An Introduction to Purple Arch Ventures

Tuesday, May 18th, 2:00 PM EST

Watch our live, 45-minute presentation about Purple Arch Ventures, Alumni Venture’s fund for Northwestern alumni and friends of the community. The discussion is hosted by Purple Arch Ventures Managing Partner David Beazley and Principals Erik Hammer and Jasmi Shah and is open to all alumni and friends of Northwestern University.

During the session, the Purple Arch team will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The value of the Alumni Venture’s model
  • Some examples of current portfolio companies
  • The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
  • The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund
  • There will be time for open questions during the call

* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital.



About Your Presenters

David Beazley, Managing Partner - Purple Arch Ventures

David Beazley, Managing Partner - Purple Arch Ventures

David has played a leading role in many aspects of the VC investment cycle: structuring transactions as a fundless sponsor, improving operations as a consultant, leading management teams as a CEO, evaluating opportunities as an investor and advisor, and selling companies as a licensed business broker. Previously, he founded Synergy Financial, a private capital and consulting firm for entrepreneurs, PE professionals, and family offices. He started his investment career as a professional advisor managing millions in assets. David has an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern and played for the two-time Big Ten Championship Northwestern Wildcats Football Team. He serves on the NUvention and Kellogg Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Boards.

Erik Hammer, Principal - Purple Arch Ventures

Erik Hammer, Principal - Purple Arch Ventures

Erik has worked with both traditional venture investors and corporate venture teams during his career. He has deep experience evaluating opportunities, structuring investments and advising management on value creation. Previously, he helped build the strategy and make investments for the PGA TOUR’s corporate ventures group. Erik began his career with Deloitte Consulting where he focused on corporate strategy and M&A engagements. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors. He has an MBA in Finance from Kellogg.

Jasmi Shah, Principal - Purple Arch Ventures

Jasmi Shah, Principal - Purple Arch Ventures

Jasmi’s career has covered several stages of the investment lifecycle. Previously, she worked at Healthios, an advisory firm focused on growth equity and venture capital backed companies. Earlier, she worked for Sterling Partners, serving as an Operating Executive within their healthcare portfolio. Jasmi has also held positions at The Carlyle Group, The MasterCard Foundation, and Deloitte Consulting. She began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Jasmi holds a BBA (Honors) from Schulich School of Business, York University, and a MBA (Dean’s List) from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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