Amplifier’s investors include a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs. Their backgrounds in diverse technologies and markets are available on an ad hoc basis to assist Amplifier and its portfolio companies. Our investors have expertise in software, security, healthcare delivery, medical devices, biotechnology, business services, professional services and other technologies and are in many cases known leaders in their areas of interest. The collective experience of our network is a strong differentiator in our ability to mentor portfolio companies and introduce portfolio companies to strategic partners and customers.
Strategic Venture Capital Relationships
Amplifier has close strategic relationships with a number of top quality venture capital funds, some of whom are represented on our Board of Advisors. We receive from our allied venture capital funds referrals to opportunities that satisfy our investment criteria, access to technical and business expertise as well as venture investing processes, networks and infrastructure support. And, through these relationships we are able to provide access to further capital for our portfolio companies.
Amplifier has close relationships with leading regional universities and technology producers as well as strategic relationships with organizations that can assist our portfolio companies with their go to market and commercialization plans. Through these relationships Amplifier receives referrals and gains access to technical expertise. These partners include:
FounderCorps is an entrepreneur-led not for profit corporation that is focused on the mentorship and development of technology entrepreneurs in the Greater Washington Region. It’s members include many of the best known technology entrepreneurs in the region. It regularly provides mentorship and expertise to company creation and business planning efforts, and is an active partner with George Mason University, Georgetown, George Washington University, University of Maryland and other local groups. Jonathan Aberman is the President of FounderCorps.
Mason Enterprise Initiative
The Mason Enterprise Initiative is an integrated approach to technology commercialization. Through a tight integration between intellectual property creation and experienced entrepreneurs, the MEI is working to create new technology companies. Over the last six months the MEI has helped launch a number of promising technology and life science startups, with unique intellectual property characteristics. The MEI also formulated TechStorm, a unique technology matching event held in June 2011. Jonathan Aberman is the Managing Director of the MEI.
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park operates number of market leading programs to promote technology company creation, including the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Technology Advancement Program. These programs have resulted in the creation of many technology startups in the Greater Washington Region. Jonathan Aberman is an advisor to each of these programs.