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MetaVC Partners Launches First Fund with Venture Focus

Founded by Chris Alliegro and Conrad Burke, MetaVC Partners recently launched its first fund, which will focus on venture investments in early-stage startups employing metamaterials technology. The fund debuts with investments from Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold.

Metamaterials are manufactured materials engineered to control and manipulate energy, and designed to exhibit properties not found in naturally occurring materials. To date, metamaterials have been commercially employed to produce high-performance and low-cost solutions in power transmission, imaging, wireless communications and sensors.

MetaVC Partners currently holds investment positions in Mangata Networks, which is developing satellite-enabled telecommunication and edge computing services, and Neurophos, which is focused on optical neuromorphic computing products.

“Thanks to the backing of Bill and Nathan, the field of metamaterials has morphed from almost pure science to a viable commercial industry over the past 10 years. But we have just scratched the surface. Over the next 10 years, we will see an explosion of opportunities using metamaterials in computing, renewable energy, communications, medical imaging and many other areas,” said Alliegro.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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