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Closing Soon! Introduction to Congress Avenue Ventures

The deadline for Congress Avenue Ventures Fund 4 is around the corner and the team is beginning to deploy capital and build the portfolio. Join Managing Partner Rob Adams accompanied by Principal Brook Stroud and Analyst Patrick Sweeney to hear about some of the investments already made and how they will continue to build a fully diversified venture portfolio.

The live, 45-minute discussion about Congress Avenue Ventures Fund 4 is open to all alumni and friends of The University of Texas.

During the session, we will discuss:

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    The goal and structure of the fund
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    A review of the current investments in Fund 4
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    Benefits of diversifying into venture capital
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    Minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund
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    There will be time for open questions and discussion during the call

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

About your presenters

Rob Adams
Rob Adams

Managing Partner, Congress Avenue Ventures

Rob is a former entrepreneur, institutional fund manager, and software executive. He has served on many corporate boards and has founded or financed more than 40 companies, raising capital in both public and private markets. He is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. Most recently, Rob was on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught entrepreneurship in the MBA program and was the Founder and Director of Texas Venture Labs. He was CEO and Founder of Business Matters, a venture-backed developer of financial modeling products that was acquired. He was also an executive with Pervasive Software, a company he helped take public. Rob holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue, an MBA from Babson’s Olin School of Management, and a PhD in Management from Capella University.

Brook Stroud
Brook Stroud

Principal, Congress Avenue Ventures

Brook is a member of the Congress Avenue Ventures investment team with experience in operating and private investing. He began his career as an entrepreneur and is the former founder of two acquired consumer startups. Prior to joining Congress Avenue Ventures, Brook worked for Brand Foundry Ventures where his primary focus was early-stage investing, due diligence, and working with portfolio company founders. He is an active startup investor and brings to Congress Ave his passion for entrepreneurship, business strategy, and investing in bold founders disrupting categories with better products and technology. Prior to venture, he worked for financial technology startup Funding Circle preIPO. He has a BA in History cum laude from the University of Richmond and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from McCombs.

Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney

Venture Analyst

Patrick is a Research Associate at Harvard Business School where he has worked for the last year and half on research primarily about venture capital, private equity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity. He has worked on a wide array of different projects including co-authoring case studies to quantifying the investment success rates of entrepreneurs who become venture capitalist to determine if they are more successful VCs. Prior to HBS, he worked as an Energy Derivatives Analyst where he sold and traded oil & gas derivatives. Patrick has a B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Financial Economics from Texas A&M University.

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