Development Capital Networks
Development Capital Networks LLC has produced the WBT Innovation Marketplace since the inaugural WBT in 2002. DCN is a professional firm devoted to creating, building and managing complex innovation networks and knowledge clusters that serve the needs of entrepreneurs, federal agencies, associations, governments and regional development organizations.
DCN believes in the transformational power of networks. Nationally recognized for building networks of capital, knowledge, and people that support technology entrepreneurs, DCN’s notable “firsts” include:
In 1991, DCN principals created the nation’s first regional private equity fund of funds program for the State of Oklahoma. DCN affiliate Cimarron Capital Partners, LLC (Cimarron) continues to manage the program, whose state economic impact to date exceeds $1 billion.
In 1997, DCN principals launched the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (www.nasvf.org), bringing together–for the first time–seed-stage investors and regional economic development professionals. Today, NASVF is the nation’s leading voice for regional venture capital and private equity (VC/PE) initiatives.
In 2002, DCN created the Latin American Venture Capital Association (www.lavca.org), now the preeminent data and networking source for the Latin American VC/PE industry.
In 2002, DCN created the WBT Innovation Marketplace (www.wbtshowcase.com), the first global innovation marketplace for university and lab-based technologies, networking Fortune 1000 firms, investors, mentored technologies and companies.
In 2006, as part of the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity Program, the principals of DCN, through Cimarron, advised the government of Mexico on the formation of a now-implemented $450 million fund of funds.
DCN also owns core expertise in IP and patent management and consulting, technology venture forums, and the development of unique training events for entrepreneurs, angel investors, technology agencies and development finance practitioners.
For more information about DCN visit the DCN website.