Bio + Background

New Frontier Holdings was formed to manage the investing activities of Nate Laurell. Nate is the CEO of Here Holdings (a leader in the local-food movement), chairman of ampCNG (a renewable-energy company), and a general partner at R^2 (a full-service real estate firm). In addition, he serves on the boards of Brook Park Holdings, Tailings Capital, and Acumen Fund, a patient-capital fund that invests in businesses tackling global poverty.

Nate has been an entrepreneur since forming TECHnacity (a software-development firm) while in college. He holds a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been recognized by the Council on Global Affairs as an emerging leader and by Crain’s 40 Under 40.

Nate lives in Chicago and San Francisco with his wife, Kris, and their three nutty rescue dogs (Sinna, Logan, and Riley). You can contact him at

Press + Profiles

2018, Food Navigator : Here sets its sights on being the first national local brand
2018, Chicago Tribune : Morton Salt warehouse redevelopment plans
2018, Crain’s Chicago : Morton Salt plant getting massive riverside redo

2017, Forbes : Chicago’s Simple Food And Beverage Industry
2017, NGV Global : CARB Issues Lowest Ever Carbon Intensity Score
2017, WSJ : EIV Capital Invests $47 Million in Renewable Fuel Provider
2017, Producer Grower : Growing Here
2017, Business Wire : EEX and IncubEx Join Forces to Develop Global Environmental Markets
2017, Chicago Tribune : From warehouse to penthouse: Industrial corridor ready for makeover
2017, Crain’s : WGN-TV studio sells for $22 million

2016, AcumenNate Laurell Joins Acumen’s Board of Directors
2016, Fleet Owner : ampCNG signs fueling agreement with US Foods
2016, Fast CompanyWhy Chicago is Becoming the Country’s Urban Farming Capital
2016, WSJFarming Gets High Tech in Bid to Offer Locally Grown Produce
2016, Chicago TribuneManure Helps Chicago Startup Build Natural Gas Network
2016, CurbedRemaking Goose Island, One of Chicago’s Great Industrial Hubs
2016, FortuneBig Agriculture Gets Its Sh*t Together

2015, Arch Daily : R2 Companies Propose Plan to Revitalize Chicago’s Goose Island
2015, Fast CompanyFarmedHere Wants to Bring a Vertical Farm to Your City
2015, Jacksonville JournalNew Natural Gas Station to Provide Alternative
2015, WSJ : Silicon Valley Firms Plant Roots in Farm Belt
2015, Milwuakee JournalChicago Developer Buys Downtown Post Office Building
2015, Trucking NewsampCNG’s CNG-fueled Truck Fleet Surpasses 30 Million Miles

2014, Crain’s40 Under 40
2014, Crain’s Real EstateGoldman, South Street Betting on Loft-Office Market
2014, Crain’s Real Estate A Bet on Goose Island Offices
2014, Curbed Here’s a First Look at Goose Island’s Newest High-Tech Hub
2014, Chicago Tribune Why Thinks of Itself as More Than an Electricity Provider
2014, Crain’s Chicago The Divvy Biker Who Would Fuel America’s Trucking Industry
2014, Council on Global Affairs 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders

2013, New York Times Dairy Finds a Way to Let Cows Power Trucks
2013, Forbes Lightning In A Bottle: Starting Up in A $190 Billion Market
2012, CS Magazine Pure Energy
2009, Crain’s Chicago Chaos Theorists