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Investment firm with Tampa office stands up $150M tech fund

TAMPA — Anzu Partners, a national venture capital and private equity firm with a significant office in the Westchase area, is launching what is expected to be a $150 million technology investment fund.

The Anzu Industrial Capital Partners II L.P. and AICP II Limited fund will, like the firm's first $128 million fund, invest in U.S. and Canadian companies pursuing breakthroughs in manufacturing, materials, modeling and measurement. The firm's previous investments are spread out across North America, but do include one Florida-related firm, Banyan Biomarkers, which built on technology developed at the University of Florida to develop a blood test to help diagnose traumatic brain injuries.

Anzu expects to launch the fund in the middle of the year and already has identified some prospective companies to invest in, managing partner Whitney Haring-Smith said.

The firm has offices in Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C. and on Race Track Road north of Tampa Bay Downs, where it has nine of its 25 staff members. Those include its chief financial officer and two of its three managing partners, Haring-Smith and David Seldin,the former president of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team and a member of the board of trustees at the Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, which oversees ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

"Tampa is a great base of talent," said Haring-Smith, who said the firm is looking to add someone in finance to its local office.

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