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Thomas Nastas

Innovative Ventures Inc
President and Founder
Jackson, Michigan Area
After an early career in product development with Ford Motor, Multifastener, Donnelly
Mirrors, Lear-Siegler, Votrax & Park Chemical, THOMAS NASTAS founded Innovative
Ventures Inc. (IVI) in 1986, creating VC, PE, grant and cash flow funds in the USA, Canada,
Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa, Kazakhstan, Russia and East/South Africa; funds exceeding
$500 million across multiple geographies/legal systems, asset classes, stage of
investment, tech/non-tech, business models and risk profiles. Transactions ranged from
$100k-$10 million. His portfolio includes self-managed funds, as well as those with
partners such as Shell Technology Ventures/Shell Oil, State of Michigan, World Bank/IFC,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Commission, USAID and Canadian Development
Bank. Exits include Neogen (NEOG: NASDAQ), Applied Intelligence Systems Inc. (acquired by ESI, ESIO: NASDAQ),
Personal Bibliographic Systems (acquired by Thompson Financial, NYSE: TRI), Sunty (Cyprus) and Suntyco (Russia) –
acquired by Tata Group (Mumbai) + others, e.g. Sotsgorbank, Rolti, Flexoprint, Lada Xleb, Saratov Wallpaper, MRCI.