Connecting the Coasts to NEO
Interstate Fusion Ventures invests in top-tier startups who benefit from our NE Ohio and coastal relationships.
Many top-tier startups begin on the coasts. These renowned tech hubs bring together world-class talent and visionaries.
But often, these endeavors need to look elsewhere for resources for sustained success and growth.
We know the way.
It’s a proven path.
A better route.
We are Interstate Fusion Ventures
Inspired by the interstates that connect the east and west coasts to the heart of Northeast Ohio, we’re bringing together the significant resources from Ohio and the greater Midwest to innovative companies on the coasts. This fusion of capital and expertise will result in a more direct path to success for investors and our portfolio companies.
Traditionally, the Midwest invests in the Midwest. This regional strategy limits dealflow and access to capital and resources.
Interstate Fusion Ventures is building an innovative “two-way street” where capital, talent and knowledge flow continuously between the heartland and the coast.
When Silicon Valley or NYC startups begin working with enterprises in Northeast Ohio, they often set up a local presence, which creates jobs and bigger ideas. This also attracts more investors and focus on startups and investing opportunities in Northeast Ohio.
The launch of our first fund allowed us to build a broad network of investors and entrepreneurs across the country. It also gave us expanded reach and alignment with Silicon Valley paving the way for future deals.
We are well connected to Northeast Ohio’s robust cluster of manufacturing, healthcare and consumer goods businesses. These organizations represent massive buying power for technology products and services. These are the customers startups need.
Interstate Fusion Ventures is uniquely prepared to connect the coasts to the Midwest in a way that amplifies and grows opportunities and investments locally and globally.
“Bill and the Interstate Fusion Ventures team provided great early advice to help Splash navigate towards product market fit. I am excited to work further with them in the future.”
— Steve Muszynski, Founder & CEO
“We feel very fortunate to have met Bill and the Interstate Fusion Ventures team early on in our development. They have been very involved and always willing to step in and step up when we most need them. They have been a critical partner of ours and instrumental to our success!”
— Rik Shorten, Co-Founder & CEO
“We were thrilled to add Interstate Fusion Ventures to our cap table and expanding our reach into Ohio and the Midwest!”
— Larissa Russell, CEO & Co-Founder
“We are very excited to be partnered with Bill Manby and the entire team at Interstate Fusion Ventures. The Northeast Ohio region represents a large opportunity for Plutoshift given the number of manufacturing and consumer goods businesses.”
— Prateek Joshi, Founder & CEO
The Interstate Fusion Ventures Blog
News & Updates
Connections Newsletter #1
Thank you for believing in the mission of Interstate Fusion Ventures and helping us by connecting the coasts to Northeast Ohio. This newsletter will highlight our year along with some portfolio company spotlights and provide a glimpse into 2023, from a Venture Capital perspective.
VC Roundtable Highlights
Interstate Fusion Ventures (IFV) held a VC Roundtable meeting in June. Founding & Managing Partner Bill Manby sparked conversations around essential issues the VC market faces today. It was an intriguing dialogue with many insights that are worth sharing.
The Future of Society
Two short months after we invested in Society Brands, the company announced its first institutional capital raise of $204 million.