A cornerstone of the Johnson School experience, BRV exemplifies the School’s tradition of combining rigorous business training with hands-on practice. BRV managers are second-year MBA students already thoroughly versed in venture capital and entrepreneurship. As first-year students, they serve as BRV associates, conducting deal sourcing and due diligence for the Fund. Managers and associates also gain valuable experience through their immersions and directed studies, typically focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital and private equity. As a result, BRV portfolio companies gain a competitive advantage from talented students, and Johnson School MBAs graduate with an experience superior to that of peer business schools.
BRV draws upon the formidable resources of Cornell–an unrivaled institution with 13 colleges and schools and more than 100 research centers and programs that ranks 11th among U.S. universities in total R&D expenditures and 18th in federally financed R&D. The university’s not-for-profit Cornell Research Foundation evaluates and provides technology transfer for inventions stemming from Cornell research.
The Cornell community produces more than 200 patentable ideas each year–opportunities in a vast range of areas, including microfluidics, nanofabrication and advanced materials, environmental remediation, biomedical devices, veterinary medicine, pain treatment, agriculture, textiles, and gene therapy.
Our Value to Portfolio Companies
BRV provides more than just financial capital. A BRV investment puts the intellectual assets of one of the largest research institutions at the disposal of our portfolio companies. In addition, BRV has cultivated relationships with top-tier venture capital partners, helping our portfolio companies access the financial resources and relationships necessary to execute their business strategies and create winning companies. BRV views itself as a facilitator and enabler, purposefully structuring its investments with the needs of subsequent and follow-on investors in mind.
“BR Venture Fund has worked with SightSpeed since its inception and followed through with an investment. This organization is the best kind of investor because it acts to make things happen.”
–Brad Treat, ’02, CEO SightSpeed