FI  Acorn

     Office Locations:

12 Gate Post Ct.
Potomac, MD 20854-1735
Phone: 301-526-0172



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Software & Internet



    Acorn is a private equity investment company, providing angel financing to start up companies in the technology and bioscience industries. Since its establishment in 1996 and its incorporation in 1999, it has provided hands on investing to over 10 start-ups, primarily in the Washington DC and Atlanta metropolitan areas. It is also an investment partner in Blue Water Capital Venture Fund II, a growth stage private equity fund for infotech companies, and in the Maryland Angels Council, an organized group of angel investors providing financing and mentoring for technology and bioscience companies in the Mid-Atlantic Area. Acorn is the private equity investment vehicle for the Oakes Family, located in the Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia areas. The principals are William Oakes Jr., William Oakes III, and Patricia Oakes Poulos. Acorn focuses on technology based products or services in Telecom, Software, IT, Internet, and E-Business; and in Bioscience based products or services such as Biotech, Pharmacia, Health Care, and Bioinformatics.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Patricia Poulos Oakes Director
    William Oakes Managing Director
    William Oakes Director


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