Portfolio

Some of the businesses we have partnered with… so far.





www.hopscotchcakes.com

Hopscotch is a local bakery led by pastry chef Kaya Tate. Her artistic dessert creations and skillful marketing have brought success and growth to the business. A new bakery + cafe location is coming soon.

Our Role: Lender.  Financed renovation of new facility



www.inprentus.com

Inprentus makes optical diffraction gratings to extreme specifications enabling performance levels not previously possible.

Our Role: Equity Investor and Board Observer




www.getsnooz.com

SNOOZ is a modern-looking and great-sounding sleep noise machine. No harsh or repetitive digital tones — it uses a real fan blade to produce the smooth, acoustic sound of moving air.

Our Role: Lender. Financed first production run.




www.centralillinoisaviation.com

Central Illinois Aviation is run by top-notch flight instructor Nick Zink. The company’s own Cessna 172 is available for flight instruction and for rental use. Nick provides a full range of flight instruction services, aerial photography work, commercial pilot services, and more.

Our Roles: Lender and Consultant




www.photonicareinc.com

Photonicare is working to bring a new medical device to the detection and treatment of middle ear diseases, especially ear infections in children. Their handheld otoscope can not only see the exterior of the eardrum, it uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) to see through the eardrum to what’s behind it. Their ultimate goal is to reduce overuse of antibiotics, avoid unnecessary tube surgeries, and expedite effective treatments based on direct observation of the infection.

Our Roles: Lead Seed-Round Investor and Advisor




www.virtualauditor.com

Virtual Auditor detects, scans, and profiles numerous devices and resources to increase security and compliance across your network. It covers network devices, virtual hosts, databases, OSes, & web applications.

Our Role: Lender




www.boxcast.com

BoxCast is a complete, easy-to-use live streaming solution for organizations. The company allows colleges, high schools, churches and businesses the ability to create stunning, professional live video experiences with minimal effort.

Our Role:   Seed-Round Equity Investor




www.fmnbank.com

Farmers-Merchants National Bank is a three-branch community bank headquartered in Paxton, Illinois.

Our Role: Shareholder and Member, Board of Directors




www.atsrentals.com

ATS Rentals provides online rentals of projectors, video cameras, and other A/V gear, shipping to events and productions nationwide.

Our Role:   Owner, Founder, and CEO



www.atsacoustics.com

ATS Acoustics manufactures and sells sound-absorbing wall panels and other acoustical products at reasonable prices with flexible, made-to-order customizations.

Our Role:   Owner, Founder, and CEO