Partnerships for the Future

Our Mission

Transforming customer interactions through innovative solutions


Our Strategy

We use innovation to generate customer value through three pillars: capital investment, pilots, and incubation/new business ideas.

Our Investments

Our initial investment of up to $1 million are typically made in Seed to Series A round startups.

Our Purpose

We provide value through innovative solutions and strategic partnerships.


Our Team

Julie Ann Larson

Vice President

Julie Ann is Vice President, American Enterprise Ventures. She is a versatile executive business leader with progressive career experience that drives results. Julie Ann uses her experience to create and implement solutions that foster high-potential opportunities and expansion for business operations. She values occasions to unite teams, facilitate discussion, and support teams through change. 

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Julie Ann Larson

Julie Stillman Pearce

Director of Innovative Solutions

Julie is the Director of Innovative Solutions for American Enterprise Ventures (AEV). Julie is an exceptional business leader who focuses on identifying early-stage companies that support the growth and development of customer interaction. She has a comprehensive financial background and is focused on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities that fit the strategic objectives of AEV.

Julie Stillman Pearce

Chad Zelle

Technology Architect

Chad is the Technology Architect for American Enterprise Ventures (AEV). He has been in the tech space for more than 20 years utilizing multiple development languages, architectures, systems, and roles in various industries, including insurance and finance. Chad uses his knowledge of current and emerging technologies to help AEV select strategic partnerships and investments. He also manages AEV’s internal development teams.

Chad Zelle

Our Partners

Balanced Growth

Balanced Growth is a business innovation and operations consulting firm for the insurance, financial services, and healthcare and non-profit sectors.

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Benekiva's mission is to become THE platform for life insurance companies to manage policyholder and beneficiary data, claims automation, and asset retention.

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Care Validate

CareValidate is a care validation company and the creator of SafeLight, the life-saving light bulb for seniors.

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OBI Creative

OBI Creative is a research, strategy, and advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska, known for award-winning work and client results.

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AE Ventures at a Glance

Learn how AE Ventures uses innovation to generate customer value and what it offers its partners.

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