Warren Bergen – President
Warren joined AVAC in Jan 2011. He works with the Accelerate Fund, venture fund investments, entrepreneurial ecosystem support and portfolio assistance. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Warren brings a breadth of expertise that spans start-up and growth stage sales and marketing, finance, and venture capital investment. His background is a highly relevant blend of entrepreneurship and early-stage investment know-how spanning angel, venture capital, and public markets. In technology operational roles, his experience includes IT sales and marketing leadership, integration contracts, and channel development. In addition, he has been instrumental in the capital raise for a number of technology companies. Warren holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and enjoys coaching entrepreneurs. He is the author of ‘Swagger & Sweat’ – A Startup Capital Boot Camp.
Mark Carlson – Managing Partner, Verdex Capital
Mark joined the organization as Vice President, Investment in 2009. In his role, Mark oversees investment operations. Mark has directed venture capital and investment financing for a broad range of early-stage technology companies for the past 15 years. His sectors of investment expertise spans the agriculture value chain, internet-powered and related software businesses, manufacturing, and life science. Furthermore, Mark’s comprehensive, hands-on knowledge of irrigated crop and cow-calf production gleaned from his farm up-bringing and ranching experience is an asset to the team’s ag tech investments. He also serves as Director of the General Partner of the Accelerate Fund Limited Partnership. Mark has a Bachelor of Economics and an MBA.
Jim Hardin – Senior Investment Manager
Jim joined AVAC as an investment manager in 2006. Prior to joining AVAC, Jim spent over 13 years in academics and the biotechnology industry. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Gastrointestinal Physiology, and brings a broad background in life sciences to the organization. He has published over 100 patents, book chapters, full articles, and abstracts in the area of gastrointestinal physiology and animal models of infectious disease, thus lending an extensive background in life sciences. Jim’s focus areas include biotechnology, medical devices, and agricultural technology.
Martin Vetter – Senior Investment Manager
Martin is passionate about building technology companies and working with the entrepreneurs behind them. Drawing on over 25 years of business experience in a range of technology companies and industries, Martin brings a valuable perspective, which shows in his approach and contribution to AVAC’s team and investees. Prior to AVAC, he worked across product and program management, with a focus on strategy and product commercialization. Previous employers include Acceleware (high performance computing), Hemisphere GPS (telematics), Novatel Wireless (mobile), and Nortel (VoIP telephony). Martin has a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA. His areas of expertise include leadership, combined with functional expertise and experience in general business management, technology commercialization, governance, and investment transactions.