Meet the Purple Arch Ventures Team
Join us for a live, 30-minute webinar to learn about Purple Arch Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ Northwestern-focused venture capital fund, and meet the investment team responsible for building the portfolio. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about their approach to investing in private-stage companies.
During this session, we will discuss:
- HomeThe goal and structure of the fund
- HomeThe team and management behind the fund
- HomeThe Purple Arch Ventures and Alumni Ventures approach to investing
- HomeExamples of current portfolio companies
- HomeThe benefits of investing in venture capital
- HomeOpen Q&A
Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures.
About your presenters
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.
Principal, Purple Arch
Lucas brings an operator’s perspective to Venture Capital, having led teams at fast-growing startups in digital health, proptech, and retail. Most recently, he led BizOps at LetsGetChecked, an at-home lab diagnostics company that helps people detect conditions early and live longer lives. Lucas earned his MBA from Kellogg, where he focused on entrepreneurship and venture. During that time, he founded a marketplace for esports viewing events called FanHome, culminating in a first-place victory in The Garage’s summer accelerator demo day. Complementing that experience, Lucas worked part-time while in business school as an investment associate at MATH Venture Partners, where he focused on evaluating early-stage SaaS investments and developed a passion for venture. Prior to business school, Lucas cut his teeth in investment banking at KeyBanc Capital Markets, as well as on the strategy team at Trunk Club. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Senior Associate, Purple Arch Ventures
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.
Analyst, Purple Arch Ventures
Suyash’s interest in venture capital was sparked on the other side of the table as a founder. Driven by his passion for sustainability and social impact, he co-founded a food-tech social enterprise that converts surplus bread into craft beer during his time at HKUST. As a key member of the team, he spearheaded funding activities, raising over $1,000,000 and generating $100,000+ in sales. Realizing his passion for the VC space, Suyash pursued a dual master’s degree in Economics and Policy at Northwestern University to further develop his entrepreneurial capabilities in a new market. In addition, he also worked with a late-stage Software as a Service startup, contributing to the development of their revenue model and go-to-market strategy. With his experience and passion in both early stage and late stage startups, he is eager to help startups address some of the world’s most pressing problems.