NVCA Member Spotlight: Blue Bear Ventures

Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Deepak Gupta, Managing Partner at Blue Bear Ventures.

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Blue Bear Ventures is a seed-stage investor in early deep tech startups founded by scientists and engineers solving the biggest challenges we are facing in our lifetimes: Health and Climate. These are also currently entrenched multi-trillion dollar industries currently undergoing technology industrialization. Grounded in our team’s roots from the University of California, we invest in teams led by scientist founders from top-tier research universities in the US, which have included UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT and Harvard. We believe scientific discoveries from research institutions are the engines of innovation, and entrepreneurship is the fastest and most impactful path for bringing these innovations to market. As a team of technologists and engineers, we take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding technology’s impact and innovation. Thus, we have developed a unique focus on investing in startups built on substantial scientific advances and high-tech engineering innovation in the areas of applied biology and sustainable economies.

Where did your firm’s name come from?

Blue Bear is a homage to our firm’s roots from the University of California (blue is the university system’s color) and our current home state of California (bear is the state animal). Our team spun out of UC Berkeley, where 2 of our partners co-founded the CITRIS Foundry deep tech (Read more...)