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CEI Ventures

For nearly 30 years, we have successfully identified and cultivated growth-oriented businesses that create good jobs for people living in rural towns and small gateway cities across the Northeast. We finance and help to grow businesses that pay a living wage, provide basic benefits and host a fair and engaging workplace that offers opportunities for training and advancement.

We view our investment relationships as collaborative partnerships. In addition to the investment of capital, we are actively involved in our portfolio companies participating in strategic, financing, capitalization and exit planning, as well as team building and recruiting.

We pride ourselves on being a Community Development Venture Capital firm (CDVC) that provides equity capital to businesses in underinvested markets, seeking market-rate financial returns, as well as the creation of good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity.

Stage of capital: Seed, Series A, Series B, Late-Stage

Location: Brunswick, ME

Diversity focus: Women, Black and African American, Hispanic-Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Native American

Industry focus: Environmental Sustainability, General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Consumer and Retail, B2B, Fintech and Payments, Healthcare and Wellness (incl. FemTech), Future of Work and Living (incl. Education/EdTech), Food and Agriculture


Nathaniel Henshaw, Chandler Jones and Thao Duong

Nathaniel Henshaw
Managing Director

Chandler Jones
Managing Director

Thao Duong
Finance and Fund Administration Manager