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Investing in UMass Amherst Innovation

Maroon Venture Partners Fund I, LP is a for-profit venture fund that invests in early stage companies linked to UMass Amherst. Our investments are typically in the range of $50,000 to $200,000 and are often a venture’s initial outside equity funding. We look for companies that can use our funds to accomplish significant milestones toward commercial success. Our broader goal is to foster the growing spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the UMass Amherst community.  

What is Our Investment Process?

Companies seeking funding should submit an application that enables us to make an initial evaluation of whether we might be a good fit. After that screening, selected companies are invited to present their plan to our investment committee for their consideration.

How to Invest in the Fund?

We are accepting investments in our Fund of $100,000 or more through September 30, 2017 from accredited investors. Investors are required to complete and execute subscription documents and become a party to the Fund’s limited partnership agreement. 

How Can I Help?

Those who wish to support innovation and entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst and are willing to forego any investment return from the Fund may make contributions to UMass Amherst that are earmarked for the university to invest in the Fund.