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1GL Ventures, LLC

1GL Ventures is an early stage venture fund-in-formation that helps small American companies reach their full potential.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Financial Services
  • Location Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Website

Company Summary

1GL was formed to address the critical funding, advisory, and recruiting needs of hundreds of rising SBIR Phase 3 companies facing that fateful threshold between technology solution and profitable company. The 1GL team seeks to invest in leading energy storage, digital power, cyber security, and personalized healthcare companies so they commercialize products, create American jobs, and attract later stage angel, VC and corporate investors.


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    Eric Adolphe

    Nearly 30 years of experience developing technology and business solutions for civilian, defense, and homeland security organizations. Mentor to countless recipients of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Success in winning 17 SBIR awards and taking one of his companies, OPTIMUS Corporation, from fledgling startup to multi-million dollar enterprise.

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    Jeff Pierson

    Small business executive, fund investor, business advisor. Former SVP at Prudent Energy, a global energy storage company, where he opened its US HQ, recruited key employees, led the company’s expansion, scaled its technology, and grew early revenue. Also served as Associate Administrator for Investment at the SBA; ALTEC Energy Ventures, LLC; ALM Turbine, Inc.; International Energy Agency; the White House; US Congress.

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    Steve Cooper

    Trusted advisor to CEOs, CIOs, and executive teams doing business with the federal government, especially in cyber security. Provides insight into an agency's thinking about industry partners and contractors. Brings experience and knowledge from guiding major programs in the federal sector. Assists in finding suitable angel investors and partners for small federal contractors.