Purple Arch Ventures

Network-powered venture capital with fellow Northwestern alums.

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    A community of Northwestern alumni investors, entrepreneurs, and friends
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    Raises and invests a new fund every year
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    Investors gain membership to the fund’s Venture Club, with exclusive engagement, learning, and networking opportunities
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    Notable investments: Sondermind, Axiom Space, Dataminr

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29K<sup>+</sup>

29K+

community members

Fund 5

Fund 5

currently investing

750<sup>+</sup>

750+

alumni investors

100<sup>+</sup>

100+

portfolio companies


Purple Arch provides opportunities to invest in rounds that would be difficult to access and offers a seamless diligence and investment process.
Andrea Jackson
Purple Arch Ventures Investor
From the start, Purple Arch Ventures was thoughtful and easy to work with, achieving the delicate balance of in-depth diligence and respect for a small startup team’s time. It has been a great partnership throughout our growth journey.
Mark Frank
CEO & Co-Founder, Sondermind
Willow Innovations was thrilled to partner with Purple Arch Ventures on our latest round of funding. The investing team brought tremendous insight, passion, diligence and understanding to the process, and helped us creatively tap into the broader alumni community.
Laura Chambers
CEO, Willow Innovations
PartySlate
I can’t speak more highly of Purple Arch Ventures' seamless process. This is what follow-on investment should be like. It was the right mix of quality due diligence and speed. They asked all the right questions, talked to the right people, and we got the whole deal done in weeks. It was amazing.
Julie Roth Novack
Co-Founder and COO, PartySlate
I have been involved investing in entrepreneurial endeavors for 16 years, and have been very impressed with the effectiveness of the processes at Purple Arch. Plus, they’re just good people to deal with, both personally and professionally.
Mary Jo Potter
Purple Arch Ventures Investor
I’ve been very impressed by my experience investing with Purple Arch Ventures. I highly recommend this fund as a professional way to diversify your investment portfolio with venture-backed companies.
Kristin McDonnell
Purple Arch Ventures Investor
Purple Arch provides opportunities to invest in rounds that would be difficult to access and offers a seamless diligence and investment process.
Andrea Jackson
Purple Arch Ventures Investor
From the start, Purple Arch Ventures was thoughtful and easy to work with, achieving the delicate balance of in-depth diligence and respect for a small startup team’s time. It has been a great partnership throughout our growth journey.
Mark Frank
CEO & Co-Founder, Sondermind

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