Venture Funds

“The Golden Seeds Venture Fund helps early stage founders with gender-diverse management teams accelerate enterprise growth.”

Deb Kemper 

Golden Seeds Venture Fund

Golden Seeds Venture Fund (GSVF) has a unique and symbiotic relationship with the Golden Seeds Angel Network. This relationship allows the independently managed Venture Fund to access the entrepreneur funding applications that come to Golden Seeds.  In addition, GSVF leverages the Managing Partners’ professional networks, including referrals from other entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, and syndicate partners.

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Managing Partners

Investment Criteria

GSVF invests in early and revenue growth stage companies with the following criteria:

  • Gender Diversity: At least one woman in the C-suite with an executive operating position and appropriate equity
  • Company Characteristics: exemplary management team, differentiated solution to a known pain point with significant competitive advantages, addressable market exceeding $500,000,000, and capital efficient business model
  • Primary Industry Focus: B2B Technology & Services, Healthcare

The 2011 Funds

Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP and Golden Seeds Innovate NY LP Fund, “the 2011 Funds”, are early and growth stage venture funds based on the successful model developed at Golden Seeds. The 2011 Funds have $31.4 million in committed capital and has invested in 30 companies. The 2011 Funds are closed to new investment.

Kathryn Swintek, Managing Partner

  • Lead investor in SaaS and medical device companies for Golden Seeds
  • Board member of Open Road Integrated Media and Oculogica for Golden Seeds
  • 20 years investment experience with stakes held in 35 companies across internet technologies, life sciences and digital media.
  • Former Managing Director BNP Paribas executive management in Leveraged Finance, Global High Yield and Structured Finance
  • BA Economics, College of Mt. St. Vincent
  • MBA Finance, NYU Stern School of Business

Joan Zief, Managing Partner

  • Active investor in early stage high growth companies on behalf of Golden Seeds since 2008
  • Board member of Kalion, Inc. for Golden Seeds
  • Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • 40 year career in equity research analysis with focus in insurance and financial institutions
  • Earned high rank on the All American Research Team for ten years
  • BA Economics, Smith College
  • MBA, NYU Stern School of Business

Peggy Wallace, Managing Partner

  • 15+ years early stage investing experience with focus on software, hardware, consumer goods, life sciences and internet technologies
  • Board member of Cognition Therapeutics for Golden Seeds; Board observer Paradigm 4 and Cadenza Innovation. Has served on numerous early stage boards
  • Previously at J.P. Morgan/Chase, specializing in structured finance, risk management and financial services
  • BA, George Washington University

Jo Ann Corkran, Managing Partner

  • Board Member, Brandwatch, Work Truck Solutions
  • 10+ years early stage experience
  • Former Managing Director Credit Suisse Asset Management
  • BS in Mathematics, NYU, Fellow, Society of Actuaries (Lapsed)

Tim O’Neill, Managing Partner

  • Early stage companies investor with focus in technology, life sciences, media and consumer fields
  • Director, CSI Enterprises, a tech services company
  • BA History, Colgate University
  • MBA in Finance and Marketing, Columbia University

The 2008 Sidecar Fund

Golden Seeds Fund LP is a 2008 sidecar fund that invested in parallel with members of the Golden Seeds’ angel network. The sidecar fund is closed to new investment and has invested in 16 companies.

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