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 4-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 is the most recent addition to Dundee Venture Capital. He 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, adding Greg to the team was a no-brainer. He joined the team full-time in July of 2014 and manages several of our latest investments, in addition to overseeing DVC’s AngelList syndicate and helping our whole portfolio track the right metrics. 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 holds multiple Bachelors of Science degrees from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Business Administration, Financial Analysis and Economics and is a member of both Sigma Phi Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs. Greg 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.

Andrea began her accounting career working in large banks. It is her tenacity and desire to implement change without cutting through bureaucratic red tape  that make her the perfect partner to the start-up world.

Andrea’s invaluable strengths lie in operations and financial forecasting, which help young businesses function at their most efficient and effective levels. Her passion lies in helping driven, creative types understand and utilize financial information to run – and ultimately grow – their businesses.

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