Rochester Institute of Technology becomes first University to Invest in Tokenized Venture Capital
Boston, MA, July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (via Blockchain Wire) COSIMO Ventures, an investment firm with offices in Boston and Dublin focused on transforming promising deep technology companies into global industry leaders, is pleased to announce a seven-figure investment from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (www.rit.edu) into its new, blockchain-focused tokenized fund, COSIMO X.
According to Robert Frasca, Managing Partner, COSIMO Ventures, this is the first time that any university in the United States has directly invested in a tokenized venture fund.
Although many similar institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and MIT, have made indirect investments into digital assets and blockchain technology through traditional venture funds such as Andreesen Horowitz and Paradigm, RIT is the first to directly hold a tokenized economic interest in digital security form.
“As industry leaders, not only is it important for us to invest in businesses advancing cutting-edge technologies, but it is essential to adopt such technologies as a means by which we invest.
We are impressed by the entrepreneurial experience and forward-thinking mindset of the COSIMO team and their innovative approach to venture to invest. The team’s deal flow has sourced unparalleled investment opportunities and the fund has one of the
e most appealing economic structures in the market today.” said James Watters, RIT’s senior vice president for finance and administration.
COSIMO X Tokens, which represent an economic interest in the evergreen fund, is currently available via the Securitize powered COSIMO X and can be purchased by institutions, international investors, and the US accredited investors here.
“We are incredibly excited to have been selected as the issuance technology for the COSIMO X tokens,” said Carlos Domingo co-founder and CEO of Securitize.
“The COSIMO team has completely redesigned the way venture capital investing works by heightening valuation transparency, enhancing liquidity, and generating economic incentives for long-term holders.
By deploying our Securitize ID and Instant Access products in tandem with the token, Cosimo investors have access to groundbreaking tech that enables instant trading of securities in a compliant way that leverages the broadest set of wallets such as Coinbase Wallet.”
COSIMO X is focused on investing in businesses that utilized digital assets and blockchain protocols to further advance the rapidly emerging digital economy.
With exposure to companies within the sectors of regulatory technology, new digital asset creation, and market infrastructure platforms, the fund is focused on financial technology as a spearhead to enter the market.
“Of course, we feel that the structure of the fund is very appealing,” added Robert Frasca, Managing Partner at COSIMO Ventures, “but we are just as excited about the opportunities that the fund will continue to invest in.
After all, there is a multi-trillion-dollar growth opportunity in decentralized software protocols that we are aiming to capture. Yes, the tokenized vehicle is exciting, but we believe that the growth that we can foster as an investment firm will be what really resonates with our investors.
Once the market fully understands the benefits of tokenization as it relates to funding investing, a structure like ours might become the market standard.”
For more information about COSIMO Ventures, visit www.cosimoventures.com. To learn more about the Rochester Institute of Technology and its endowment, please visit www.rit.edu/fa/controller/endowment. To learn more about COSIMO X, its structure, and its investment thesis, please visit www.cosimox.com
About COSIMO Ventures
COSIMO Ventures is an investment firm focused on transforming promising deep technology companies into global industry leaders. With offices in Boston and Dublin, COSIMO Ventures invests primarily in Blockchain but also in related sectors including digital currencies, AI, AR, and Data Analytics. For more see www.cosimoventures.com
COSIMO X is a digitally securitized venture capital fund that invests in blockchain protocols, digital banking platforms, machine learning, and digital assets. The first round of funding is currently open to institutions, international investors, and the US accredited investors.
COSIMO X tokens represent indirect limited partnership interest in the Fund and are fully SEC-compliant under Regulation D, Rule 506 (c). Tokens can be purchased, and more information can be found at Cosimo X.
Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.
The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.
RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.
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