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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 co-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.

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TEAM


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

JOELLE KAYDEN

MANAGING MEMBER

Joelle Kayden is Accolade’s Managing Member.  Prior to founding Accolade in 2000, Joelle spent eighteen years at Alex. Brown, most recently as a Managing Director in charge of the Venture Capital Services Group. The depth and variety of her prior experience, both as CFO of ABS Ventures, a venture capital affiliate of Alex. Brown, and as a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Alex. Brown, has shaped her perspective on the venture capital and private equity landscape. Joelle holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (“GSB”).  Joelle has been involved in a number of activities at the Stanford GSB. She serves on the GSB’s Advisory Council and recently launched an initiative in conjunction with the Career Management Center at the GSB to encourage and support women MBAs to pursue careers in investment management.

 

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

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER/PRINCIPAL

Andrew Salembier is the Chief Operations Officer and Principal 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 Analyst and at Cambridge Associates. Andrew holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

 
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ALLISON GREEN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Allison Green is the Operations Manager at Accolade. Prior to joining our team in 2013, Allison worked at the Georgetown University Investment Office from 2009 to 2013 as the Executive Assistant to the CIO and Office Manager. Before Georgetown, Allison worked at Design Directions International from 2004 to 2009 as a Senior Hospitality Designer. Allison holds a B.A. in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky.

 

Aram verdiyan

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Aram Verdiyan is a Senior Associate at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2012, Aram worked as a Consultant in the Financial Services Industry Group at Deloitte Consulting. Aram holds a B.S. in Economics from George Washington University.

 

DEREK ANDREN

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Derek Andren is a Senior Associate at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2012, Derek worked as an associate in the Financial Instrument, Structured Products and Real Estate Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Derek holds a B.B.A. in Finance from George Washington University.

 
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Russell Kreutter

ASSOCIATE

Russell Kreutter is an Associate at Accolade.  Prior to joining Accolade in 2014,  Russell worked as a Strategy Consultant with Monitor Deloitte focused on technology, life sciences, and energy. He graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting and Marketing.

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INVESTMENTS


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

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INVESTMENTS


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

CURRENT INVESTMENTS

CO-INVESTMENTS

PRIOR INVESTMENTS

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

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

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CONTACT


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CONTACT


 

Accolade Partners

1850 M Street NW, Suite 1060

Washington, DC 20036

P: 202-775-5595

F: 202-775-5599