Kent Madsen

Co-Founder / Managing Partner

Kent Madsen is a Managing Partner at EPIC Ventures and has been a venture capitalist investing in early-stage software and technology companies for more than two decades.  While in Venture Capital Kent has worked on 6 IPO’s and dozens of acquisitions. Kent has served on dozens of both for-profit and nonprofit boards of directors, including almost a decade on Zions Bank’s Board of Directors (a full service bank with approximately $26 Billion in assets). 

Previously, Kent served as President, CEO and board member of the publicly traded company MACC Private Equities (NASDQ: MACC) and its wholly owned subsidiary MorAmerica Capital, a late-stage BDC’s that provided sub-debt and equity financing to private companies across the United States.

Before working in venture capital, Kent worked for Ford Motor Company.  He started in the Advanced Technology Group where he developed mathematical and computational models for optimizing vehicles’ aerodynamic and thermodynamic properties and systems. Being fluent in Chinese, he then transferred to Ford’s China Operations, eventually relocating to China, to help set up joint ventures there. Prior to working for Ford, as a graduate student, Mr. Madsen taught Engineering Thermodynamics at the University of Michigan and helped write the solution manual to Fundamentals of Classical Thermodynamics published by John Wiley and Sons.
Kent has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has a M.S.E. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Wharton.


  • MBA – Wharton Business School
  • MA – University of Pennsylvania
  • MSE – University of Michigan
  • BS – University of Pennsylvania


  • Area 1 Security
  • Canopy Tax
  • Nuvi
  • Mingle Health
  • Spiff
  • Volta
  • Zenefits


  • BrainTrace (Sophos)
  • HG Insights (Riverwood Capital)
  • Health Catalyst (IPO: HCAT)
  • Simplus (Infosys)
  • Exagen (IPO: XGN)
  • Shape Security (F5 Networks)
  • Janrain (Akamai)
  • PillPack (Amazon)
  • Cerberian (Bluecoat Sys)
  • Divx (IPO: DIVX)
  • Everdream (Dell)
  • Everspin (IPO: MRAM)
  • Infinera (IPO: INFN)
  • Ingeo Systems (CSC)
  • Lefthand Networks (HP)
  • Linux Network (SiliconGraphics)
  • Navitel (OpenTV)
  • Netcentives (IPO: NCNT)
  • Pivot Solutions (CME Group)
  • Signal (TransUnion)
  • Zettacore (eSionic)