VC  Ascent Venture Partners

     Office Locations:

255 State Street, 5th Fl.
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-720-9400
Fax: 617-720-9401



  • Early



  • Communications & Networking
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 1985, Ascent Venture Partners (formerly Pioneer Capital Corporation) offers start-up financing and strategic support to entrepreneurs primarily in communications and software businesses, particularly in technology serving the infrastructure of the Internet. Ascent typically invests with proven entrepreneurs to whom the investment team provides hands-on support. The firm operates five funds totaling $450 million under management. In its 20 years, Ascent has invested in over 100 companies. Ascent focuses on the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions with investment sizes from $2 to $8 million.



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    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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    Brian J. Girvan General Partner
    Christopher Lynch General Partner
    Frank Polestra Special Limited Partner
    Geoffrey Oblak General Partner
    Luke Burns Principal


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Exchange Solutions
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      Fidelis Security
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      Knoa Software
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      Pwnie Express
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      Sidecar E-Commerce
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      V.i. Labs
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      Verivo Software
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      Whaleback Systems
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