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It has been almost three years since SWIB's staff penned its first white paper on Wisconsin venture capital titled "The Wisconsin Venture Capital Landscape" that provided an overview of SWIB's investment thesis behind increasing its commitment from $150 million to $200 million to that particular strategy. At that time, the portfolio's strategy was to capitalize on the imbalance in Wisconsin and the Midwest between the recognized high levels of research and development occurring in the region and the disproportionately low levels of venture capital dollars. The imbalance between the supply of capital and the demand for capital created a highly inefficient market offering advantages to investors with deep connections to the research channels, and the experience and skill to build companies to commercialize that research.
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