Lawmakers approve venture capital fund manager

The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).
The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Sun Mountain Kegonsa has been approved by Wisconsin state lawmakers to manage the new $25 million state-sponsored venture capital fund.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the contract as recommended by Gov. Scott Walker’s Department of Administration on Tuesday.

The state will contribute $25 million toward the fund that will be available to help startup business and capital investment projects. Sun Mountain Kegonsa is required to come up with at least an additional $5 million for the fund.

Sun Mountain Kegonsa is a partnership formed by Sun Mountain Capital of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kegonsa Capital Partners of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Sun Mountain Capital has Wisconsin ties, as it’s led by Brian Birk, a former state resident.

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