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Venture Corp Dev
Zach has had diverse investment experience helping produce growth: Private wealth management advising (lead analyst for a team with $250 Million assets under management) Senior Director of Ohio Tech Angel Fund, raising their 4th, and largest, fund Investor and entrepreneur strategic finance consulting as principal at Venture Corp Dev Board member of Venture and Social Enterprise organizations
Zach Lawrence has had diverse investment experience helping produce growth:
Private wealth management advising (lead analyst for a team with $250 Million assets under management)
Senior Director of Ohio Tech Angel Fund, raising their 4th, and largest, fund
Investor and entrepreneur strategic finance consulting as principal at Venture Corp Dev
Founder and board member of Venture and Social Enterprise organizations
Ohio Tech Angels Fund is a top angel fund in the US, and is investing its 5th fund. Over 340 angels have participated, leading Crunchbase to call it the largest angel group in the US.
They make direct initial investments of up to $500K in high-growth companies in specific technology fields. Members of the fund also can make additional "sidecar" investments in companies they especially like. The funds OTAF puts in are followed by others to fund seed and early stage raises of $750K to $2.5MM.
Its success is built on a disciplined and professional due diligence process, as well as rigorous evaluation of capital access plans and exit roadmaps. This discipline has helped them attract follow-on investment from VCs, which is often a challenge in Ohio. The fund had leveraged $31 Million in direct and "sidecar" investments and is launching its fifth fund.
Zach has also been an important contributor to the overall development of the Columbus and Ohio startup ecosystems. Among his contributions, he was a founder of Venture Ohio, an organization which is a driving force helping mature venture investing in the state, and get Ohio on the map. http://www.ventureohio.org/
See their Venture Report from 2015 here http://www.ventureohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2015VentureReport_SmallSize.pdf
Zach Lawrence, CFA, Bio
Zach is principal at Venture Corp Dev LLC (http://www.venturecorpdev.com) , where he works with managers,investors, and Boards of Directors of privately held high-growth companies on critical-stage finance and strategy issues. He also provides investor services such as buy-side due diligence and valuation.
He is a fiduciary Board of Directors member for a leading solar photovoltaic equipment maker andserves as a board observer or advisor for several Venture Capital and Angel backed software companies. He is a contract Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for TechGROWTH Ohio, providing in-depth advising and mentoring.
Zach co-wrote, with OTAF Founder John Huston, the “Strategic Value Plan Methodology”, which is a data-driven targeted strategic planning process to increase a company’s strategic value and help founders and their BOD members work together more effectively on capital access and exit planning.
In addition to commercial investing work Zach is on the board of the Center for Social Enterprise Development/Community Investment Network of Ohio
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