WRF Capital is the investment vehicle for Washington Research Foundation. We invest up to $10 million annually in startup companies based in Washington, with a focus on spinouts from nonprofit research institutions in our state: UW, WSU, Fred Hutch and ISB, among many others. Since 1996 we have invested in 122 local startups.
Through early-stage investing, WRF Capital enables technologies developed by Washington-based companies to reach the market. We understand the distinctive challenges of commercializing new technologies and help other investors through our proven track record of thorough due diligence and selective investments.
We are often the first money in, and we partner with angels and VCs over early and later rounds. We can lead investments, syndicating with firms that add value to the team and technology.
If your business or investment opportunity sounds like a good fit for WRF Capital, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We prefer to invest in startups developing technologies with life sciences applications. Our portfolio includes companies in the following areas:
Includes biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and digital health
Includes enterprise software and internet-based solutions that offer innovation with near- and long-term potential
Includes advanced materials and scientific instrumentation
Our startup companies support our mission. Their successes create products and services that improve the lives of the public.