Innovation, passion, and integrity drive value.

We invest in early-stage companies that utilize disruptive technologies and business practices to accelerate growth. We look for clear points of defensibility, proof of market, and the ability to scale. We seek partners who share the value we place on trust, community, and hard work.

Sectors we focus on include Healthcare, Media, Environmental Advancement, and B2B SaaS.

Our target investment is a first check of $250,000 to $1 million in Series Seed to Series A round.

Cowles Ventures' impact started locally in Spokane, WA and has expanded to high-growth companies in the Western United States and beyond.

If you are an entrepreneur with a business that fits this profile, please submit your information by following the link below.

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The companies below include our current active portfolio as well as previous acquired companies.

Direct Investments

Managed Funds


As an investor in our company, Cowles Company and its staff has been truly world class. Since inception of our partnership, Cowles has proven diligent, supportive and helpful throughout the process. etailz’ partnership with Cowles has allowed us to rapidly expand our business and has supported the growth of countless jobs here in the Spokane community.
— Bill Kinzel, CFO etailz Inc.
We found Cowles to be an extremely thoughtful investor that is interested in forming long-term relationships. Unlike most institutional investors, Cowles has the ability to be flexible with both the amount of capital they invest and the time frame".
— Kevin Cable, Managing Director Cascadia Capital
CloudEngage couldn’t have asked for a better investor and partner than Cowles Company. Further, Steve Rector, CFO of Cowles, has been a tremendous addition to our board. He demonstrates a great understanding of our space, has exhibited solid judgment and is clearly involved to assist us in fulfilling our vision. Count yourself lucky if Cowles Company helps you move your dream forward."
— Paul Wagner, CEO CloudEngage
Entrepreneurs know that when the time comes to seek outside investors or angels it creates expanded opportunities as well as additional risks. Not only are we seeking money — we are seeking a trusted partner, a trusted advisor who will candidly provide sage advice and experienced guidance for both the near term as well as the long term. What I learned in securing investment capital from Cowles Company is that Ag Energy received the capital to continue innovating and bring our product to market, but importantly, we partnered with the right investor. We received the sage advice. We received experienced guidance. Working with Cowles Company we garnered a trusted advisor with Steve Rector.
— Philip Appel, PhD, President, CEO Ag Energy Solutions, Inc.