Our technology platform helps you design your own due diligence process to assess innovations within your group. With plug-and-play question sets, weighted-scoring rubrics, and user feedback options, we help you efficiently leverage your deep industry knowledge to identify the most compelling innovations in your network.
We provide an online investment platform to help you crowdfund strategic investments from members across your network—and ours.
Our easy-to-use investor dashboards help you and your network keep track of your investments, while our technology solution and support staff seamlessly handle all aspects of the back-end fund administration behind the scenes (including investment vehicle formation, compliance and regulatory requirements, banking and wiring, investor reporting, K-1s, other tax documents, etc.).
Members of our collective networks can invest in any opportunity that you identify for as little as $5,000, and your participation in the carried interest of each investment vehicle that we help you form can create a sustainable ecosystem for your organization.
Gain exclusive access to our digital marketplace of other investors and deals that have been invested in by other groups on our platform based on their well-informed diligence and deep industry experience.
This provides additional capital resources and strategic support to your own innovators, bolstering the likelihood of their success—and yours.
It also allows your network to create their own diversified portfolio of high-quality venture opportunities.
Through our affiliate VCG, we provide a suite of other critical resources and support to help your innovators scale up, all under one roof—from strategy, legal, regulatory, teambuilding, finance, user acquisition, business development, to technology & product development.
Select, customize and white-label any component of our Vet. Invest. Access. solution that fits your needs—or we can bundle them together to provide an entire venture ecosystem under your own brand! Each component is available for an affordable, flat-rate subscription fee, or a bundled fee, without long term financial commitments.
Our team has over 3 decades of startup, venture, tech and business experience, and we have built that know-how into our solution and support to ensure your organization’s success.
We have a robust network of investors, industry experts, strategic partners, and service providers – across many industries – who can provide additional capital and expertise to support your innovators—ensuring their success and yours.
Our collective knowledge and networks ensures unrivaled identification and diligence of opportunities, and our profit-sharing business model can provide long-term profitability and sustainability for your organization.
The author of seven books and over 100 articles on business, he serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Scott is also a frequent speaker at professional, university and corporate sponsored events across the United States on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, innovation and family businesses.
Working with entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors across the United States, and as local counsel for companies with headquarters in China, Canada, and Europe, Scott provides guidance on a range of issues, including strategy, financing, and innovation. His work also includes providing counsel on strategic joint ventures and other forms of cooperative agreements and his experience includes negotiating joint ventures with strategic partners in China, Europe, Israel, and Canada.
Helping to pioneer the application of a variety of new strategies informed by melding traditional legal, economic and business principles with insights from science, including the fields of positive psychology, social neuroscience and behavioral economics, Friedman also assists with cultural transformations, effective governance, and dispute resolution and conflict management.
In addition to sitting on a number of private company boards, Friedman is an active volunteer in the WNY community, currently serving as a Member of the University at Buffalo Council, the Daemen College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the WNY Law Enforcement Foundation and the Western New York Venture Association.
This range is reflected in her roles as a Partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, a full-service law firm, where she Co-Leads its Startup and Venture Capital and Family Business Practice Teams, a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Varia, a management consulting firm and capital raising platform that, together with her law firm, provide businesses at all stages with the support, resources and capital they need to help successfully grow their companies, and General Counsel to Impact Capital, a venture capital fund focused on making investments in high-growth, revenue-positive companies primarily located in Upstate New York.
As a result, Andrea has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, startups, later-stage companies, investors and funds across a variety of stages, sectors and geographies. Her practice experience includes advising clients on general corporate matters, capital raising and exit transactions; representing investors in equity and debt financings; representing sponsors in fund formations; and extensive M&A experience.
Her work with later-stage and family-owned businesses focuses on helping them develop and implement succession, governance, compensation and other plans, by applying strategies informed by social neuroscience and positive psychology.
She began her career in the New York City office of Mayer Brown LLP, a leading international law firm, where she worked on large-scale M&A transactions, private-equity financings and IPOs.
Andrea is extremely active in her community in numerous organizations that focus on entrepreneurship, democratizing access to capital, and women’s leadership. She is an Entrepreneur In Residence for Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office for Columbia University, a Mentor for Endeavor, an organization that is spearheading the global entrepreneurship movement, and an Executive in Residence at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Andrea is also Chair of the WNY Women’s Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of and General Counsel to Upstate Capital.
Andrea is a frequent speaker at professional, university and corporate-sponsored events, and has co-authored numerous articles on topics of interest to businesses. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including 40 Under 40, Legal Elite, and Super Lawyers.
Andrea received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Top Third of Class, Law Journal, Women’s Rights Clinic) and a B.A. from the University at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Full Academic Scholarship). A Fulbright Scholar (France), she also trained in Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Program.