First Leaf Capital is an investment and venture capital firm based in Champaign, IL. We pursue a wide range of investment opportunities including early-stage investments in startup companies, loans to new or established business owners, and acquisitions of entire businesses.
Mark Aardsma is founding investor and manager of First Leaf Capital. He previously founded three startups, and led them to success as CEO. He is an advisor to companies and their leaders, and his investments have consistently outperformed the market by wide margins. In 2016 his book Investing With Purpose was published . More on Mark’s site.
Venus Walker handles accounting and administrative functions.
If you are a business owner or entrepreneur seeking funding, you’re welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to attach existing pitch materials, if you have them, or simply send us a general message. We’ll reply letting you know our interest, and if applicable, what additional information we need.
If you have a business, private company stake, or other asset for sale, please contact us by phone or email.
Local pastry chef Kaya Tate is taking her successful business, Hopscotch Bakery, to the next level. She’s rehab’ing a building at 802 W John St., in Champaign, IL to house her new bakery and cafe. We’re impressed by Kaya’s business results and thrilled that she chose First Leaf Capital to provide financing for this expansion.
SNOOZ Inventor Eli Lazar chats with Paul Wood of the News Gazette’s Wired In, a column for High Tech Difference Makers. Nice job, Eli!
After years of design work and ramping up manufacturing, First Leaf Capital portfolio company SNOOZ has released the SNOOZ White Noise Machine. It’s now available to buy retail here: SNOOZ on Amazon. The SNOOZ team has done meticulous work on thousands of tasks to bring this great product to the market. It’s already selling well. …