Approach & Investment Criteria

Seed + Support + Succeed


Disruptive Capital for Disruptive Ideas

Cottonwood Technology Fund is a top-decile performing early-stage venture capital fund. Cottonwood Technology Fund is active on two continents (USA & Europe) and has offices in the USA and in The Netherlands. Cottonwood Technology Fund provides disruptive capital to disruptive technology businesses.

Cottonwood’s investment approach and focus is on hard science, pre-seed, seed and early-stage funding for IP-driven companies which provide Key Enabling Technologies.

Typically Cottonwood invests between 1M and 2M from the start (mostly pre-revenue / pre-customer) as lead investor from the start to the end.

Cottonwood invests primarily in the Southwestern USA and Northwestern Europe. The Cottonwood team screens around 800 technologies & companies per year, but invests only in 2 to 3 new disruptive companies per year (0.2% of all opportunities). In total we lead 8 – 10 investments per year (including Series B, C, D, E, F follow-on rounds).

Our investment criteria:

Regional Focus: Southwest US (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Colorado) and Northern Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland).

Sector Focus: high-tech technology / hard science (hardware) – patent based companies in e.g. Photonics / Optics, Micro- & Nanoelectronics, Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, Medical Technology, Cleantech / Energy Transition, Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics.
We do not invest in software, platforms, artificial intelligence, apps, life sciences, biotech and consumer products.

Ticket Size: min. 500K – max. 3M (USD / EUR for the first round; Cottonwood can invest also in follow-on rounds).

Stage: pre-seed, seed, early-stage.

Other Criteria:

  • Is the technology protected by patents and difficult to duplicate ? We do not invest in technology without a patent.
  • Is the technology advancement significant / disruptive ?
  • Is there a sizeable addressable market ?
  • Focus on B2B markets ?
  • Is the technology suitable for multiple markets and/or multiple product lines ?
  • Can we make high margins and do we foresee high exit possibilities ?
  • Cottonwood’s value-add: how do we leverage our network and is there additional value-add funding with industry-expertise available ?

If your startup matches our investment criteria, we look forward to receiving a teaser or investor deck. Please fill in our application form.

We are enterprise builders and roll-out our companies on a global scale.

Key Success Factors
Cottonwood Technology Fund

  1. Screening & scouting: proprietary deal-flow
  2. A larger first round (connect technology partners & attract top management)
  3. Attracting board members from the corporate network
  4. Technology assessment with corporates before investment
  5. Hands-on mentoring, active on the board
  6. Opening doors within our worldwide corporate network
  7. Focus on capital for follow-on rounds
  8. Global network with technology partners & ecosystems
  9. Investment criteria: focus on disruptive technology which can be used in multiple markets and/or in different product lines & technology which is difficult to duplicate (focus on strong IP)
  10. An excellent venture capital team
By the numbers


Companies Invested


Assets under Management


Additional capital raised in total

~ 1 : 11

Investment leverage


Photonics & Optics / Micro- Nanoelectronics


Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology


Medical Technology


Clean Energy / Energy Transition & Robotics / Advanced Manufacturing
We would not exist, or certainly not in New Mexico, if it were not for Cottonwood. Until Cottonwood got involved we struggled to get attention from other capital providers. Cottonwood has been a real catalyst, beyond their money, to upgrading our management team, opening doors to potential strategic investors and customers and focusing on our market entry strategy. Cottonwood has been a great partner in driving our success in every area. I truly believe they wake up every day looking for ways and ideas that can support our success.
— Justin Eisenbach, President and CEO, Bayotech Corp


Cottonwood invests more early money € 1 – 3M (not 200 – 300K). With the extra money we syndicate to add technology expertise and adding key management (board members with industry expertise and top management) and reaching value inflection point milestones.


Cottonwood is active on the board (“we roll-up our sleeves”), providing guidance, recruiting additional capital, potential strategic partners and key customers. Cottonwood has a unique global ecosystem and relevant top-level contacts with more than 60 corporates.

Focus on follow-on capital

From the beginning we start to focus on raising a Series B round (average 5-10 million). After raising the B-round we start preparing the C-round (15-30M+). We succeed in > 50% of our investments in raising a B-round. In 2018 we leveraged with more than 110M additional capital for our portfolio.

“Money is the fuel behind exponential growth!”


Success in building initial enterprise values by more than 1B. 6.0X increase in portfolio value. 17 investments, 40M invested, total capital raised in total > 440M, around 11X investment leverage.

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