About Wildcat


Founded in 2015, Wildcat Venture Partners invests in startups leveraging key technologies such as Machine Learning/AI, IoT, and Cloud & Mobility.

We are specifically interested in teams applying these technologies in the following markets: Consumer Platforms, Digital Health, EdTech, Enterprise SaaS, and FinTech.

While we will opportunistically invest in later stage companies, Wildcat’s strategic investment interest is in companies that are currently entering or in the Traction Gap™.


Traction. What is it? How do you get it? How do you demonstrate it?

Wildcat has developed the Traction Gap Framework to help to help entrepreneurs address these questions.

The Traction Gap is the period between a startup’s initial product release and the product’s ability to generate traction in the market.

Startups must successfully reach a series of increasing value inflection points along the Traction Gap. As startups reach each successive point, they substantially increase in value because they have demonstrated a certain amount of market acceptance and risk reduction.


The Traction Gap Institute™ (TGI) was founded by Wildcat Venture Partners to help entrepreneurs traverse the traction gap.

TGI’s mission is to track, capture and publish the stories, tactics and metrics startups need to successfully traverse the Traction Gap. TGI has interviewed dozens of CEOs and founders who have successfully made it through this difficult period, and captured their go to market tips, tricks and techniques.

TGI hosts conferences, workshops and other events where it shares these findings and encourages entrepreneurs and venture capital firms to share best practices so that early stage startups can successfully traverse the Traction Gap.

"Wildcat’s team is a group of proven investors and entrepreneurs who have personally and successfully made the Traction Gap journey and have led many startups safely to the other side."

– Rob Frohwein, Founder & CEO, Kabbage

Download a complete overview of the Traction Gap Framework.


Referrals from people we know and trust are the best way to reach us, but we understand great ideas can come from anywhere. If your company aligns with our investment focus, submit your investment deck to ideas@wildcat.vc.

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