Ascent Venture Partners, The Aurora Funds and IDEA Fund Partners

StrikeIron is backed by three elite venture capital firms: Ascent Venture Partners, The Aurora Funds and IDEA Fund Partners.






Ascent Venture Partners ( is dedicated to investing in innovation for the enterprise. In backing more than 100 early-stage, emerging technology companies since 1985, Ascent has remained committed to its mission of partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs striving to build innovative market leaders. Ascent’s investments have yielded powerful results generating more than $10 billion in enterprise value, which speaks to the firm’s deep knowledge, experience, commitment, and networks. The Ascent investment team manages five venture funds with total commitments of $500 million, and is located in Boston, Mass.






Founded in 1994, The Aurora Funds is a venture capital firm that provides capital and strategic help to entrepreneurs with early stage life sciences and information technology companies in the Southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States. The firm has more than $200 million of total capital under management and is currently investing out of its fifth fund. The firm has the capacity to invest between $4 million to $8 million throughout the life cycle of an investment. More information is available at






IDEA Fund Partners provides grants, loans and traditional venture capital to help young companies between seed funding and Series A financing. IDEA Fund Partners further supports these companies by leveraging its strong, strategic partnerships and alliances to help the companies through research phases, business challenges and growth goals. IDEA Fund Partners is committed to supporting North Carolina’s economic development by ensuring young, innovative companies grow, create jobs and become contributing business leaders. For more information, visit