1870 is a venture studio

Closing the gap between invention and return.

We identify, fund, and actively build companies around IP-backed technologies with humanity-improving potential.
THE PROBLEM

Brilliant ideas
deserve to shine.

Despite federal funding, only a small percentage of intellectual property generated through universities ever reaches the public. The rest fall into "the valley of death.”

$91.8B
in university research expenditures reported in 2022
Less than 1%
of new businesses formed in the US in 2022 were startups resulting from university tech transfer
THE SOLUTION

We get the ball
rolling for great IP.

We apply studio talent, time, and resources to solve for the three most common factors that cause great IP to fall into the valley of death:

Item Number 1
Earliest-stage
funding
Item Number 2
Commercialization
pathway
Item Number 3
Experienced
leadership
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The valley of death
THE APPROACH

Radical partnership
+ rigorous process.

Originate

We're able to discover the most promising opportunities through our deep partnerships with leading institutions.

VALIDATE

Our proprietary process for studio admittance results in a clear pathway to commercialization.

BUILD

Our team knows what it takes to bring great ideas to market because we've done it before. Every 1870 player is an experienced entrepreneur.

SCALE

1870 Ventures is prepared to invest and support companies in Seed + Series A rounds.

THE TEAM

The team that gets the ball rolling.

46
Collective
startups
18
Collective
exits
LinkedIn ProfileJoe ChinniciJoe Chinnici
General Partner
LinkedIn ProfileBrian ZuercherBrian Zuercher
General Partner
LinkedIn ProfileDave BilliterDave Billiter
General Partner & Studio Partner
LinkedIn ProfileMatt ArmsteadMatt Armstead
General Partner & Studio GM
LinkedIn ProfileTodd WhittingtonTodd Whittington
Studio Partner, Operations & Go-To-Market
LinkedIn ProfileZak DziczkowskiZak Dziczkowski
Studio Partner, Technology & Engineering
LinkedIn ProfileAmi Murphy IannoneAmi Murphy Iannone
Studio Partner, Brand & Marketing
LinkedIn ProfileErin DawleyErin Dawley
Firm & Studio Operations
LinkedIn ProfilePaul TelaPaul Tela
Firm & Studio Technology
LinkedIn ProfileConnor HowardConnor Howard
Bioinformaticist and Bioethicist
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