VSI invests in Northwest and other early-stage growth companies that create jobs, improve the environment, reduce waste, improve education, and enhance the human condition.
Opportunities to back experienced managers or entrepreneurs
Whether you are a group of people with an idea you think will change the world or a small company that needs a patient, thoughtful partner to help you get to the next level, we look to invest in people with passion about their idea, expertise in their industry and a product or service that can be truly disruptive.
Northwest people backing primarily Northwest companies.
We recognize the value of long-term relationships. We are friends with many of the people we invest in. Being able to grab a cup of coffee with local entrepreneurs and discuss ideas and issues is how we work. For those reasons, we typically choose to only back companies located in the greater Pacific Northwest so we can be accessible to our portfolio companies and the people that run them.
Efficient use of capital
The majority of our investments will be able to achieve long-term viability, liquidity or exit with less than $15M in invested capital. Companies that require large infusions of capital may not be a good fit for VSI.
Thoughtful about exit
As an early stage investor, we are looking for liquidity at some point. We like to invest in companies where managers understand and acknowledge the importance of a liquidity event. Due to the unique nature of our capital, we do not need to follow the traditional “3 years and out” venture model.
Invest where we add value
Money is often important to any new business or investment. But for us, its typically about bringing more than money to the table. We want to leverage our experience and try to avoid those areas in which we don’t have any. For that reason, not all deals are right for VSI.
In The News
Coastal Community Bank has raised $6.5 million in a private stock offering that the Everett-based bank said would be used to bolster the bank’s capital and take advantage of expansion opportunities. An earlier version of this blog post included details from a private placement offering that contained outdated information. I caught up with Coastal Community […]
VanSickle Investments Participates in Horizon Real Estate’s purchase of Cal State University Student Housing Project “The Element”. VSI has invested in the $37M purchase of the 288 unit “The Element”. The Element is a 2004 built, student specific housing project at Cal State Univ Sacramento. This is the 19th Student housing invesmtment made by VSI.
October 16, 2012. There had been rumors that HCP, Inc. might be buying Emeritus Senior Living, but it looks like it is buying only a portion of the assets managed by the company. HCP has agreed to pay $1.73 billion for 133 senior living communities with 10,350 units, or about $167,000 per unit, which make […]
There had been rumors that HCP, Inc. might be buying Emeritus Senior Living, but it looks like it is buying only a portion of the assets managed by the company. HCP has agreed to pay $1.73 billion for 133 senior living communities with 10,350 units, or about $167,000 per unit, which make up most of […]
VSI Sponsor MS’s Annual Ride Montana Bike Ride! For more information, please see http://main.nationalmssociety.org/