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TOP PERFORMING VENTURE CAPITAL AND GROWTH EQUITY FUND OF FUNDS


Accolade seeks to bring thoughtful portfolio construction and independent thinking to venture investing.

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TOP PERFORMING VENTURE CAPITAL AND GROWTH EQUITY FUND OF FUNDS


Accolade seeks to bring thoughtful portfolio construction and independent thinking to venture investing.

About us

ACCOLADE PARTNERS IS A VENTURE CAPITAL AND GROWTH EQUITY FUND OF FUNDS FOCUSED ON DELIVERING SUPERIOR RETURNS THROUGH A CONCENTRATED PORTFOLIO OF HARD TO ACCESS FUNDs.  ACcolade has the following investment Philosophy:

  • Focus on early stage venture capital and growth equity investments in technology and healthcare
  • Raise modest size funds to avoid dilution of returns from second tier managers
  • Concentrate capital allocations with difficult to access top-tier managers
  • Structure fund to provide limited partners with early liquidity in three to five years
  • Mitigate risk through thoughtful portfolio construction and diversify funds across industry, stage and vintage year
  • Target emerging managers selectively
  • Provide enhanced fund returns and early liquidity via direct investment strategy
  • Develop independent opinions on investment themes and managers and be willing to act with conviction
  • Strengthen GP relationships by being an engaged, value-add partner 
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TEAM


Accolade Partners' connected, knowledgeable, and cohesive team has deep expertise and a singular focus.

TEAM


Accolade Partners' connected, knowledgeable, and cohesive team has deep expertise and a singular focus.

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JOELLE KAYDEN

MANAGING MEMBER

Joelle Kayden is the founder and Managing Member of Accolade Partners. Prior to founding Accolade in 2000, Joelle joined Alex.Brown&Sons in 1982 and served as the first CFO of ABS Ventures, its venture capital affiliate. Subsequently, she joined the Investment Banking Division where she was a Managing Director. Joelle managed the Venture Capital Service Group and served on the firm’s Equity Capital Markets and Investment committees. Joelle holds a B.A. from Smith College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB).  She serves on the GSB’s Advisory Council and is involved with a number of initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in investment management. Joelle is a member of the Rockefeller University Council in New York City.

 
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ATUL RUSTGI

PARTNER

Atul Rustgi is a Partner at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2007, Atul worked at McKinsey & Co., a leading strategy consulting firm, where he advised senior management on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. Before McKinsey, Atul worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, a venture philanthropy that funds and supports innovative poverty-fighting organizations in New York City. Atul holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

 
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ANDREW SALEMBIER

PARTNER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Andrew Salembier is a Partner and the Chief Operations Officer at Accolade. Before joining Accolade in 2009, Mr. Salembier worked for the Georgetown University Investment Office, focused on private equity. Prior to Georgetown, Andrew worked at Accolade from 2003 to 2007 as a Senior Investment Associate and at Cambridge Associates. Andrew holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

 

ARAM VERDIYAN

PRINCIPAL 

Aram Verdiyan is a Principal at Accolade. He is currently getting his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously he worked on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz. Before that, Aram worked in BD, sales and marketing at Aviatrix, a cloud native enterprise software company. Aram worked at Accolade from 2012 to 2015 as a Senior Investment Associate and at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He holds a B.S. from the George Washington University.  

 

Brandon Kumar

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Brandon Kumar is an Investment Associate at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2016, Brandon was an undergraduate student at George Washington University, during which time he interned at RBC Wealth Management, GCM Grosvenor and Accolade. Brandon holds a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University.

 
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Joe Caiello

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Joe Caiello is an Investment Associate at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2016, Joe worked as a senior analyst in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Citigroup and was a co-founder of Fanatix. Joe holds a B.S. in Commerce (Finance & Marketing) from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

 
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thomas o'leary

FINANCE / OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Thomas O'Leary is a Finance / Operations Associate at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade, Thomas worked as an Associate in KPMG's audit and assurance practice. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Accountancy. Thomas is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

LISA SMITH

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT / OFFICE MANAGER

Lisa Smith is an Executive Assistant/Office Manager at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade, Lisa worked as an Executive Assistant at the U.S. Education Delivery Institute and the Foundation on Economic Trends. Lisa has a B.A. from George Washington University. 

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INVESTMENTS


Accolade invests in venture capital and growth equity firms focused on technology and healthcare.

INVESTMENTS


Accolade invests in venture capital and growth equity firms focused on technology and healthcare.

CURRENT INVESTMENTS

Direct INVESTMENTS

PRIOR INVESTMENTS

ALLOY - CENTERPOINT - ELEVATION - FFC - GENERAL CATALYST - GOLDEN GATE - HLM - IMPACT - SEVIN ROSEN 

SKYLINE - STERNHILL -  TCV - TELEGRAPH HILL - TELESOFT - TRIDENT - WALDEN

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CONTACT


CONTACT


 

Accolade Partners

2001 M Street NW, Suite 801

Washington, DC 20036

P: 202-775-5595

F: 202-775-5599