Why How What

Why? Access to Capital Improves Lives

How? Providing clarity on strategic finance

What? Community building with online courses, events and peer-to-peer learning.

Our Inspiration: “How great leaders inspire action” / “Four principles for the open world”  / “How to start a movement”  / “Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!”



Jason Martin

Jason Martin Growth Hacker

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Jason joined the INVESTyR team in July, 2012. Most recently, Jason has been serving as the Co-founder of TechTalks.tv, a web publishing platform for educational presentations, workshops and slide-based videos. Prior to this, Jason has been very involved with early stage companies, playing important roles in business development and marketing. During his time as a college student at the University of North Dakota, he studied Entrepreneurship and also developed a mobile marketing start up with support from the Center for Innovation. Jason resides in Minneapolis near Lake Calhoun.

Digital Marketing
Product Marketing
Growth Hacking
Customer Developmen
Phil Pogge

Phil Pogge co-founder

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Phil Phil has deep experience in corporate finance and project finance.  He has been employed in the corporate offices of two Fortune 500 companies, one of their international subsidiaries and one of the largest privately held companies in the US.  Phil has experience in multiple aspects of the energy space.  INVESTyR is the 4th entrepreneurial venture Phil has been a key executive and board member.  Minneapolis is the fifth city Phil has lived in since graduating with a double major in finance and economics from Creighton University.

Cash Flow Optimization
Relationship Management
Global business
Online business development
Patrick Donohue

Patrick Donohue co-founder

social-link social-link social-link social-link Patrick founded INVESTyR with Phil Pogge with the vision of providing professional education and tools for business owners to provide them superior access to capital. Patrick has seventeen years of capital markets experience including business development, financial modeling, investment research publication and investment banking. Patrick is a mentor for the Carlson School Growth Fund at the University of Minnesota and past programming chair (‘06-‘09) and board member for the CFA Society of Minnesota, a professional organization serving over 1,200 charter holders. Patrick has served as a board member, board observer and advisory board member for several private companies. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance with honors from Creighton University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.





Financial Modeling
Finance Strategy

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What our clients say...

Cynthia Dickason-Scott

Passionate, practical, and invaluable straight-talk that takes the mystery out of fund-raising and provides cutting edge tools that put entrepreneurs a step ahead in the digital world. Patrick is one of those rare mentors who combine a wealth of industry savvy and generosity of spirit to provide agile support, guidance and deftly delivered, no-holds barred feedback. He and the INVESTyR team have cut through the clutter to create an invaluable (multi-platform) resource that I will continue to mine throughout our fund-raising process and beyond. Thank you Patrick!

Cynthia Dickason-Scott

Aaron Kardell

“Social media is transforming the capital formation process and Patrick’s insights are valuable to seasoned and first-time entrepreneurs alike. I highly recommend his session.”

Aaron Kardell

Paul Halvorson

I have appreciated working with Patrick. He was very knowledgeable about helping us understand capital markets and how to raise funds for emerging and growth oriented companies like ours. I believe Patrick’s approach represents the cutting edge of how companies will raise money in the future.

Paul Halvorson

Sandra Raup

Patrick and his team worked with Datuit’s leadership team to help us clarify our message to potential investors and to customers. After working on our technology and getting feedback from healthcare providers and consumers, we needed to refocus our efforts to reach our target audience and hone our message. Patrick helped us get on the right track and gave us access to resources for us to continue on our own. He has continued to be available to answer questions as we work our plan.

Sandra Raup


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