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Emerald Stage2 Ventures (“Emerald Stage2”) is a Pennsylvania-based early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient information technology companies primarily in the Technology-Enabled Services area. The Emerald Stage2 principals have over 30 years of venture capital and entrepreneurial experience, and have strong track records investing in and growing young technology companies. The fund will invest primarily across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region and has as partners some of the region's leading institutions that bolster the fund’s network and resources. Stage2’s strategic partners include Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a leading regional seed investor and Emerald Asset Management, a leading regional asset manager. The fund also has Internet Capital Group, a pioneer in acquiring and building on-demand software companies, as a Limited Partner. Emerald Stage2 seeks to leverage its principals’ investment experience and its strong affiliate relationships to identify, invest in and cultivate tomorrow’s leading technology companies.
Emerald Stage2 Ventures
Bruce Luehrs was previously a General Partner of the Edison Venture Fund from 1998 through 2006 and has been a banker, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist for the past 25 years. Bruce has extensive experience with both equity and debt financings and is well known in the Philadelphia area, having served as a past Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group (now the MAC Alliance) and as an active member of the Mid Atlantic Venture Conference Steering Committee and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Bruce brings a strong track record to Emerald Stage2 and has extensive investment experience in the region, having championed numerous Edison investments in the Mid-Atlantic region including Gain Capital (www.gaincapital.com), Virtual Edge (recently sold to ADP), Fiberlink (www.fiberlink.com), Innaphase (successfully sold to Thermo Electron in 2004), Octagon (www.octagonresearch.com) and Cadient (www.cadient.com). Bruce’s investment activities have been concentrated on financial services information technology (IT), pharmaceutical IT and communications services companies. Over the past 8 years, Bruce has championed investments in 14 companies totaling over $60 million.
Previously, Bruce was Vice President of Columbia Capital, an investment merchant bank in Alexandria, Virginia and a principal at PNC Equity Management and Fidelcor Capital. While at PNC Equity Management, he directed their specialization on wireless telephone service investments. Earlier in his career, Bruce was a commercial lender with Continental Illinois National Bank (Chicago) and Fidelity Bank (Philadelphia). While at Fidelity, he developed a lending and investment practice for Fidelity Bank to serve emerging growth companies in the Delaware Valley. In 1998, he secured a SBIC license for Fidelity Bank and served as the first President of the SBIC unit and Fidelcor Capital.
Bruce was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1975. He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University following graduation from Duke University with a BA in Economics, summa cum laude.
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