INVENT Ventures Engages Merriman Capital for Growth Financing Raise

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- INVENT Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: IDEA), a seed-stage venture fund and technology incubator, today announced that it has signed an engagement agreement with Merriman Capital, Inc. and Financial Entrepreneur Platform member Core Equity Group LLC to raise growth financing for INVENT. The raise will be managed by venture banker Jon Buttles, Managing Partner of Core Equity Group LLC.

Bryce Knight, CEO of INVENT, said, "We are thrilled to engage with Core Equity Group LLC and Jon Buttles to manage our growth financing. We are confident that this partnership will accelerate our development of transformative companies and create value for INVENT, our portfolio companies and our investors."

About INVENT Ventures, Inc.
INVENT Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: IDEA) is a publicly traded venture fund that builds and invests in transformative technology businesses. INVENT primarily operates in markets of digital media, consumer internet, and social networking, and has built six companies at various stages of development.  INVENT is headquartered in Santa Monica, California in the renowned Silicon Beach area. For more information on INVENT, visit www.invent.vc.

About Merriman Capital, Inc.
Merriman Capital, Inc. is an investment-banking firm providing equity and options execution services, market making, and differentiated research for high growth companies. The Merriman Capital, Inc. Financial Entrepreneur Program provides infrastructure and support and for independent financial professionals. Merriman also provides capital raising, advisory and M&A services.

Merriman Capital, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: MERR) and is the leading investment-banking firm for OTCQX companies. For more information, please go to http://www.merrimanco.com.

Merriman Capital, Inc. is a registered broker-dealer and member of The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) http://www.finra.org, and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) http://www.sipc.org.

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SOURCE INVENT Ventures, Inc.



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