Idea Fund of La Crosse Raises $13 Million, Exceeds Expectations for Startup Investment Fund

​Jul 11, 2017 — The venture capital fund initially raised $8 million, then ended up raising $12 million, and now has made its third close. It filed an amended document with the SEC today to update the final amount. The fund closed June 30.

Idea Fund of La Crosse Raises $4.9M More, Eyes First Investments

​Jul 11, 2017 — The Idea Fund of La Crosse, one of the “recipient” funds created under the public-private Badger Fund of Funds program, recently raised $4.9 million from investors, says Jonathon Horne, the fund’s managing director. That brings the total amount the Idea Fund has raised since launching in mid-2016 to $13 million.

Idea Fund of La Crosse May Raise More Than $12 Million

​Jun 5, 2017 — The fund, one of those created by the Badger Fund of Funds, had its first close for $8 million in February, and it has since been adding more investors. It now has reached $12 million and has held its second close. And there likely will be a third and final close.

Ep. 13: Jonathon Horne, Idea Fund of La Crosse

We discuss the Idea Fund's strategy, how entrepreneurs can pitch the fund and what led Jonathon to getting involved in Wisconsin venture capital community.

Venture Fund Shows Interest in Region

Mar 19, 2017 — A new venture capital fund that is looking to invest in about a dozen startup companies in Wisconsin has shown interest in the Chippewa Valley.


Jonathon Horne, managing director of the recently created La Crosse-based Idea Fund, visited the region last week for meetings to introduce the fund and its goal to provide capital to startups that show potential for quick growth.

Local Venture Capital Firm Boosted by Badger Fund

Mar 10, 2017 — How many business ventures can the Idea Fund fund now that it’s been funded by the Badger Fund of Funds?


At least a dozen, Idea Fund of La Crosse managing director and La Crosse native Jonathon Horne hopes as his venture capital firm gets off the ground. Horne, the son of Judge Scott Horne, moved back to La Crosse about a year ago after working as an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City to help grow the amount of venture capital — money that funds high-risk, high-reward startup companies — invested in the region.

Idea Fund of La Crosse — A New Source of Venture Capital in Wisconsin is Weighing its First Investments.

Mar 4, 2017 — The Idea Fund of La Crosse said it has raised $8 million that will be funneled into young companies around Wisconsin over the next several years.

WisBusiness: The Show - Idea Fund La Crosse's Jonathan Horne

​Feb 24, 2017 — Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. 


This episode of “ The Show” features an interview with Jonathan Horne, managing director of The Idea Fund of La Crosse, who describes one of Wisconsin’s newest early stage investment funds.

WisBusiness: The Idea Fund of La Crosse has closed on its initial fund

Feb 22, 2017 — IFOLC, the first venture capital fund to receive a commitment investment from the Badger Fund of Funds, will invest $8 million over the next several years.

Idea Fund of La Crosse to invest $8 million in Wisconsin startups

​Feb 22, 2017 — The Idea Fund of La Crosse plans to invest $8 million in 10 to 12 Wisconsin startups over the next several years , the organization announced Tuesday.


The venture capital fund closed its initial fund and said it will begin actively reviewing startup investment opportunities across the state.

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