CyDeploy Wins Fifth Startup Showdown Pitch Competition
Cybersecurity startup CyDeploy wins the fifth Startup Showdown pitch competition designed by BIP Ventures to showcase and fund early-stage tech companies.
On the heels of its February launch, BIP Ventures announces additional team members to deliver on its mission to invest in overlooked founders.
ATLANTA, March 24, 2021 Atlanta-based BIP Ventures (formerly Panoramic) today announced the expansion of its leadership team, including the promotion of a new General Partner and the addition of a Vice President of Marketing and a Vice President on the investment team. Last month, the VC firm announced the formation f Panoramic Ventures through a partnership between Paul Judge and BIP Capital, one of the most active venture capital firms in the Southeast with more than $550 million in assets under management across five fund families.
BIP Ventures' mission is to take a "wider-view" approach to investing in order to fund companies in emerging tech ecosystems and give more entrepreneurs access to capital to build leading tech companies. In addition to seeking out investments in non-traditional geographies such as the Southeast and Midwest, racial and gender diversity of founders and teams is a focus. The new fund will also pursue innovative companies founded within colleges and universities. BIP Ventures' vision is to "help founders everywhere accelerate farther and faster."
Flickinger Promoted to General Partner
Mark Flickinger, previously COO at BIP Capital where he helped to raise and invest Funds III and IV, has been promoted to General Partner and COO of BIP Ventures Ventures. In addition to C-level and General Partner responsibilities, Flickinger also continues to work with portfolio companies, focusing on post-investment talent acquisition and scaling efficiently. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for portfolio companies AchieveIt and VoApps, while working closely with many others.
McQueen Joins to Head Marketing
Tami McQueen joins BIP Ventures as Vice President of Marketing. Previously, she was the first marketing hire at SalesLoft, one of the fastest-growing B2B SaaS startups that is now recognized as a "unicorn." As an entrepreneur, McQueen co-founded creative marketing agency 31south, now known as Summit House. She has worked with some of software's most innovative brands, including ActionIQ, Agility Recovery, Digital Hands, Keyfactor, SaaStr, Tricentis, and Women Who Code. McQueen will lead the firm's marketing efforts while also working closely with portfolio companies as a part of BIP Ventures' Founder Success Program.
Harris Joins Investment Team
Chad Harris joins BIP Ventures as a Vice President on the investment team, where he focuses on early-stage investments. Harris comes to BIP Ventures from Truist Securities, where he was a VP in Equity Capital Markets and an Associate in TMT industry coverage. He was also a Manager in the Strategy and Corporate Development Group at MTV Networks. Harris began his career at Morgan Stanley as an Associate in Equity Research covering the cable & satellite industry.
"Mark highly deserves the promotion to General Partner as he has been key to our growth and success," said Mark Buffington, Managing Partner of BIP Ventures. "We're also excited to have Tami and Chad join our team, as they both offer significant experience in areas important for our ongoing momentum. We look forward to their contributions as we enter our next chapter of growth."
The addition of McQueen and Harris brings the BIP Ventures team to 26 members who offer decades of experience, both as founders and investors, and collectively have invested in over 200 startups and achieved billions in exit proceeds.
About BIP Ventures (Formerly Panoramic Ventures)
BIP Ventures partners with extraordinary founders to drive exceptional outcomes. Since 2007, the firm has invested in the success of B2B software and tech-enabled service businesses at all stages of maturity. In addition to capital, we support entrepreneurs with access to infrastructure, acumen, and talent that results in category-leading companies. Our distinct multi-stage investment platform has driven consistent top-quartile returns over 15 years. For more information, visit bip-ventures.vc or follow BIP Ventures on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter @bipventures