We are a seed to early-stage venture capital firm focused on commercializing university research and advanced technologies. We are the founders, investors, and operators.
How We Invest
Our investment sweet spot is the seed to early stage. We form new companies around university based patents developed through non-dilutive government funding.
We take advantage of innovation gaps within large commercial markets. Our investments span sectors from ambient computing to advanced materials, artificial intelligence to digital media, and IoT to 3D bioprinting.
Our seed investments range from $500K to $1.5M, series A investments from $1M to $4M, and series B from $5 to $7M. We have the ability to invest in larger follow on rounds with syndicate partnerships.
We are an investor-friendly fund with no management fees. Our structure allows us to mitigate risk through active operation, shared resources, and low over-head.
What We Invest In
We have access to hundreds of university labs across the U.S. through the strategic relationships and network we've built. We have some amazing companies that we've started, and some exciting technologies in the pipeline. Here's a peek.
Activity and Health Tracking Through Non-invasive Saliva SamplingView Details
Intelligent Piezoelectric FoamView Details
Artifical Intelligence Software for Trading PlatformsView Details
Minus 9 Labs
Nanotechnology for Tracking, Tracing, and Authenticating Consumer GoodsView Details
Sensors for Monitoring Natural Gas ReservoirsView Details
Who We Are
Ideas are cheap. Execution is hard. That's why we like to roll up our sleeves and build things that work. We all have backgrounds as investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and operators. We have strong relationships and a network that can generate anchor customers. Most importantly, we know how to execute.
We have a lot of subject matter experts. Really smart individuals with deep technical knowledge about complicated technologies and how best to apply them to solve current problems. We feel lucky for the chance to collaborate with such brilliant people.
Peter Curley, PhD
Director, Technology Platforms
Joseph Wang, PhD
Patrick Mercier, PhD
Advisor, Wearable Sensors
Donald J. Sirbuly, PhD
Advisor, Nanostructured Piezoelectrics
Matthew Dzieciuch, PhD
Advisor, Complex Signal Processing
We know what we know, and know what we don’t. So we focus on what we can be the best at. Our advisory board is built with members that round out our shortcomings. They have unique insights and experience across a variety of industries.
CEO, Nucleus Biologics
CEO, The Enthusiast Network
Anthony 'Tony' J. Tether, PhD
Former Director, DARPA
Partner, Westar Capital
Oscar 'Bud' Marx
What They're Saying About Us
NextWave Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Proprietary Artificial Intelligence Platform with Apical.Read more
NextWave Ventures Bridges the Creative to the Commercial for Researchers, Institutions. A venture capital firm in Carlsbad isn’t looking for companies to back; it’s looking for ideas.Read more
NextWave Ventures has appointed Dr. Peter Curley as director of technology platforms. Previously, Curley was director and adviser for Imprimatur Capital.Read more
The venture capital firm recently announced plans to put more than $6 million into SmartFoam and a second company based on UC San Diego technology called MouthSense. (MouthSense hopes to commercialize salivary sensor technology created by two other engineering professors.)Read more
'MouthSense' and 'SmartFoam,' two new inventions by engineers in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm specializing in the commercialization of early-stage technologies.Read more
NextWave envisions a test where patients could place the sensor on their tongue to get readings on blood oxygen, blood glucose and uric acid – potential indicators of diabetes and gout. The technology also could be used to monitor athletes' hydration or stress levels in soldiers and pilots.Read more
Triple Bottom Line
NextWave has always aspired to invest with a purpose and serve the triple bottom line. The elements of the triple bottom line are often referred to as people, profits, and planet. This means that we actively build companies to not only include a financial return, but also aligning them with social and environmental issues that we’re passionate about.
NextWave Ventures is based in Carlsbad, California.
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