DURHAM, NC and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr 30, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Square 1 Financial, Inc. SQBK, -3.29% the holding company for Square 1 Bank, and Industry Ventures LLC, a leading investment firm for venture capital, today announced a strategic partnership to more fully serve the venture community. Square 1 Bank and Industry Ventures will institute a non-exclusive referral program among the two firms, while Industry Ventures will also assume the daily management of Square 1 Venture 1, L.P., a 2008-vintage venture capital fund-of-funds that is currently the top-performing private equity fund-of-funds for its vintage.
“We are pleased to announce this partnership with Industry Ventures, which has a highly respected and prolific track record as a leading investor in the venture capital space,” said Doug Bowers, CEO of Square 1 Bank. “As a public company with our energies increasingly focused on growing our venture banking business, we are fortunate to partner with Industry Ventures to provide comprehensive options to service the liquidity needs of venture funds and venture-backed companies. We value Industry’s significant experience in fund and direct investments, and appreciate having a trusted partner to refer to our valued banking clients with secondary liquidity needs as well as for new fund commitments. This partnership allows Square 1 Bank to focus on what we do best in venture banking, and it allows Industry Ventures to focus on what it does best in venture capital secondary and small fund investing, and fund-of-funds management.”
“Square 1 has positioned itself as a premier venture capital banking platform, and we are delighted to refer our general partner and company relationships to Square 1,” said Hans Swildens, Founder and Managing Director of Industry Ventures. “Square 1’s twelve offices and 40 bankers around the country serve over 120 venture fund and 1,600 portfolio company banking clients, which we believe provides Industry Ventures with broad exposure to seek secondary opportunities, primary fund commitments and direct co-investments.”