A  Emergent Growth Fund


     Office Locations:

101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 201C
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-335-3021



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Emergent Growth Fund began its first fund, EGF-I, in 2003, created by a large group of leaders in the Gainesville-Ocala business community. Emergent Growth Fund is a member-managed, angel investment group, focusing on early stage companies developing unique, leading-edge products, or proprietary technologies that possess the potential for rapid growth in significant markets. Investment decisions are made by the Fund instead of by individual members, and the group's first fund had more than $3 million in initial capitalization. Emergent Growth Fund II, was started in 2006 with more than $2 million in member capital. The size of an investment can range from a low of $100,000, to more than $500,000 with add-on investments from the group's individual members. An average investment is likely in the range of $200,000 to $500,000. Emergent focuses on companies or technologies that originate from the University of Florida or the surrounding geographic area.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Alan Fogg Treasurer
    Eric Buffkin Secretary
    Garrett Gleim Treasurer
    Jeff Shamis Vice-Chairman
    Jim Parker Vice-Chairman


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Bit Cauldron
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      Optima Neuroscience
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      Sensory Analytics
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      Smart Structures
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      Wilmington Pharmaceuticals
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