Team & Governance

Meet Our Team

What They Do


Venture Grade associates are trained rigorously through a stimulating Venture Capital course at Saint Mary's prior to being accepted into the fund. Associates immerse themselves in fundraising, due diligence, investing, and many other fund-related activities.


Student associates are mentored by a collection of international industry professionals including: venture capitalists, business angels, professors, lawyers, accountants, other private equity specialists, and fund sponsors. ​

Collegial Partners

Collegial Partners are business angels and venture capitalists who introduce student associates to investment opportunities and advise them on the requirements of due diligence.  Collegial Partners engage student associates to conduct due diligence, and can invite student associates to invest alongside their own investment.

Oversight Committee

The Governance Committee oversees the regular and ongoing activities of the student associates in Venture Grade.  Students must have the approval of the Governance Committee to conduct an investment.  Students have a fiduciary responsibility to the fund, its future development, and to the future consideration of students yet to come.  The Governance Committee is composed of:  Ellen Farrell, PhD; Patrick Fitzgerald, Cox and Palmer; and Andrew Ray, Innovacorp.