Investment Readiness

Since 1989, we have made or managed 69 investments in 58 companies, totalling over $13 million to an average of about $225,000 per company.* Ag-West Bio financing takes the form of flexible and patient risk capital, and supports promising technologies at the early stages of development, when risk is too great for traditional capital sources. 
 
Ag-West Bio devotes substantial effort to assisting bio-based entrepreneurs becoming investment ready. This is because we know becoming investment ready involves filling gaps in all facets of the business plan. Often these gaps are not just financial. They can take the form of human capital shortages, insufficient market knowledge, incorrect assumptions, and lack of strategic market signals, to name only a few. AWB provides significant input to entrepreneurs with promising technologies at the early proof of technology concept stage to challenge them on their assumptions and identify areas needing specific focus to attain the goal of getting a novel technology or product to market. We strive to get entrepreneurs to focus on how the technology will realistically and economically get into the hands of the end market user, whether it be through licensing, strategic market partnership, or the company’s own sales efforts. This gets companies on a path toward commercialization and, in turn, guides the company’s business planning and R&D efforts, advancing them toward investment readiness.
 
Every year Ag-West Bio works closely with several companies to advance them toward detailed investment readiness for AWB’s Technology Commercialization Fund. From historical results, we know when a company goes through the process of becoming investment ready for AWB investment, they will also be ready to enter detailed discussions with other capital providers (ranging from public funding agencies to venture capital) and equally important – become prepared for advanced discussions with market partners.

Please refer to Ag-West Bio's Commercialization Fund.

*As of September 2016