innovation Technology Commercialization Fund-of-Funds

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Innovate New York Fund-of-Funds (fully committed)

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Minority- and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund-of-Funds (fully committed)

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Direct Investments


New York Ventures administers more than $90 million in capital allocated toward direct equity investments into promising startups.  The direct investment program focuses on Series A investments, but will selectively consider seed rounds. 

Innovation Venture Capital Fund

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Contact Information

Brian Keil, Managing Director
Email: Brian.Keil@esd.ny.gov
Phone: (212) 803-3261
www.linkedin.com/in/brianpkeil

Sharon Weinberg, Managing Director
Email: Sharon.Weinberg@esd.ny.gov
Phone: (212) 803-3106
www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-weinberg

New York Ventures
633 3rd Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10017