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Through our global community, we're attracting top founder talent from pre-launch to Series A.

We're on another level.

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High Volume, High Quality Deal Flow

We’ve built a top-ranked sourcing funnel that attracts top-quality founders. With over 3,000 applications in 2023 alone, we are on pace to track over 2 million data points on US-based startups by 2026. We pick from the best of the best with rigorous investment criteria.

Stronger Returns via Up-the-funnel Ecosystem

Combining early-stage acceleration with strategic mature seed investments, value-add mentorship, and the opportunities for follow-on Series A+ SPVs helps maximize potential upside while increasing the chances of a faster return on capital.

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Individualized Global Support

We ensure that our portfolio companies leverage our global support network for assistance in fundraising, strategic growth-focused mentorship, hiring, and more to fit their unique needs. Nourishing healthier companies helps them achieve larger gains while reducing investment risk.

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Meet our core team

Brandon Maier
Founder & General Partner

Co-Founder of Quake Capital, highlighted by CrunchBase for making the second-most investments in female-led startups (2018).

250+ Startup Investments, with 84% still active, 9 previous exits. 10X+ return on portfolio of active investments within last 6 years.

Extensive network of over 1,000 investors.

Frequent collegiate guest lecturer & startup judge.

Aaron Golbin
Managing Partner & Head of Accelerators/Incubators & Partnerships

Four-time startup founder, creating and leading industry-leading enterprises like and The American Post.

10+ years of operating experience across VC-and-non-VC-backed startups and a multi-billion-dollar technology and strategy company in the Media, AI, FinTech, and Government Consulting industries.

Strategically advised and invested in over 30 companies.

AJ Smith
Managing partner and head of product

Technical managing partner bringing over a decade of frontier tech experience and 5+ years of investment experience prior to LvlUp.

Four-time venture-backed CTO with 3+ years leading startup consultant firm assisting in pitch deck creation, fundraising, coaching, and more.

10+ years of full-stack dev. experience in FinTech, SocialTech, MedTech, and more.

New York University, Masters

Adam Ned

Adam is a determined leader and expert problem solver, who takes a very hands-on approach with founders.

3 years of experience managing associates and working with a variety of startups across several industries.

Frequent Event & Pitch Competition Organizer, Host, and Participant

Co-Founder of a stealth mode cryptocurrency mining company.

B.S. Economics, Occidental College

Natalie Dunn
Head of Operations & Investor Relations

Former founder and operator with 10 years of experience in early and growth stage startups in a variety of industries from health tech to CPG.

2x venture backed executive (COO & COS).

3 years of experience allocating $30M per year of federal funding to advanced industry startups in bioscience, clean tech, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing.

Active startup mentor, coach, and strategic advisor with a passion for supporting high-impact and undercapitalized founders.

BA University of Denver - Business and International Economics

Jacob Ringel
Associate Partner
Jerome Timmons
Associate Partner
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