Alumni Ventures

Your Venture Capital Partner

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#1

#1

most active US venture investor (Pitchbook 2020)

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800+

portfolio companies

$800M<sup>+</sup>

$800M+

total capital raised

7,000<sup>+</sup>

7,000+

investors


A Venture Fund for Every Objective

Alumni Funds

Invest with and in fellow alumni

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    Portfolios of ~20-30 investments diversified across sector, stage, geography, and lead investor

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    Invest, network, and learn with classmates

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    Includes membership in fund Venture Club and access to Syndications

$50K minimum

Total Access Fund

Exposure to every new AV deal

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    Portfolio of ~50-75 investments per quarter; diversified by stage, sector, geography, and lead investor

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    Invest in up to four quarters at a time

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    Every investment sourced and sponsored by our 20+ full-time venture investing teams

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    Includes membership in fund Venture Club and access to Syndications

$50K minimum

Focused Funds

Thematic investment strategies

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    Portfolio of ~20-30 diversified investments

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    Available Focused Funds include:

    • AI Fund
    • Blockchain Fund
    • Deep Tech Fund
    • Global Fund
    • Growth Fund
    • Healthtech Fund
    • Impact Fund
    • Seed Fund
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    Includes membership in fund Venture Club and access to Syndications

$25K minimum


What We Can Do for You

Alumni Ventures creates and offers diversified and personalized venture portfolios. We invest alongside other established venture capital firms. You decide your funds, investment amount, and level of engagement.

Decide the right allocation for you.
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    We believe a venture portfolio should be considered in every sophisticated portfolio.
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    Diversifying your portfolio can reduce risk and increase rewards.
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    Determine your personal asset allocation strategy.
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This chart provides a simplified risk-reward and is provided for illustration purposes only. Asset classes are often viewed along a risk-reward continuum with cash having lower risk, lower reward and venture capital having higher risk, higher reward. Venture capital is an illiquid investment with the potential to lose money, including all capital invested. This information is educational only. Please consult your professional advisor with respect to your individual investment portfolio.


Investor & Entrepreneur Testimonials

Real quotes from real community members.

As an investor in Chestnut Street Ventures, I have had the opportunity to participate in some exciting early stage companies led by Penn Alums. The co-investors have included a group of elite venture capital funds that I would not have had access to as an individual investor.
Carol Curley
Chestnut Street Ventures Investor
Alumni Ventures has found an ingenious way to give power to you as an investor by bringing you the best quality deals, a seamless investor journey and a vibrant network. It’s incredible to be a part of the next generation of venture investing that is fueled by this passionate community of investors and dedicated staff.
Ramon Juraboev
Yard Ventures Investor
Investing with Bascom Ventures and Alumni Ventures has allowed me to add a strong portfolio of early stage investments and support fellow Badgers. The fund process makes it easy to get into deals that I would not have access to, nor the time to evaluate all of them.
Gretchen Gilbertson
Bascom Ventures Investor
I always assumed that investing in venture capital would be out of reach for me. Waterman offered a feasible opportunity to invest alongside people way smarter than me and diversify outside of the volatile public markets.
Jesse Bull
Waterman Ventures Investor
We invested in Green D Ventures because we were looking to diversify our portfolio and felt confident that Green D would allow access to quality investment opportunities. While we were initially attracted by the connection to Dartmouth, we ultimately chose to invest because of the varied investments, access to an extensive community of entrepreneurs, and impressive management team.
Marty Blue
Green D Ventures Investor
Through Alumni Ventures, Castor Ventures is an amazing opportunity for MIT grads to get exposure to the venture world, and specifically to MIT-helmed startups. This has been a great experience for me and also can be for other MIT grads.
William Chuang
Castor Ventures Investor
I am very pleased to have Nassau Street and Alumni Ventures supporting Princeton alumni founders. Tom Meyer is actively engaging with Princeton’s alumni – offering advice, connections and funding. He is an example of why the Princeton entrepreneurship ecosystem is blooming.
Anne-Marie Maman
Nassau Street Ventures Investor
As an investor in Chestnut Street Ventures, I have had the opportunity to participate in some exciting early stage companies led by Penn Alums. The co-investors have included a group of elite venture capital funds that I would not have had access to as an individual investor.
Carol Curley
Chestnut Street Ventures Investor
Alumni Ventures has found an ingenious way to give power to you as an investor by bringing you the best quality deals, a seamless investor journey and a vibrant network. It’s incredible to be a part of the next generation of venture investing that is fueled by this passionate community of investors and dedicated staff.
Ramon Juraboev
Yard Ventures Investor

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Investment Strategy

We believe in diversification, investing alongside established lead investors, and running a disciplined and rigorous process.

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    Our network helps us source, vet, and access great venture deals.

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    Our 20+ distinct investment teams work to win allocation into the most competitive venture deals.

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    Our rigorous and disciplined processes provide our investors with smart, simple venture capital portfolios.


Get to Know Us

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    Human

    Yes, we are a bit nerdy and love thinking about the future. But we are also relatable “I’d have a beer with them” people who are happy to answer questions or just chat.
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    Experienced

    Our team has hundreds of years combined in accessing promising venture deals.
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    Transparent

    We’ll be open and honest with you. At the bottom of this page are 7 very good questions we are asked a lot.

Personalize Your Experience

Invest and Observe

I want to invest and get back to life.

Customize and Engage

I want to personalize my venture portfolio and experience.


Our Secret Sauce

Alumni Ventures is a network-powered VC firm. Our community is our source of capital, expertise, and how we add value to our portfolio companies.

  • Our network
  • Our flywheels
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    7,000+ investors organized in alumni communities
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    800+ founders of our portfolio companies
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    600,000+ community members
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    150+ full-time employees working on your behalf

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ
  • There are many reasons to consider venture capital. Here are five that make a strong argument.

    Returns: Venture capital is an asset class that has outperformed the S&P over many periods.(1)

    Portfolio diversification: Since VC returns aren’t completely correlated to the stock market, a venture portfolio is a way to diversify your overall portfolio.(2)  AV offers venture portfolios diversified by sector, stage, region, and lead investors.

    Staying private longer: Many ventures are staying private longer. When they do go public, they already have significant value creation behind them. (3)

    Impact: Many of the companies our funds invest in are tackling society’s toughest challenges in health, energy, finance, transportation, and more. Investing in VC is fundamentally an optimistic statement that the future can be better.

    Learning: Most of our investors are naturally curious people, looking to learn and understand what is new and what is next.

    (1) Cambridge Associates, Venture Capital Benchmarks, March 31, 2019, (2) The Inverse Correlation Between Venture and Public Markets, March 2016, (3) Forbes, “Why more businesses are choosing to stay private,” February 26, 2020.

  • Broad and diversified venture portfolios with community: Most venture investors to date have been institutions who could commit millions per venture firm and have the resources to invest in multiple venture firms. In contrast, AV provides accredited investors a large, diversified venture portfolio for just $25K – $50k per fund.

    Deal access and flow: We offer investors access to a portfolio of highly competitive deals invested alongside other established venture firms. Our investment activity consistently puts us among the most active VCs in the world according to PitchBook.(4)

    Risk management through large, diversified portfolios: Our Alumni and Total Access Funds provide diversification across stage, sector, geography, and lead investor. In addition, given venture’s power law characteristics (a few huge winners offset losers), larger venture portfolios can reduce risk of loss while having an attractive upside compared to smaller venture portfolios.(5) Compare this to individuals who do an occasional one-off deal. For them, the likelihood of a substantial or complete loss of capital increases significantly.

    Co-investing strategy: We invest alongside VCs with sector and/or stage expertise who lead the round and negotiate terms. Accessing promising venture deals is what our 20+ full-time investment teams are committed to delivering for you.

    Community: AV leverages a network of 600,000+ subscribers and community members to source capital and deals, conduct due diligence, and assist portfolio companies. Our community grows daily, and our new Venture Clubs take our commitment to investor engagement, education, and network sourcing even further.

    (4) PitchBook 2020 Annual Global League Tables, February 18, 2021. (5) Steven Crossan, “Modelling Suggests Rational Venture Investors Should Have Bigger Portfolios,” April 11, 2018.

  • We have 50+ investment professionals across AV’s family of funds and our Office of Investing. Our OOI helps source, evaluate, and coordinate deals. Most of our actively managed funds also have their own Investment Committee, consisting of experienced investors and business executives.

    Our Alumni Funds are managed by a team of 2-4 full-time investment professionals per fund with strong investing and entrepreneurial experience. Our investment decision making is process-based, and the ultimate decision is based on the analysis and rating of a collective vote of the sponsor fund, sponsor fund’s Investment Committee, and the AV Investment Committee.

    Our Total Access Fund and Focused Funds are managed by AV’s Office of Investing, with portfolios created from deals sourced and invested in by our Alumni Funds, as well as our dedicated Focused Fund investment team.

  • Our funds are only open to accredited investors. The SEC defines an accredited investor as someone who (a) has earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year, OR (b) has a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence), OR (c) holds certain professional designations in good standing approved by the SEC. Further details are available here.

  • Our Alumni Funds have a minimum of $50,000.

    Our Total Access Fund has a minimum of $50,000.

    Our Focused Funds have a minimum of $25,000.

    Syndication opportunities, available only to existing investors, typically have a minimum of $10,000 – $25,000.