We believe in entrepreneurs with a great pitch, a strong vision and the tenacity to achieve their dreams. Our experience and perspective from both sides of the startup desk mean we can offer the capital and the knowledge you need to succeed.

In a nutshell, we learned by doing. We’ve been there. We’ve done it. We want to help you do it too.

Meet the Team

Mark is an entrepreneur to the core. After selling colorful moccasins to college girls, popcorn to grocers, being an investment banker, and cofounding GiftCertificates.com, he cofounded Hayneedle Inc. – an online home product retailer based right here in Omaha.

While Hayneedle’s growth was swift, it still needed cash to scale. Venture capital firms across the country were calling Mark, but he couldn’t get a dime of risk capital in the Midwest. Luckily, a roadshow in California gave Hayneedle the exposure Mark needed to secure funding from two of the country’s top VCs, Sequoia Capital and Insight Venture Partners.

Mark knew of other rapidly growing businesses in the Midwest with incredibly talented founders. They were succeeding, but had no investment capital to fund further growth. And, as the costs of startup technology companies continued to decline, he couldn’t sit and watch from the sidelines.

So in 2010 Mark founded Dundee Venture Capital to invest in companies at the earliest stages and to mentor startups as they ramp up their growth. Mark and his team have two funds in excess of $20 million. Mark will have you know that he is the 5-time defending Manager of the Year in the Beer & Pretzel Hockey League (it’s serious business).

Beth is one of Dundee Venture Capital’s most valuable investments. Her diverse experience, which includes teaching spirited middle schoolers, working at every level of three startups and a successful stint at the FBI, allows her to blend problem-solving abilities with essential people skills – qualities rarely possessed by the same person.

Beth was the twelfth employee at Hayneedle, Inc. It was there that Beth learned how to grow and build a company. Following a move to the East Coast, where she received an MBA from Georgetown and worked for the FBI, she returned to Omaha to be DVC’s first partner and its principal portfolio manager.

She’s a whiz at forecasting the macro environment of a start-up and a dynamo at helping companies measure and manage their businesses while steering them towards success. Her unique perspective is integral in helping young startups through their growing pains and on to becoming promising enterprises.

Beth is also a cofounder of Interface: The Web School and an investor and mentor for Straight Shot, Omaha’s first startup accelerator. Beth loves the startup flexibility coming from the FBI and has four kids whose favorite lullaby is the Notre Dame alma mater song.

Greg joined Dundee in 2013 and now leads our team’s efforts in Minneapolis. Greg first spent a year as an intern with Dundee VC, analyzing potential investments, revamping investor reports and creating a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) tracking system for investors.

After graduation, Greg joined the team full-time in July of 2014 and manages recent investments including ABODO, Viirt, Real Vision and Fooji. Greg knows well how to help startups navigate from the seed stage to Series A funding and beyond, and is instrumental in communicating with our own investors. Greg also created and oversaw DVC’s 2015-2016 AngelList syndicate.

Greg holds Bachelors of Science in Business Administration degrees from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Financial Analysis and Economics. He is an avid traveler and hopes to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro by 2020, which he acknowledges is probably easier than building and scaling high-growth tech companies.

David Mann has over 15 years of varied investment, operations and legal experience, and joins Dundee Venture Capital as part of Lakewest’s investment in the Fund. David’s primary role with DVC is to identify and execute investment opportunities in Chicago and give Fund portfolio companies additional exposure to follow-on investment capital, as well as to expand DVC’s presence in the broader Great Lakes region.

Through his role at Lakewest, David formed an extensive network of start-up entrepreneurs and other participants in the start-up and venture capital world, especially in Chicago, proving to be extremely valuable to Dundee VC.

David also brings to the table his experience in day-to-day company operations and strategic planning efforts for parking services management company, operations management at an apparel manufacturing company and establishment and continuing oversight of ongoing venture capital, alternative investment and private equity investment strategies.

David graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1997 with an AB degree in Government, and went on to earn his JD degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2002. David was a corporate attorney with Katten Muchin Rosenman from 2002 to 2004.

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