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5Lights IP Ventures

Bringing a Proven Model to University-based Innovation

5lights was founded on a combined 73 years’ senior leadership experience in commercialization and the insight that iconic ventures and companies succeed through more than innovative thought, hard work, and large cash infusions.

We believe that significant and sustained growth, value creation, and profit are best created through the focused balance of five factors — five lights. Each of these factors is vital, and together they unlock a venture’s greatest of potential.



We welcome inquiries from tech transfer professionals, inventors, subject matter experts, and potential commercialization partners.


What is the unique and compelling advantage?


What is the best model, in terms of sustainability and scalability?


Who is “missing” in terms of vision, leadership, management, execution and culture?


What cash, credit, people, partners, or other resources will best power the business?


Is the market ready and sufficient, and what will it take to thrive there?


Our companies are built on a set of common philosophies and distinguished by shared values among the people who drive their success.

First and foremost, we believe in possibility, the satisfaction of a healthy pursuit and the gratification of meaningful impact.

From that foundation, we work with select entrepreneurs, inventors and other partners who embrace sound business approaches as a means to commercial success: innovative people who exhibit unwavering mettle and dedication to a culture of optimization.

5Lights IP Ventures Leadership

Charlie Horn

Charlie Horn


Sherry Hoskinson

Sherry Hoskinson

Managing Partner | CEO

Matt Muehlebach

Matt Muehlebach

General Counsel