It is a challenging fundraising environment out there for sure. And that is not just for startups. This economic crisis has far reaching-tentacles. As the public markets have declined, so too have the liquid portfolios of universities, endowments, foundations. And it is those institutions who are among the most significant investors in Venture Capital. As a result, VCs are finding it equally challenging to raise money of their own.
With that as a backdrop, we at August Capital went out to raise a new fund at the end of last year. And I believe that our experience mimicked that which startups are seeing in the market today. No matter how good your track record. No matter how good your progress to date. Fundraising is hard. Investors are swayed and distracted by external factors that may or may not have anything to do with your business or the likelihood of your success.
That said, just as the strongest startups today are managing to get funding (sometimes even in up rounds), so too are the strongest venture funds. The partners at August Capital have been in the venture business for as long as three decades and have consistently delivered positive returns to our investors in up markets and down. Just as we remain bullish about investing in great companies in these challenging times, our investors remain confident in our ability to make great investments in these challenging times.
As a result, my partners Dave Marquardt, John Johnston, Andy Rappaport, Vivek Mehra, Howard Hartenbaum and I have recently closed August Capital V, a $650 Million fund. We remain focused on early stage high tech startups throughout the technology landscape (software, hardware, chips, etc.). But we also believe that this economic environment will result in a number of larger opportunities -- spinouts, PIPEs, buyouts, etc. -- that will prove to be extremely attractive investments. Thus, we have the flexibility within our new fund to invest as much as several hundred million dollars in a single deal, should a sufficiently compelling opportunity become available. We look forward to investing on both ends of the company spectrum and now have significant resources to bet on the great companies we see, big and small alike.
We certainly consider ourselves very fortunate to have such steadfast support from our investors. And lucky to have the flexibility in our new fund to take full advantage of the opportunities that will arise out of these challenging times. As we said repeatedly during the fundraising process, we believe that an investment in August Capital is a bet on the future of human innovation, and we are very long on human innovation. We have already made four investments out of our new fund and look forward to continuing to invest in the great entrepreneurs we meet every day. We are certain that important new companies will be born during this economic downturn and we look forward to providing the funding they need to grow and prosper.