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Apr. 3, 2015 12:05 pm

New DC incubator launches $20M fund for patent-based tech companies

AKT IP Ventures turns inventions into companies.
AKT IP Ventures gives inventors all the resources they need launch a company.

AKT IP Ventures gives inventors all the resources they need launch a company.

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AKT IP Ventures

AKT IP Ventures CEO Nicolas Chaillan. (Courtesy photo)

After launching last June, D.C. investment fund AKT IP Ventures is growing with a $20 million portfolio for IP technology companies.

The downtown incubator specializes on creating durable companies by turning patents into viable business models through its 18-month program, which provides funding, development, design and a sales team.

The new fund will help expand AKT’s portfolio of 170 ventures and also create 10 to 15 new companies in the mobile, multi-touch, wearables, IoT, big data or metech spaces.

“Our model includes a full business lifecycle from quick prototyping to product development to market place to exit,” said CEO Nicolas Chaillan in an email. “It takes that patent or idea and develops a product and company around it.”

In exchange for the incubator’s services and for equity in the company, inventors give away ownership of the patent. AKT has so far founded 5 companies.

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