About Us

We truly share your entrepreneurial spirit. Foley Ventures teams with Foley & Lardner LLP clients as business strategists and investors. We recognize that our clients need more than legal insights to succeed. Attorneys at Foley have funded Foley Ventures Funds I, II, and III to invest in – or alongside – our clients.

Foley Ventures has a straightforward investment process. We invest in Foley & Lardner LLP clients that meet our investment criteria, whether it is an operating portfolio company, or a venture capital or private equity fund. We invest on the same terms as the lead private equity, venture capital, or angel investor. For our venture and private equity fund clients, Foley Ventures invests in the fund as a limited partner and as a co-investor in the fund’s portfolio companies.

Believing in Your Idea, Investing in Your Success

Through our extensive experience in working with countless private equity and venture capital funds and emerging companies, we have gained and offered remarkable insights to help spur innovation and rewarding investments in a variety of industries. But beyond advising you on legal and business issues, our commitment to your success means, quite simply, that we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and invest in your ideas.

A Simplified Approach to Investments

We have designed our fund to make our investment requirements simple.

If you are a venture fund, we will invest $200,000 side-by-side with your own investment in a portfolio company, so long as you meet the following key requirements:

  • You are a client
  • The portfolio company is projected to have adequate cash flow after the investment for at least one year

If you are a start-up or emerging company, we also will invest $200,000 if you meet the following key requirements:

  • You are a client
  • You receive a simultaneous investment from a professionally managed venture fund
  • Our investment, together with the venture fund’s investment, is projected to provide you adequate cash flow for at least one year

When the investment is made by an angel fund, Foley Ventures may invest $100,000, subject to similar requirements as above.

Investing in Emerging Companies

For years, our work for promising technology, life sciences, and cleantech companies included guidance on just about everything they needed, from IP, employee benefits, tax, finance, real estate, and corporate transactions. We helped our clients grow by actively introducing our fund clients and our emerging companies to each other through our FOLEY MatchmakerSM 2.0 tool and our personal connections in the industry. We are so thoroughly committed to your success that we do not simply stand on the sidelines as advisors; we tie our success to yours as investors in your idea.

Our Comprehensive Private Equity & Venture Capital Value Proposition

We know that you need more than legal insights and investment capital to succeed, which is why we offer a comprehensive value proposition that considers every aspect of your venture. You will benefit from value-billing and alternative-fee packages, award-winning technologies like our Budget Management Tool and FOLEY Collaborate that give you greater control and visibility into your legal matters, and our updated FOLEY Matchmaker 2.0 tool, which connects investors and start-ups seeking investments. These value-added services are in addition to our core offerings by our experienced attorneys who help you at each stage of development, from idea to exit strategy.

Foley Ventures Fund l

Foley Ventures Fund l was launched in 2011 to provide capital to support portfolio company clients in promising early-stage or growth-stage businesses. Foley Ventures Fund l is fully committed, investing in more than 35 companies.

Foley Ventures Fund ll

Foley Ventures Fund ll launched in 2013, and expanded our platform to actively invest in both portfolio company and debt and equity fund clients, with 30 investments to date.

Foley Ventures Fund lll

Foley Ventures Fund lll launched in spring 2015 and is currently seeking investments.