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We connect high potential companies to strategic private capital.

Why work with Varia?

New capital pathway outside traditional industry or bootstrapping 

Access to strategic support to build your company

Investments by partner VC funds in your industry enhance the credibility of your business and team

Potential opportunity to compete in business plan (i.e. Shark Tank) competitions, with separate cash awards


Each of our venture funds has its own investment criteria. Learn more about each fund here and apply for funding by clicking the fund links below:

Not yet ready for funding? Email to learn more about how our network and experience can set you up for success.

Dendrite FundSINC Opportunity Fund (SAGES)GI Opportunity Fund (AGA)

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Strategic Partners & Business Development

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your investment process?

  1. Submission: You will need to submit a short application and your pitch deck. We’ll review to confirm you meet our investment criteria.
  2. Due Diligence: If you proceed to diligence, we will ask you to submit additional information and schedule follow up calls with your team and certain key customers or stakeholders. This ensures that all questions are addressed and gives us the ability to probe more deeply.
  3. Investment: Our investment process generally takes 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how quickly you submit your information to us and the timing of our monthly investment committee meetings.

How much do you usually invest in a company?

Typically, our investments range from $50,000 to $3 million, depending on the Fund, and we strive to support our portfolio companies with follow-on investments.

What stage rounds do you participate in?

We invest in Seed through pre-IPO companies, depending on the Fund. We may follow a lead or strategic investor.

Do you sign confidentiality agreements?

No, as it slows down the investment process and we see many applicants every year in the same or similar industries. We do not complete diligence or invest in companies that are directly competitive with our existing portfolio.  

How does your single investment vehicle work?

  1. All investments are through a special purpose vehicle (an LLC) that is specifically formed to aggregate investments from investors into your company, a common structure in early-stage investing. This keeps your ownership table clean and reduces your investor relations burden.
  2. We must be able to share your approved pitch deck and certain additional information about your business with potential investors.
  3. There must be sufficient investment interest from investors to close the financing—and all investors in your financing must be “accredited investors.”

Do I need to be part of a partner organization?

No, but it does help if you have a connection to one of our partners or a member of our investment team.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please email and a member of our team will reach out to you to discuss.

How can I apply for funding for my company?

Email for more information on how to apply today!

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Buffalo, NY 14202

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