Norris Institute

Innovation through Entrepreneurship

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Since joining the University of St. Thomas in 2001, the Norris Institute has:
  1. Invested in 36 new ventures, 19 of them founded by UST alumni
  2. Invested a total of $3.35 million in seed capital, leading to over $28 million in additional capital for portfolio companies
  3. Re-invested more than $875,000 from returns on investment
  4. Seven current portfolio companies have an estimated ROI over 300 percent

The William C. Norris Institute continues the legacy of the founder of Control Data Corporation by supporting the start up and growth of visionary companies in Minnesota. The Institute's seed capital fund invests in innovative technology-based companies that are in the early stages of commercializing proprietary products and services. Breakdown of investments by industry:

  • Information technology (software or web) - 18 companies
  • Health (medical device, pharma, health care IT - 5 companies
  • Clean technology(environmentally safer products, resource conservation, alternative fuels) - 6 companies
  • Consumer services - 2 companies
  • Consumer products - 1 company
  • Outside funds (international and local microfinance) - 2 funds

Please review our criteria for investment on the Programs page and contact us if there appears to be a fit. See Portfolios page for descriptions of companies in which the William C. Norris Institute has invested. 

For further information or to submit a business plan executive summary for potential investment review, please contact:

Mike Moore, Director
(651) 962-4346