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Jonathan Meltzer aims to support both the global and local Penn ecosystems
December 5, 2019

As Principal at Chestnut Street Ventures, Jonathan is responsible for sourcing, conducting due diligence on, and executing venture capital investments. He previously spent 12 years investing in private companies at two single-family offices and at American Capital. Jonathan began his career as an investment banker as an analyst at Wasserstein Perella and subsequently joined Goldman […]

Entrepreneur in the Spotlight: FUTURE/PROOF Co-Founder and COO Aimy Steadman
December 5, 2019

The alcohol market is experiencing a sharp increase in demand for single-service packaged wine, hard seltzers, and high ABV flavored beverages. FUTURE/PROOF (formerly known as BeatBox Beverages) is tackling all three of these product lines. They debuted with BeatBox Party Punch and have expanded into the hard seltzer and convenience wine categories with the launch […]

Entrepreneur in the Spotlight: Rhone Co-Founder and CEO Nate Checketts
December 5, 2019

Rhone is a premium performance lifestyle brand developed specifically for men. CEO and Co-Founder Nate Checketts felt that men’s activewear was an afterthought, and the quality and fit of men’s apparel was not being properly addressed. With Rhone, Nate and his team have designed a full collection of apparel that addresses every aspect of an […]

AVG Exits JUMP Bikes: A 3x Return After Just Two Years
November 14, 2019

Originally founded in 2010 as Social Bicycles, JUMP Bikes has been a leading innovator in the bike-share market. Their business model reimagines the future of city transportation. The JUMP Bikes opportunity checked a lot of boxes for us. We saw a world-class management team, a large and growing bike-share market, demonstrated traction, a top co-investor, […]

A Q&A With Nathan Graber-Lipperman
October 31, 2019

At AVG, we believe the world needs more creators and innovators, rather than lawyers or investment bankers. It’s the reason we launched the 10,000 Entrepreneurs (10KE) program, which enables college students to pursue their entrepreneurial passions by giving them stipends for summer work at a fast-growing company or their own startup.  Nathan Graber-Lipperman (NU ‘21) […]

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