VC  BR Ventures

     Office Locations:

c/o Nancy Bell
304 Sage Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-6599



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    BR Venture Fund (BRV) is Cornell's early stage venture capital fund. Operated entirely by a team of MBA students, BRV typically invests between $50, 000 and $250,000 in U.S.-based high growth companies across all industries. Over its lifetime, BRV will invest up to $10,000,000 in business entities, most of which will be sourced through the extended Cornell community. BRV is funded by donations to the University and returns are used to create a growing pool of investment capital and build the endowment. The fund typically makes investments between $50,000 - $250,000. Affiliated with BR Ventures is the BR Incubator (BRI), a student-run consulting agency founded in 2002; BR Legal, the legal arm offered in conjunction with the Cornell Law School; and BR MicroCapital, a business advising and lending service for local entrepreneurs. BRV also sponsors The Cornell Venture Challenge, a Business Plan competition where students pitch new business ideas to a panel of professional investors and can earn up to $25,000.

    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:

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    Alex Paranicas Fund Manager
    Ben Peterson Business Development Manager
    Hemant Bhardwaj Fund Manager
    Joel Schrock Fund Manager
    Kamal Hassin Fund Manager


    Portfolio companies include:

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      e2e Materials
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      Experience Enterprises
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      GNS Healthcare
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      Medical Care Corporation
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      Pacific Biosciences
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      Restaurant Revolution Technologies
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      Semprae Laboratories
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