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MVC invests in optimism, ingenuity and humanity’s insatiable desire to creatively improve. We back incredible founders with strong domain knowledge who are tackling real, durable problems. We look for opportunities with very high growth potential in large and growing markets.
Meet the Team
Founder & Managing Partner
Two years out of college, David founded and ran InnFlux, one of the largest and most profitable hotel WiFi and telecom companies before successfully exiting in 2011. in 2006, he launched media Private Equity firm iEstates, which builds new and buys existing digital media businesses. He later seeded and eventually operated one of the largest and most profitable video hiring platforms, RIVS, before successfully exiting in 2019.
In 2012, David co-founded IrishAngels, a Notre Dame affiliated angel investor group that now deploys more than $10mm per year into early-stage companies. David serves as Chairman of IrishAngels and Mentor at startup accelerator Techstars.
David earned a BA in Government and Philosophy from Notre Dame, earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, and studied Venture Capital and Private Equity through Harvard’s Executive Education program.
Prior to joining Motivate, Olivia spent five years at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on post-M&A business and technology transformation. As a Product Manager, Olivia launched technology solutions to drive digital transformation and increase business productivity. Likewise, she was heavily involved in change management in people, process, and technology post-transaction to help clients achieve operational excellence.
Olivia is currently an MBA candidate at Chicago Booth. She earned her Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Supply Chain from Case Western Reserve University and her B.A. in Economics in China.
Founder & Managing Partner
Lauren co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Oxford Intelligence Partners, a FinTech company serving Fortune 500 Investor Relations Officers until its 2015 sale to Q4, a Toronto-based strategic acquirer. Lauren was also a founding partner of Victory Networks, a low-latency trading infrastructure provider that sold to QuantHouse in 2017. Additionally, Lauren founded two proprietary trading firms, Sumo Capital and Budo Holdings, before successfully exiting in 2017, and served as RIVS Director from founding through exit.
Lauren has been an active early-stage investor since 2012, both as an individual and as a member of IrishAngels and serves as a mentor at startup accelerators 43North and Founders Institute.
Lauren earned his BA from Notre Dame and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.
Prior to joining Motivate, Trey co-founded HSAD Network, an online communication platform for high school athletics programs where he helped scale the operation across the US and Canada. He spent two years at NCT Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Columbus, OH. During law school, Trey clerked at a boutique startup law firm where he represented early-stage startups on general corporate matters and financings.
Trey played basketball at Trine University where he graduated top-of-the-class with a degree in Finance and Economics. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)
Jake is a fitness-industry expert, and currently one of the top Peloton cyclists in the world.
He previously served as Head of Finance, Operations, and Business Development for NowPow, a Chicago-based Health Tech platform leveraging Social Determinants of Health to facilitate non-clinical referrals between community organizations and large U.S. Health Systems & Payors.
Before NowPow, Jake was a hedge fund investor in New York City with Melvin Capital, where he covered large-cap CPG and FinTech businesses. Jake began his career in investment banking with BofA Merrill Lynch, specializing in M&A advisory services for Fortune 500 banks and specialty finance companies.
Jake holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he also competed as a Division I NCAA swimmer.
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