Next Generation Technologies
Many revolutionary commercial technologies were born of US Government (USG) investment in national security research. Four Seasons Ventures LLC (FSV) leverages the experience of its partners to identify next-generation technologies in USG laboratories. These technologies are supported by continuing Federal funding and have strong promise for public and private sector applications. Once identified, FSV brings its expertise and capital investment to transition them from USG laboratories to the commercial world.
USG research agencies seek private sector interest to define clear pathways to profitable commercial end-uses. By inviting private sector investment or participating in public-private structures, the USG can overcome the so-called “valley of death,” which results when technology developed by the USG wastes away on the lab bench due to under-funding or a failure to commercialize. By securing ongoing government support, providing a management team, and injecting private capital, FSV helps technologies not only avoid the valley of death but thrive. This approach benefits all parties involved and fuels FSV’s unique deal flow.
FSV’s primary objective is to invest at a point when both development and commercial readiness offer an attractive risk-return tradeoff, thereby optimizing the risk-adjusted return on capital.
Update: FSV is not making any new investments at this time.