An Introduction to Castor Ventures

Thursday, October 14th, 1:30 PM EST


Watch an on-demand, 35-minute presentation about Castor Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ MIT-focused venture capital fund. The discussion is led by Castor Ventures’ Managing Partner Chris Sklarin, Partner Cainon Coates, and Senior Principal Isaac Schlect. This webinar is open to all alumni and friends of MIT. The webinar recording does not feature our live Q&A, please make sure to join webinars live to participate in the discussion. 

During the session, we will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The value of the Alumni Ventures’ model
  • Some examples of current portfolio companies
  • The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
  • The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund

* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital



Meet Your Presenters

Chris Sklarin | Managing Partner | Castor Ventures

Chris Sklarin | Managing Partner | Castor Ventures

Chris has 20+ years of experience in tech investing, product development, and sales engineering. He has invested over $80 million in companies from seed to growth stage. Most recently, he was Vice President at Edison Partners, where he focused on investments for Enterprise 2.0 and mobile. Previously, Chris was a Director of Business Development with biomedical venture accelerator BioEnterprise and Director of Business Development with Chrysalis Ventures. Earlier, at JumpStart, a nationally recognized venture development organization, he sourced and executed seed investments. Chris has an SB EE from MIT (’88) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Cainon Coates | Partner | Castor Ventures

Cainon Coates | Partner | Castor Ventures

For the past 15 years, Cainon has worked with startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Prior to Castor, Cainon helped co-found five companies: Viafy, Human Design Medical (merged with Breas Medical of General Electric [NYSE:GE]), Triangle Research Labs (acquired by Lonza [SIX:LONN]), Revive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Concordia Healthcare [TOR:CRX]), and University Laundry (acquired by a national operator, then Proctor & Gamble’s Tide [NYSE: PG]). Previously, he was an investor at PBM, a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm. Cainon also worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Goldman Sachs, and NASA. He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.

Isaac Schlecht | Senior Principal | Castor Ventures

Isaac Schlecht | Senior Principal | Castor Ventures

Isaac is an experienced investor and analyst, leading research, sourcing deals, and coordinating diligence for venture and growth equity firms. Prior to joining Castor, he was an Investment Consultant to Tiger Global Management and founded Buttonwood Gaming, developing a digital economic simulation game with collaborators at MIT and worldwide. Earlier, Isaac served as Senior Analyst, Business and Research at Catalyst Investors, and an Associate at Samson Capital Advisors (now Fiera Capital). Isaac has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, an AB from Brown University in Economics and Political Theory, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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