About Next Level Ventures

Next Level Ventures is a venture capital firm which invests in growing companies. We typically invest $0.5 million to $5 million for a minority ownership position. Our team is looking for companies that have the potential to become big opportunities. We provide capital and strong management expertise to help your company to grow quickly.

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Our Portfolio

We have backed several exciting businesses (see below), and we are seeking new, innovative companies.

Capital: We typically invest $0.5 to $5 million for a minority ownership position in each company. Through our investment partners, we can do even larger transactions. We generally invest for three to seven years.

Approach:  We are proactive with our portfolio companies by serving on boards, providing oversight, generating strategic opportunities, and expanding globally. Plus we drive our portfolio companies to profitable outcomes for the entrepreneurs, employees, managers, and investors.

Private systematic program to fund AgTech entrepreneurs and help them towards success through mentorship and financial support

Website: www.agstartupengine.com

Directors: Kevin Kimle and Joel Harris
Location: Ames, IA

Private investment funds to support high-growth start-ups in Ames, IA and other Story County areas

Website: www.amesedc.com

CEO: Dan Culhane
Location: Ames, IA

Integrated HCM software; merger of BirdDogHR, ExakTime, and InfinityHR

Website: www.arcoro.com

CEO: John O'Hara

Locations: AZ / CA / IA

Telehealth software and virtual care solutions

Website: Certintell.com
CEO: Ben Lefever
Location: Des Moines, IA

Enterprise-level video conference and language translation solutions

Website: www.getconnectivity.com
CEO: Tom Kielty
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Remote management for livestock facilities

Website: getdistynct.com
CEO: BJ Brugman
Location: Ames, IA

Software for online payments and money transfers

Website: www.dwolla.com

CEO: Brady Harris
Location: Des Moines, IA

Digital tool set for farmland professionals

Website: www.farmlandfinder.com
CEO: Steven Brockshus
Location: Des Moines, IA

Software to create interactive educational applications

Website: www.builtbyhlt.com
CEO: Alec Whitters
Location: Coralville, IA

Software and hardware for power over ethernet smart building systems

Website: www.igor-tech.com

CEO: Steven L’Heureux

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Software and data for loan originators

Website: www.lenderclose.com
CEO: Omar Jordan
Location: West Des Moines, IA

IoT platform designed to improve workplace safety and reduce workers’ comp claims

Website: www.makusafe.com

CEO: Gabriel Glynn
Location: West Des Moines, IA

Developer of novel oral vaccines for pets and livestock

Website: www.mazenanimalhealth.com
CEO: Dr. Jenny Filbey
Location: Ames, IA

Software to manage all HVAC-related design, production, and installation

Website: www.msuite.com
CEO: Britton Langdon
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Connecting clinicians and practices

Website: openloophealth.com
CEO: Dr. Jon Lensing, MD
Location: Des Moines, IA

B2B software to create dynamic documents from data automatically

Website: www.pitchly.com

CEO: Ryan Gerhardy
Location: Des Moines, IA

Software for incorporating computer vision into applications

Website: www.roboflow.com
CEO: Joseph Nelson
Location: Des Moines, IA

Long term care prescription management

Website: www.smartscripts.com
CEO: Todd Thompson
Location: Washington, IA

Mobile advertising software solution for companies

Website: taponitdeals.com
CEO: Katie Castillo-Wilson
Location: Davenport, IA

Software that enables 3D design collaboration across the extended enterprise

Website: www.vertexvis.com

CEO: Dan Murray
Location: Ames, IA

Software for quantitative pulmonary analysis

Website: www.vidalung.ai

CEO: Dr. Susan Wood

Location: Coralville, IA

Developer of a novel therapeutic for metastatic melanoma

Website: www.viewpointmt.com
CEO: Dr. Frances Johnson
Location: Coralville, IA

Software for clinicians to remotely monitor their patients at home

Website: www.webcarehealth.com
CEO: Dr. Teresa Sieck

Location: Ankeny, IA

Supplements to keep pets healthy and active

Website: winpropet.com
President: Tim Mitchum
Location: Des Moines, IA

Software for project management & workflow automation for marketing and creative teams

Website: www.workgroups.com
CEO: Todd Skokan
Location: Des Moines, IA

Software for talent management and compliance

Website: www.birddoghr.com

CEO: Todd Skokan

Location: Urbandale, IA

Our Team

Managed by experienced investors (collectively we have invested over $100 million of equity) and operators (CEO, CFO, and other executive positions).

We are dedicated to providing strong investment returns to our investors as well as advice and support to our portfolio.

Craig Ibsen

Managing Partner

Duane Harris


Scott Hoekman


Dave Tucker


Michael Perrin

Vice President

Wyatt Powers


Barbara Gooch

Director of Administration

Tej Dhawan

Senior Advisor

Todd Skokan

Senior Advisor

Ryan Gerhardy

Senior Advisor