While 3D printing begins to emerge not only as an industry that is clearly here to stay, it’s also moving along like a powerful locomotive, building steam, faster and faster—and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. That’s one recipe for investors to begin jumping on board if they haven’t already.
The discussion of investing in regard to areas like 3D printing is certainly a hot topic that’s currently fraught with questions about which company’s stock is going to shoot back up next. If you are involved in the high-tech industry and have a startup—or an idea—maybe someone wants to write you a check. If you have it going on in the 3D printing world, perhaps venture capitalists such as NIN Ventures might be worth contacting.
NIN Ventures, a venture capitalist company, is new and highly unique in that they are centered around progressive technology, and appropriately so they are the first to have a fund that functions as a ‘web-based opportunity.’ They are interested in companies in early growth stages not only in 3D printing but also other groundbreaking technologies in financial services, education, digital media, mobile apps, the cloud, and more.
Accredited investors can invest in the venture fund with as little as $100K. With the online-based raising of funds, NIN differs from the traditional venture funds reliant on endowment funds, institutions, and venues like wealthy individuals and family offices. They will be writing checks for sums of anywhere from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 for suitable companies.
”Our goal at NIN.VC is to invest in disruptive technologies and 3D Printing is currently high up on priority list. 3D Printing, also known as additive printing technology, allows manufacturers to develop objects using a digital file and variety of printing materials,” Nin Desai, CEO of NIN, told 3DPrint.com recently.
Desai, a self-professed technology geek and also an experienced fund manager who holds both a B.B.A and M.B.A in Finance/International Business from Loyola University of Chicago, and chairs the Harvard Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Group of Chicago, along with many other duties and a number of accolades.
“We believe 3D printing is the future and will stir a revolution across all industries whether it’s consumer, construction, manufacturing, medical, aerospace, automotive, etc.,” said Desai.
“Medical is one of the largest and fastest growing 3D printing sectors. There is a remarkably strong synergy among digital 3D design, medical imaging, and 3D printing for medical applications,” Desai told 3DPrint.com. “This trifecta of medical problem-solving power lets physicians use patient-specific data to capture, manipulate, and ultimately apply physical solutions of all shapes and sizes through 3D printing. Without such technology, personalized medicine would be difficult, as patients will need unique parts that can be rapidly and simply manufactured.”
With that in mind they have just welcomed Dr. Sunil Patel as a new and very important board member—and partner–at NIN. A Mayo-trained physician who has been practicing for twenty years, Patel is a perfect fit for the direction NIN wants to pursue, as his specialized research interest has been in tissue engineering and 3D printable materials.
“3D Printing has been used for rapid prototyping and is being applied in a number of industries today, including manufacturing, automotive, consumer, aerospace, defense, and especially healthcare. As the accuracy and materials market have improved, the medical space shows great potential for this technology,” said Dr. Patel.
Dr. Patel is a multi-organ transplant surgeon at the University at Buffalo, and he will head up 3D printing investments at NIN.
“We welcome Dr. Patel to our Board of Advisor. We have great faith in Dr. Patel’s contribution to the 3D Printing industry and believe his research will strengthen our position in identifying key technologies especially in the medical space,” said Desai.
If you are a CEO or part of a company involved in 3D printing seeking Series A or B round financing, NIN encourages you to check out the information and videos on their website, fill out their application and submit a business plan. If it looks as if you have a business idea or deal of interest, the NIN investment team will follow up and request a meeting or may need more documents to begin with. Are you interested in contacting NIN with your company’s business plan? What are your thoughts on this unique venture capitalist fund? Tell us your thoughts in the NIN Ventures forum over at 3DPB.com.
Nin Desai is not only a pilot in her spare time, but also has vast experience in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance. She started her career at Merrill Lynch, is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, holds a technical diploma in E-commerce by IBM, and also holds Series 7 and 63 licenses from NASD. She also just recently attended a leadership over program in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School.