Squadra Ventures is a venture capital firm led by founder-operators that invests in early-stage cyber and national security companies. We apply significant resources beyond the check, working hand-in-hand with our entrepreneurs to win and leave a lasting positive impact on the world.
Squadra is the Italian word for team. It embodies our fundamental belief that exceptional teams are the key to outsized success. We lead rounds and apply significant resources in startups that are going to change the future of security in the workplace and in the field.
As investors we:
Lead Seed to Series A rounds
Work as Active Board Members
Execute on an 18-Month Joint Strategic Plan
We invest in teams that:
Are visionary leaders
Obsess over how their product drives value for their customers
Value leadership development of their management teams through coaching and mentoring
Can leverage our expert network of cyber, national security, and enterprise professionals to accelerate their business
Are ready to level-up their go-to-market strategy and business operations
Are excited to collaborate on industry changing strategic opportunities
Have the potential to become Dual-Use Ventures serving both enterprise and government clients
How We Do It
For our portfolio companies, there are three teams — the founding team, our team, and the combination of the two.
That means some days we’re pulled up to the table in a portfolio company’s office to dig into a marketing campaign and other days we’re working our network to get one of our CEOs in front of the CISO of a key future client. Where some VCs check-in at the board meeting, we’re working with our management teams daily. The goal is simple — 3X in 24 months, achieved through alignment on our Joint Strategic Plan.
What We Stand By
Squadra Ventures is committed to supporting and funding under-represented founders and diverse teams. We believe that diverse teams perform better and, as stewards of capital, we take the following measures:
We actively seek out founders from diverse backgrounds.
We track the gender, identity and race of the founders and companies we review to ensure we are not disproportionately favoring any singular profile. Participation in this data collection is optional.
When a company does not meet our investment thesis, we aim to be helpful by making further introductions and providing honest feedback.
We start our investment opportunity review process in the same place, every time, warm intro or not — with our opportunity overview intake form.