University of Michigan Endowment Backs Crypto Venture Capital Fund

The financial endowment fund of the University of Michigan, one of the oldest and most established academic institutions in the U.S., is the latest institutional investor revealed to have entered the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Its endowment is backing a crypto venture capital fund managed by Andreessen Horowitz.

This fund is a collection of thousands of individual donations administered as a large investment fund whose value reached $ 11.9 billion as of October 2018. Their income pays for scholarships, chairs and other university programs.

According to an item for information document from the Feb. 21 Board of Regents meeting, the university’s endowment is set to further increase its investment in a crypto venture fund. The university already committed $3 million to the crypto network fund in June 2018.

The crypto network fund, CNK Fund I, L.P., is managed by Andreessen Horowitz, the Menlo Park headquartered venture capital firm also known as a16z. According to the document, it was created to invest in crypto technology companies across the spectrum of seed, venture, and growth stage opportunities. Andreessen Horowitz decided to create a dedicated fund for crypto investments primarily because “crypto has become an important area of innovation and entrepreneurship that warrants focused attention”.

Additional reasons for raising the crypto-focused fund are that the regulatory landscape for crypto-based investments is also “potentially more cumbersome” than Andreessen Horowitz’s traditional technology investing, and that a separate fund for the crypto industry could also be better positioned within the distinct cryptocurrency community than a general information technology investment fund.

In a similar recent development, last week it was reported that two American public sector pension funds have backed a crypto industry venture capital fund with a large tranche of a combined $40 million investment. The Fairfax County Police and the Fairfax County Employees’ pension plans provided the main backing for the Morgan Creek Blockchain Opportunities Fund.


Disclaimer: This press release is for informational purposes information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of infocoin, and should not be attributed to, Infocoin.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *