Laura Lukaczyk is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Avansis Ventures, LLC. Avansis has invested in Cognio, Covega, Exent, iPhotonics (NYSE: SLR), Trust Digital, and Tucana Technologies Inc. Laura has over fifteen years of entrepreneurial and venture capital experience. She has participated in the startup of successful companies, and in all aspects of their growth and financing – both from the investing and operating sides of the business, and has a first hand understanding of the motivations and challenges experienced by new companies and their founders. Laura currently serves on the board of Tucana Technologies Inc. and Exent Technologies Ltd.
Prior to Avansis, Laura was a consultant for New Enterprise Associates ("NEA") in its Reston, Virginia office. At NEA she participated in investing nearly $85 million in companies such as DataCore, Exent, TeleGea and WNP (acquired by Nextlink).
Prior to NEA, she was the founding CFO at Denwa Communications and previous to this, the Director of Sales at International Communications Corp. ("ICC"), which grew to $100 million in annualized revenues within 14 months. Her prior investment experience includes working as a manager of private equity placements for Multifinance Holding Corp., a family fund with $100 million under management. Laura’s prior technical experience includes semiconductor engineering and manufacturing for the Delco Electronics Division of General Motors.
Laura is co-chair of the Centennial Celebration for the Chemical Engineering School of the University of Wisconsin and serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering School. She also serves on the Incubator Advisory Board of the Reston (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the NVTC Private Equity Committee. She received her MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School and her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.