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66 Best & Most Active Minnesota Investment Partners

Investment Partners play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Minnesota Investment Partners. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Minnesota Investment Partners

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Russell Siegelman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Russell Siegelman is a Lecturer at the Stanford University.


Patrick O’Shaughnessy

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Patrick O’Shaughnessy is the Chief Executive Officer at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management.


Brett Brohl

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Brett Brohl – Managing Partner @ Bread and Butter Ventures


Justin Kaufenberg

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Justin has more than 20 years of strategic operating experience in high-technology, including deep expertise in Saas, payments and network e…


Ryan Broshar

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ryan is Founder and Managing Director for Matchstick Ventures. Founding Matchstick 2013, Ryan created a vehicle to support and interact with…


Bennie Bray

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Bennie Bray – Co-Founder @ Monarch Capital Partners


Juan Sabater

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Juan Sabater serves as a Managing Director at Valor. Juan Sabater’s responsibilities include investment structuring and execution, due dili…


Gene Munster

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Gene Munster is the Managing Partner at Loup Ventures.


Robert Weber

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Robert Weber joined Great North Ventures as Co-Founder & Managing Partner in 2017.


Jeff Hinck

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Jeff has been a venture capitalist since 1997 and has focused on early-stage business technology companies throughout his career. Jeff co-fo…


Stephen Oesterle

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Stephen Oesterle


Christer Gardell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Main occupation: CEO Christer co-founded Cevian Capital in 2002 and has since worked as a Managing Partner in the company. From 1996 to 200…


Jim Simons

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jim Simons is the Managing Director Split Rock Partners.


Andrew Clarke

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Andrew Clarke – Chief Financial Officer @ C.H. Robinson


Steven Anderson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Steven Anderson is the Chief Scientific Officer of Covance. In the CSO role he will lead the development and implementation of scientific st…


Tony Miller

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Tony Miller began his career at UnitedHealth. He joined Deloitte Consulting, focusing on strategic business development, mergers and acquisi…


Yuval Almog

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Yuval’s contributions span across all stages of the enterprise building process including: strategy, operations, financing, M&A and corporat…


Ryan Weber

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Ryan is co-founder of NativeX. Ryan’s focus is to combine NativeX’s sales and marketing initiatives with cutting-edge technology by leading …


Kathleen A. Tune

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Kathy joined Thomas, McNerney & Partners from Piper Jaffray, where she was a health care analyst focused on medical technology companies. Wh…


Patrick Meenan

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Patrick Meenan is a Partner at Arthur Ventures. Patrick joined Arthur Ventures from Microsoft where he spent time in its Corporate Developme…


Mudit Jain

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mudit has nearly two decades of operational experience in various functional roles including research, product development, business develop…


Kuk Yi

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kuk earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park.Outside of work, Kuk enjoys spending time with his family while…


Carl Casale

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

President and Chief Executive Officer of CHS Inc., a leading integrated agricultural company. Director of Ecolab since 2013. Member of the A…


Joy Lindsay

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Joy Lindsay is President and co-founder of StarTec Investments, LLC, a private venture capital firm that has been investing in high-tech com…


Greg Beaufait

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Greg joined Dundee in 2013 and now leads our team’s efforts in Minneapolis. Greg first spent a year as an intern with Dundee VC, analyzing p…


Christopher Smith

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Christopher Smith is a co-founder and CEO of Kipsu, a growth stage technology company based in Minneapolis. Prior to launching Kipsu, Chris …


Bukata Hayes

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Bukata Hayes VP of Racial and Health Equity at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota


Jake Kleiner

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jake Kleiner is an Investment Partner at Bettor Capital.


Michael Gorman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Michael Gorman is a founding Managing Director of Split Rock Partners. Gorman focuses on investments in software and internet services compa…


Deb Frodl

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Deb Frodl – Board of Directors @ Spring Valley Acquisition


Luc Bondar

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Luc Bondar – Vice President – Loyalty @ United Airlines


Rob Barmann

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Rob is a Senior Investment Director at Endeavour Vision, focused on medical technology investments. Rob joined Endeavour Vision after 15 ye…


Elizabeth Canis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Elizabeth Canis is a Vice President, Emerging Businesses & Partnerships at Anthem, Inc.


B. Kristine Johnson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

B. Kristine Johnson – General Partner @ Affinity Capital Management


Preston McKenzie

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Preston McKenzie is the Operating Partner of General Atlantic


Mike Gerend

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mike joined NEP in 2017 bringing more than 25 years of active lifestyle and consumer executive leadership experience. As an operating partne…


Thomas Schnettler

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Thomas Schnettler, is serves as Managing Director of Piper Jaffray Merchant Banking.


Robert Rinek

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Robert Rinek is a Managing Director and Partner of the Piper Sandler Merchant Banking Group.


Partha Mishra

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Partha Mishra Partner at DNA Capital,


Mary Quist

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mary Quist – Vice President for Finance @ Medica


Andy Cantwell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to joining NEP in 2006, Andy was with Northwestern Investment Management in the firm’s Private Equity and Mezzanine Group. Andy execut…


John Haugen

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Haugen – Founder, Vice President & Managing Director @ 301


Dave Mao

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Managing Director of Come Up Capital, a Minneapolis-based venture capital fund specializing in early stage investments in IoT, Smart Devices…


Tim Kuehl

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to joining NEP in 1998 as an associate, Tim was with a middle market investment bank where he specialized in M&A transactions. In addi…


Reed Robinson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Reed Robinson is a Founder & Partner at Groove Capital.


Dawn Owens

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dawn Owens is the President of the firm, with broad responsibility across TT Capital Partners’ principal investing and TripleTree’s investme…


Kip Knelman

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kip Knelman – Board of Directors @ TradeAir


Ryan Engle

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

A principal at TT Capital Partners, Ryan has more than 15 years of investing and transaction experience across several industries, including…


Ben Wright

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ben has served in a variety of roles within 3M, giving him a broad range of expertise including Corporate Venture Capital, Business Building…


Ryan Kruizenga

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ryan Kruizenga is a Partner at Arthur Ventures.


Craig Bunker

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Craig Bunker


Conor Green

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Conor Green


Sandra Peterson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Sandra Peterson – Director, Human Resources @ StoneArch


Nicholas Smith

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Nicholas Smith


John Wade

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Wade


Dimitrios Smyrnios

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dimitrios Smyrnios – CEO @ Schwan’s Company


Mark Thom

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mark Thom – Operating Partner @ Norwest Equity Partners (NEP)


Kari Cierzan

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kari joined NxThera in 2012. She has over 15 years of global marketing and product management experience in the medical device field, worki…


Kam Kielhorn

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kam joined Tonka Bay in 2015. He was previously a Manager in the Minneapolis office of Ernst & Young where he served in their Transaction Ad…


Walter White

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Walter White is president and CEO of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life). Prior to assuming his position as CEO, …


Michael Sweeney

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Michael Sweeney


Steve Soderling

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Steve Soderling is a Partner at Tonka Bay Equity Partners.


Shane Slominski

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Shane Slominski


Mark Wilf

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Venture

Mark Wilf


Amy Ronneberg

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Amy Ronneberg


Chuck Warta

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Chuck Warta is the group leader for the newly formed Cargill Health Technologies Group, responsible for growing Cargill’s human and animal h…

Written by Mark Kendall

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