Webinar

An Introduction to Purple Arch Ventures

Watch the on-demand, 25-minute presentation about Purple Arch Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ fund for Northwestern alumni and friends of the community.

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The discussion is led by Purple Arch Ventures’ Managing Partner David Beazley, along with Partner Erik Hammer and Analyst Rachael Ferm. The webinar is open to all alumni and friends of Northwestern.

During the session, we will discuss:

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    The goal and structure of the fund
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    The value of the Alumni Ventures’ model
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    Some examples of current portfolio companies
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    The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
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    The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund

The webinar recording does not feature our live Q&A, please make sure to join webinars live to participate in the discussion. 

Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures

To learn more, click below to review fund materials or book a call with a Senior Partner.

About your presenters

David Beazley
David Beazley

Managing Partner

David has played a leading role in many aspects of the VC investment cycle: structuring transactions as a fundless sponsor, improving operations as a consultant, leading management teams as a CEO, evaluating opportunities as an investor and advisor, and selling companies as a licensed business broker. Previously, he founded Synergy Financial, a private capital and consulting firm for entrepreneurs, PE professionals, and family offices. He started his investment career as a professional advisor managing millions in assets. David has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern and played for the two-time Big Ten Championship Northwestern Wildcats Football Team. He serves on the NUvention and Kellogg Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Boards.

Erik Hammer
Erik Hammer

Partner

Erik has worked with both traditional venture investors and corporate venture teams during his career. He has deep experience evaluating opportunities, structuring investments and advising management on value creation. Previously, he helped build the strategy and make investments for the PGA TOUR’s corporate ventures group. Erik began his career with Deloitte Consulting where he focused on corporate strategy and M&A engagements. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors. He has an MBA in Finance from Kellogg.

Rachael Ferm
Rachael Ferm

Venture Analyst

Rachael’s interest in Venture Capital began in Tel Aviv while working at Pitango, Israel’s first and largest VC fund. Here, Rachael worked on their nascent Impact Investing fund and discovered the role technology and entrepreneurs hold in driving systemic shifts in sustainability and socioeconomic equity. Rachael received a grant from Northwestern University and the Gates foundation to return to Israel to study sustainable food systems. Returning to Northwestern, Rachael co-founded a profitable business which expanded to serve 100+ universities. This experience was complemented with 2.5 years at Accenture, where Rachael consulted multinational companies on their 5-year technology innovation strategy, examining global trends and emerging technologies. Throughout this time, Rachael’s continued passion for the VC space was reinforced by working with Accenture’s corporate venture arm, attending a variety of conferences, and serving as a mentor for a sustainable food accelerator.

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