Venture Affiliations

Bess Ventures & Advisory has invested in companies along side top tier venture firms and organizations

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General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies and market leading businesses, including Airbnb, BigCommerce, ClassPass, Datalogix, Datto, Demandware, Gusto (fka ZenPayroll), The Honest Company, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snapchat, Stripe, and Warby Parker. The General Catalyst partnership leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA and New York City.

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With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and Shanghai, Highland has raised over $3 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 225 companies, resulting in category-defining businesses across consumer and enterprise technology.

 

Investments include 2U, Ask Jeeves, Bromium, Gigamon, Leap Motion, LevelUp, Lycos, MapQuest, Nebula, QD Vision, Qihoo 360, Quattro Wireless, RentJuice, Rent the Runway, Starent Networks, Sybase, Violin Memory, VistaPrint and WePay.

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Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the Lightspeed team has backed and helped build more than 200 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. The Firm currently manages over $3 billion of committed capital and is currently investing out of Lightspeed X, a $635 million fund and Lightspeed Select, a $430 million fund. Our team invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley and Israel as well as in India with Lightspeed India Partners and China with Lightspeed China Partners.

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Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm providing capital for seed through growth technology companies in the consumer and enterprise sectors. Its market-driven research analysis has led to the identification of and successful exits in innovative technology markets. The firm has worked in several research areas of investment, including mobile, enterprise storage, communications, and consumer.

 

Menlo Ventures’ portfolio includes 70 public companies and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions. The firms’ network of portfolio entrepreneurs, angels, and advisors are a key resource made available to all of their family of investments. Menlo Ventures has 4 billion U.S. dollars under management and is currently investing Menlo Ventures XI, a 400 million U.S. dollars fund with 20 million U.S. dollars allocated to their Menlo Talent Fund for fast seed funding.

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New Enterprise Associates (NEA) partners with entrepreneurs to build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies. As one of the world's largest and most active venture capital firms with more than $13 billion in committed capital, the firm's long track record includes more than 190 portfolio company IPOs and more than 300 acquisitions. Among its historical investments are technology leaders like Data Domain, CareerBuilder, Diapers.com, Groupon, Juniper, Macromedia, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, TiVo, WebEx and Workday. 

 

In the U.S., NEA has offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area; Menlo Park, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and New York City. In addition, New Enterprise Associates (India) Pvt. Ltd. has offices in Bangalore and Mumbai, India and New Enterprise Associates (Beijing), Ltd. has offices in Beijing and Shanghai, China. 

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Plum is a SPAC platform for operators, by operators. We exist to deliver as much value as possible for our partner company. Our team of 48 diverse, global team members has collectively created over $420 billion in enterprise value and increased revenues by $130 billion as operators, and is at our partner company's disposal. We help companies maximize their public market success with our Accelerating Through The Bell playbook, with support in ten specific areas, like leveraging DEI, direct introductions to Fortune-500 CEOs, and international growth. Plum has highly favorable warrant coverage (1/5) and the backing of elite long-term, fundamental investors.

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TPG now has approximately $72 billion under management with investment and operational teams in 16 offices around the world. Having invested in more than 400 companies, TPG has built a diverse set of asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, public equity, credit, and real estate, to help LPs achieve their investment objectives.

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Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm focused on thesis-driven growth investing at scale. With more than $65 billion in assets under management, our active portfolio of more than 185 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. As an experienced partner to outstanding management teams, they help build durable companies with sustainable value. Warburg Pincus raised 19 private equity funds, which have invested more than $77 billion in over 870 companies in more than 40 countries.

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Wing is a purpose-built venture capital firm founded by two industry veterans with a different perspective on what it takes to create enduring companies. The firm commits to its portfolio companies in their early stages and engages for the long term, with a singular focus on the transformation of business technology by the data, mobile, cloud paradigm. The body of work of Wing’s award-winning team spans two decades and dozens of companies, 16 of which have executed successful IPOs and achieved market caps in excess of $1 billion. Recent examples include FireEye, MobileIron, Nimble Storage, Opower and Ruckus Wireless.

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Work-Bench is an enterprise technology venture capital fund in New York City. They invest in the next generation of enterprise startups tackling big data and advanced analytics, enterprise infrastructure, machine learning, security, and more. Work-Bench support early go-to-market enterprise startups with workspace, community, and corporate engagement to accelerate customer acquisition and product validation with Fortune 1000 corporations.

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The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, works with its partners to serve the entire CMU community — departments, colleges, centers and campuses — to accelerate bringing research innovations and promising ideas to the global marketplace and helping all entrepreneurial students, faculty, staff and alumni tap into the "innovation ecosystem."

The Swartz Center's mission is threefold:

  1. Defining CMU as the "destination of choice" for all individuals — faculty, staff and students — interested in entrepreneurship;

  2. Fostering an "inside-out" approach to creating winning commercial ventures from cutting-edge research and ingenious ideas for the benefit of society; and

  3. Developing an extensive, vibrant network of alumni entrepreneurs.