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Pioneer Venture Group

OUR PURPOSE & VISION

The Pioneer Venture Group is the University of Denver’s first studentrun venture capital fund run by a team of Graduate Students within the Law School, Business School and the School of International Studies. We invest in innovative seedstage and preseedstage startups across the Rocky Mountain Region. We take an active, handson approach that empowers entrepreneurs as they grow their companies. Our unique position on a university campus allows us to leverage diverse knowledgesets gained from our different degree programs and life experiences.We also provide market access to our portfolio companies through our regional and campus networks.

The Pioneer Venture Group is focused on creating sophisticated investors, adding to the Colorado startup landscape and helping our portfolio companies succeed.

OUR STUDENT BOARD

Kate Kourlis

Kate Kourlis

Managing Partner

Jonalyn Denlinger

Jonalyn Denlinger

Student Expert Advisor

Kieran Enstrom

Kieran Enstrom

Former Co-Managing Partner

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown

Former Co-Managing Partner

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Nina Sharma

Nina Sharma

Managing Director of Project X-ite

Lee Mayer

Lee Mayer

Chief Executive Officer of Havenly

Annie Dunn

Annie Dunn

Senior Investment Manager at Techstars

Carly Abrahamson

Carly Abrahamson

Principal, General Counsel of Colorado Impact Fund

Becky Stifter

Becky Stifter

Associate Attorney at Michael Best

FUND SUMMARY

TARGET STAGE

Angel & Seed

Post-Product | Post-Revenue/Pre-Revenue | Pre Profitability

TARGET FUND SIZE

$1M

TARGET NO. OF INVESTMENTS PER YEAR

5-10

DONOR COMMITMENTS TO DATE

10%

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

Rocky Mountain Region

TARGET INITIAL INVESTMENT

$10k-$25k

Significant opportunity for follow-on/co-investment

TARGET HOLDING PERIOD

5-7 Years

MILESTONES TO DATE

Recruited an interdisciplinary Student Board of Graduate level students

Review 40 companies from the Rocky Mountain Region

Developed and tested a comprehensive due diligence process

Built partnerships with local VC Firms and expanded the Groups collective network

CURRENT MEMBERS

Kate Kourlis, Managing Partner, Daniels College of Business. Contact her at Kate.Kourlis@du.edu

PAST MEMBERS

Jonalyn Denlinger,  Daniels College of Business, Executive MBA

Nathan Rosenberg, General Partner, Daniels College of Business, Undergraduate

Kendall Godley, General Partner, Sturm College of Law

James Taravella, Lead Partner, Sturm College of Law, Class of 2020

Richard Londer, Lead Partner, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Class of 2020

Madison Gawler, General Partner, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Class of 2020

Lauren Brown, Managing Partner, Daniels College of Business, Executive MBA, Class of 2020

Kieran Edstrom, Managing Partner, Sturm College of Law, Class of 2020

 

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