Disruptive Capital for Disruptive Ideas
Cottonwood’s investment approach and focus is on hard science, pre-seed, seed and early stage funding.
Geographical focus: Southwest USA (NM, AZ, UT, CO, TX) & Northern Europe (primarily The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany).
Investment focus: high tech technology / hard science (patent / IP based): robotics, photonics, optics, automotive, clean energy, sensor technology, high-tech health, telecom, nanotechnology, advanced materials, etcetera. We focus on strong patents and therefore we do not invest in software or apps.
Average investment size: 1 – 3 M (pre-seed / seed / Series A).
Cottonwood began working with me a year before they closed their first fund. Even though they weren’t initially in a position to invest they still opened doors to potential investors and customers, and assisted with the fund raising strategy and execution plan. Once their fund was closed they took an aggressive lead role in pulling together our first round and helping us launch the company. Now after having raised almost $150M they continue to support our growth, provide valuable advice and open doors to additional resources as we need them. We have been fortunate to have Cottonwood as a partner in building our company.
— Steve Krasulick, President & CEO, Skorpios Technologies, Inc.
Skorpios Technologies Inc.
Meet the Cottonwood team
Founder and Managing Director of Cottonwood Technology Fund I, II and Euro Fund, current IRR for Fund I on realized mark-ups – 50% + ; current value of Fund I already up 450%; anticipated cash-on-cash 5X +; better than prior Southeast results.
Founded and former Managing Director of Southeast Interactive, the first and largest information technology-focused fund based in the Southeast. Raised three funds totaling over $175 million.
Directly involved in fund raising and exit transaction events totaling in excess of $1 billion in enterprise value across the portfolio and generated cash on cash returns on directed investments of almost 4X.
Dave has extensive experience working with the National Labs and research universities in the Southwestern US, as well as nationally at the leadership and research-heads levels.
Dave holds a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Ray is an investment professional with 20+ years experience in global technology assessment, corporate venturing and venture capital investment.
Ray was previously partner and principal investor with Ascendant Global Technology & Total Media Ventures.
Ray has also served in senior strategy and corporate development roles for global technology companies Texas Instruments and Robert Bosch Corporation.
In these positions Ray led competency-driven global corporate strategy development; corporate venturing, global M&A and enabling technology and expansion of global footprints; and expansion of product lines and development of new products and product portfolios.
Ray opened in 2014 the European Cottonwood office in The Netherlands. Ray holds a MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and served as a CGMS Fellow.
Alain le Loux
Alain le Loux has 20+ years’ experience in Technology on board level positions (former member of the Executive committee of corporate Getronics PinkRoccade) and as CEO of startups.
Alain studied at the technical University of Twente and graduated in 1994 with a double degree. Before the Cottonwood period successful angel investor. Expert in strategy, marketing, product launching, pricing and international business acceleration.
In the past Alain was one of the founders of the European Accelerator Program for the European Institute for Technology and Innovation and coached more than 200 high-tech startups in Europe.
Alain has a huge network and direct access to lots of corporates and all relevant ecosystems in Europe (Paris, Berlin, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Leuven, Munich, etc.).
Alain graduated in 2001 cum laude for an Executive MBA at Business School Nederland.
Vacancy Senior Analyst
Cottonwood Technology Fund (Fund III) has in 2018 vacancies for Senior Analysts. Criteria:
- Master’s Degree in Technology and/or PhD in a relevant area
- Resident in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or New Mexico / Texas.
- MBA – degree (preferably cum laude graduated).
- Passion for startups –understanding of how startups operate and the unique characteristics of startup ecosystems and communities.
- Experience working for a startup, venture capital firm, investment bank or corporate venturing
- 24/7 mentality
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills
- High attention to detail