Trust Ventures is another recently launched venture capital fund, partially backed by Koch Industries, that prioritizes portfolio investments in a unique way. The team focuses on cutting-edge technology startups with big societal impact who also face significant regulatory challenges or big incumbency barriers. Its early-stage capital is paired alongside government affairs and regulatory assistance that helps entrepreneurs overcome those hurdles.
Trust Ventures’ first nine investments included Oklo, whose first reactor design, capable of producing power for decades without refueling and turning nuclear waste into clean energy, became the first advanced nuclear company to begin formal review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
These efforts are seizing on immense opportunities that traditional financial sector entities are missing. They are tackling some tough engineering and scientific challenges facing society.