‘Give Me a Call’: How This VC Fund Invests in RI Startups

For Slater Technology Fund‘s managing director Thorne Sparkman, who’s been with the firm since 2000, his job is pretty simple.

“I’m the guy who finds investments and negotiates them and makes them,” he said. “It’s very small company; I’m kind of it.”

He’s right. Slater may not be large when considering its internal size, but that hasn’t kept the state-backed venture capital fund from packing a significant punch. Since 1997, it’s made around 42 investments with four exits, primarily in companies within the life sciences, information technology, energy and environmental sectors. It has more than 40 startups and companies in its portfolio.

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