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  • Co-Founder and General Partner

    • Ranked Top 100 Powerlist VC
    • 10+ years of VC/PE Investing
    • Former Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue (VC/PE Fund co-founded by Former CEO & President of McDonalds), focusing on food and beverage brands, food related technologies, and new restaurant concepts
    • Founder, Head, & Former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (investment arm of Simon Property Group, S&P 100, largest retail real estate company in the world), grew to top 5 corporate VC focused on commerce alongside Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures
    • Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching Venture Capital Intensive
    • Creator of Multiple Top Ranked Entrepreneur Resources: #1 Startup Investor Pitch Deck Template (viewed & downloaded 500,000+ times, used by leading business schools and accelerators)
    • Co-Founder of the #1 Startup Board Game: The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors

     

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    Andrew Zalasin

    General Partner

    • 25+ years of venture capital and private equity investment and operational experience with entrepreneurial growth companies
    • Former General Partner for 17 years at RRE Ventures, a leading technology venture capital firm with $1.5B across seven funds
    • Involved in nearly 200 investments and has served on more than 30 boards in the US, Europe and Asia, and has been instrumental in generating industry-leading returns and providing experience and resources to help companies build teams, attack new market opportunities, identify and secure strategic initiatives / partnerships and achieve profitable growth in all phases of development

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    Aakash Jain

    Senior Associate

    • VU Cohort 2 Alum
    • Venture Fellow, Jump Capital
    • Co-Founder, Booth Bay Area Angel Network (Booth BAAN)
    • Technology Investment Banking (Growth Equity), Financial Technology Partners
    • Fixed Income Quant Trading, Morgan Stanley
    • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA 
    • Cornell University, MEng (Computer Science)
    • Jacobs University, BA (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)

    Michael Siegel

    Analyst

    • Member of the Marketplace and Consumer investment teams in Venture University's First Cohort
    • Venture Fellow, VentureSouth
    • Clemson University, MBA, Entrepreneurship
    • Wofford College, BA, Business Economics

     

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    Jenna Fernandes

    Co-Founder, Operating Partner, & Head of Human Resources

    • Venture Backed Serial Entrepreneur
    • Co-Founder & CEO of The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors
    • Ranked Top 10 Female Tech CEO by Women 2.0 
    • Former CEO of Largest Student Run Business in The Country (Tufts Student Resources)

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