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WASHINGTON,Founded in late 2000, Glenwood Venture Partners is a network of about a dozen angel investors located primarily in eastern North Carolina.

Patrick Nash, a business development expert in the health care field, and Jim Blount, who formerly worked in the U.S. Treasury Department, lead it.

Glenwood doesn’t have a venture fund, preferring to do deals individually as members hear about promising companies and spread the word. The group provides seed funding of up to $500,000 per company.

Given Nash’s background, the organization favors life sciences and bioinformatics deals, and it also likes opportunities in the often-overlooked eastern region of North Carolina. The group’s only funding to date is in Synthematix, a Durham company whose software platform allows pharmaceutical companies to build and mine databases of chemical reactions.

Here’s the skinny:

Featured firm: Glenwood Venture Partners

Mailing address: 300 Isabella Ave., Washington, NC 27889

Phone number: (252) 946-6225

Web site:
(Under construction)

Management Team:

Patrick F. Nash
Jim Blount

Focus of firm: Invests in companies in the fields of life sciences and bioinformatics.

Size of current fund: No fund

Money under management: None

Names of companies funded:


How many new deals do you expect to fund in 2002: One to two

In what size range: $100,000 to $500,000

Sweet Spot (types of deals, stage of the company): Seed

Most important attributes for companies seeking funding: Experienced management team.

What differentiates you: We are a seed-stage angel network in eastern North Carolina.

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