About | Fitz Gate Ventures

What is Fitz Gate Ventures?

  • Fitz Gate Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm with offices in Princeton, NJ and Menlo Park, CA that invests in startups in which a Princetonian is either a founder or a member of the senior management team
  • Fitz Gate has relationships on the Princeton campus as well as with loyal alumni nationwide. Through its “Friends of Fitz” network of Princeton professors, administrators, students and alumni, Fitz Gate Ventures has early access to a wide range of investment opportunities
  • The Fund’s strategy of leveraging its Friends of Fitz and the broader Princeton network for deal sourcing, deal vetting, follow-on financing and mentorship of its portfolio company founders and management is unique, even among other university focused funds
  • The Fund’s principals are connected to the University, its students and alumni through current and past alumni leadership positions

Investment Thesis

  • Invest primarily in startups in which a Princetonian is either a founder or a member of the senior management team
  • Early stage focus
  • Typical investment size of $250K plus follow-on investments
  • Potential for outsized returns
  • Rapidly growing market
  • Business can be understood and its growth strategy clearly communicated
  • Business model is scalable
  • All industry sectors
  • Sustainable advantage exists (people, customers, IP)
  • Diverse exit opportunities
  • US focus
  • Will co-invest with other angel investors and VCs but also willing to be lead or sole initial investor

Management

  • Jim Cohen

    Jim is an experienced public company officer and director with a background in investment banking, corporate law, private equity and M&A/strategy. Jim’s career has been focused on making investments in growing businesses.

     

    • Head of M&A/Corp Dev at NYSE public company
    • Partner and member of Investment Committee of private equity firm, Main Street Capital (NYSE: MAIN)
    • Attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (NYC, London) and Baker Botts (Houston)
    • Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley (NYC)
    • A.B., cum laude Princeton University 1986; Honor Committee; Class President
    • JD, NYU School of Law
    • Member, Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University, the governing body of the University’s alumni association (2015-present)
    • Vice Chair, Stewardship Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University (2017-present)
    • Vice Chair, Princeton Schools Committee, a committee which oversees over 12,000 alumni worldwide to interview applicants to the University (2015-2017)
    • Co-Chair, Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee, Houston region, a committee of approximately 2oo alumni (2007-2017)
    • Reach Jim directly at jim@fitzgate.com
  • Mark Poag

    As a successful software entrepreneur that helped lead a company from start-up, through rapid growth, market dominance and ultimate strategic sale, Mark has first-hand experience of what it takes to start, grow and sell a successful business.                                                                                                                              

    • Head of Product, Marketing, Legal and Alliances at Datacert, Inc., an enterprise software company (sold 2014)
    • Founder and CEO of Digicontract, Inc., a SaaS company (sold 2001)
    • A.B., Princeton University 1993
    • MBA, Tulane University
    • JD, Tulane School of Law
    • Co-Chair, Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee, Houston region, a committee of approximately 200 alumni (2007-present)
    • President of Princeton Class of 1993 (1993-1998)
    • President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Houston (2002-2008)
    • Member, Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University, the governing body of the University’s alumni association (2004-2008)
    • Vice Chair, Committee on Regional Associations of the Alumni Council of Princeton University (2004-5)
    • Reach Mark directly at mark@fitzgate.com
While Princeton University is a potential beneficiary of the Fund's activities, it has no legal affiliation with Fitz Gate Ventures, FitzRandolph Gateway Management, LLC or its principals
 
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