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Founded in 1999, Core Capital is a venture capital firm managing $350 million in private equity across two funds. We provide capital to both early-stage ventures and small to mid-sized growth companies developing or incorporating disruptive, “core” technologies in high-growth technology sectors.
Core Capital is led by a seasoned partnership with deep domain expertise and over 70 years of collective investment experience.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., but with a national focus, Core Capital is led by a seasoned partnership with deep domain expertise and over 70 years of collective investment experience. The firm is backed by some of the country's most sophisticated limited partners and a Board of Advisors representing leaders in academia, government and business. Our close industry relationships are critical to our ability to source attractive, proprietary investment opportunities, partner with other leading firms, and invest in A and B rounds at half the industry average pre-money valuation.
Core has invested in nearly 40 companies and is actively involved with its portfolio. With over 100 collective career investments, our partners’ purpose is to apply broad operational and venture capital experience to identify and assist early-stage companies in becoming market-leading, sustainable businesses. To that end, we partner closely with entrepreneurs and believe we can significantly affect growth trajectory and profitability through proactive operational participation and board involvement.
Core Capital Partners
Grant Allen joined Core Capital in 2007 with nearly six years of strategy consulting and telecommunications industry experience. Most recently, Grant was at Liberty Associated Partners, where he worked with the CEO of Jingle Networks’ 1-800-FREE-411, and Microsoft Corporation, where he was a Product Manager in the Mobile & Embedded Devices division and developed field-level compete strategy for Windows Mobile.
Previously, Grant was a consultant at Dean & Company, where he focused on transitioning telecom infrastructure providers to new growth sectors such as mobile media and location-based services, as well as cost reduction strategy for wireline carriers. He began his career working with a number of young companies, including Bates White, an economics consulting firm; Nextera Interactive, a Internet incubator and IT consulting firm; and A-k Presence, a web design and e-commerce services firm he founded. He remains actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations including Washington, DC-based FareShare and the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, which he also founded.
Grant received his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering cum laude from Duke University and an M.B.A. with an individualized major in Private Equity and Venture Capital from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. There, he was an Executive Director of the Wharton Graduate Association, a Leadership Fellow, and sat on the board of the Wharton Alumni Association.
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