MADISON – Two additions to the venture capital landscape in Wisconsin will be featured at the March 28 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison.

Representing two corporate venture funds based in Wisconsin, Brian Kaas of CMFG Ventures and its parent, CUNA Mutual Group, and Craig Schedler, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, will discuss the funds, investment areas of interest, size of typical investments and best ways to connect with each funds’ team.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register.

Kaas is president and managing director of CMFG Ventures LLC and oversees all aspects of its venture capital program. Kaas also serves as the vice president of corporate development in the office of the general counsel at CUNA Mutual Group. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing a broad range of strategic transactions for the organization.

Schedler is a venture partner of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. He has served as a venture partner with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures since its founding in 2016. Prior to his current role, Schedler was a director in the corporate strategy function at Northwestern Mutual, where he led the team that analyzed the firm’s competitive threats and opportunities.

“Collectively, these two funds represent tens of millions of new, investable dollars. They are adding to an insurance industry investing sector that already includes American Family Insurance and AmFam Ventures,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council.

This Tech Council Innovation Network event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

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