We are based in New York City. We strengthen startups by providing seed funding, access to additional capital, and an unmatched team of mentors and advisors. We lead and syndicate seed investments. We make 10 investments per year, and provide $100,000 per deal. Our goal is to help seed stage companies become the next big thing. We operate as one firm with a unified mission to identify great potential and help realize the dreams and ambitions of the best entrepreneurs.
A New York-based real estate entrepreneur, Nickolas W. Jekogian III is the President and CEO of Signature Group Investments and CEO and Chairman of Presidential Realty Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. An experienced industry thought leader with over 25 years in real estate investment and management, Nick began his career in college when he bought his first apartment building in Philadelphia. He has since made more than 1,000 separate equity, debt or corporate acquisitions with a deal value in excess of $1 billion. Nick led the real estate roll out of Commerce Bank – one of the fastest growing retailers ever – along the entire east coast from the early stages until its sale for over $8.2 billion in 2009. Nick’s holdings include apartment buildings throughout the United States with Signature Group and retail shopping center developments on the east coast with Site Development. Nick has been investing in startup companies for over 10 years ranging from real estate technology to biotech to consumer-based startups. He currently has over 20 startup investments in his portfolio. Passionate about nonprofit development and social change, Nick sits on the board of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that prepares and connects Nigerian youth with career opportunities in technology. He is an angel investor in technology startup ventures in developing countries and the United States. Nick also acts as a mentor for Ashoka, a global nonprofit organization that helps social entrepreneurs interact with the world and affect global change
Mr. Ader is the founder & Chairman of the Board of the entity that controls Adelie Food Holdings Ltd. Adelie Foods is the UK’s leading “Food to Go” business supplying the UK retail and foodservice sectors with an unrivalled portfolio of consumer insight led chilled food products. The company’s retail customers market their food products to UK football fans and clubs throughout England. The company generates over $400 million in annual sales and has over 3000 employees. Mr. Ader is a director and shareholder of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Sands), the largest global hospitality company in the world, with over 50,000 employees. He is currently the Chairman of the company’s Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the firms Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Last year Sands partnered with MLS team owner and football legend David Beckham to develop dining, retail and leisure concepts at Sands China Ltd. properties in Asia and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company also has produced numerous professional sporting matches in the US and Asia which have included events with the NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, UFC, & Manny Pacquiao. Additionally the company has hosted and produced events with global entertainers over the years including Cirque Du Soleil, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rihanna, and Justin Beiber. Ader joined Sands as part of the recapitalization and reorganization of the company in April 2009. Mr. Ader recently became the largest shareholder with rights to appoint a director in the company that controls Bwin, a major sponsor of global football. Bwin has sponsored football giants Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich and more recently Olympique de Marseille. In 2012, Bwin entered into a digital partnership with Manchester United F.C. In January 2014, the company announced major sponsorship deals with the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers. Mr. Ader is the founder and CEO of SpringOwl Asset Management LLC, a New York- based SEC-registered investment management firm. Mr. Ader is also the CEO of Ader Investment Management (“AIM”), a single family office also based in New York. AIM was recognized by BusinessWeek magazine as one the most astute investors in the entertainment and leisure sectors.
Our team reviews the investment opportunity
Deals that receive member interest are invited to the next monthly deal pitch meeting.
If the start-up passes the pitch, we fund the start-up and assign one of our members in the industry of the selected start-up to help mentor the company.