We help founders build companies that re-shape industries and create new markets.

Tech Square Ventures is an Atlanta-based early-stage venture capital firm. We are a team of founders, operators, and investors that partner with visionary entrepreneurs to help them with what they need most – access to markets and customers.

Our platform is built on a strategic network of innovation ecosystem, corporate, and university relationships that help founders inform and accelerate go-to-market strategies.

Early Stage

EARLY

STAGE

Tech Square Ventures invests in enterprise (B2B), marketplace technology, and technology-enabled service companies at the Seed and Series A stages of company development and remain committed partners through the journey of growth and scale. At Tech Square Ventures, we focus on funding companies located in the Southeast and selectively invest in companies across the U.S.

ENGAGE

PLATFORM

Engage is a strategic innovation and corporate venture platform in partnership with AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Airlines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Georgia Tech, Goldman Sachs, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco, Invest Georgia, The Home Depot, and UPS. The Engage platform provides unique insights into market and technology trends and corporate innovation roadmaps, events and programming, and strategic access to leading corporate executives and academics.

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OUR TEAM
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    Blake Patton
    Founder & Managing Partner
    BIO


    Blake Patton
    Founder & Managing Partner

    Blake Patton is the founder and Managing General Partner of Tech Square Ventures where he leads investments in enterprise software, marketplace, and platform technology companies. Under his leadership, the firm has invested in 51 early-stage companies. He has represented Tech Square Ventures as a director or observer on the boards of Pointivo (Chairman), Cypress.io (Chairman), PreTel Health (Chairman), UserIQ, Haste, Sequr (acquired by Genea) and Salesfusion (acquired by SugarCRM). Blake is also the co-founder and Managing General Partner of Engage, a collaborative corporate venture and innovation program in partnership with 11 leading companies, Georgia Tech, Tech Square Ventures, and Invest Georgia.

    Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Prior to leading ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software and EVP of iXL, an internet services company that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $300 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

    Blake is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the boards of Engage, the Center for American Entrepreneurship (former Chairman), Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV) and High Tech Ministries (Treasurer). He also serves on the advisory boards of ATDC and Georgia Tech’s Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership and is a former Chairman of Venture Atlanta, a Georgia Research Alliance Industry Fellow and a member of the selection committee for the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.  Blake is a part-time Professor of the Practice at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance.

    Blake earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was captain of the swim team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, is a former Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustee, and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

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    Vasant Kamath
    Partner
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    Vasant Kamath
    Partner

    Vasant is a General Partner at Tech Square Ventures, where he is responsible for overall investment strategy and process, sourcing, deal execution, and supporting portfolio companies.

    Prior to Tech Square Ventures, Vasant was Director at Primus Capital, a Director at Cox Enterprises, and a Senior Associate at Summit Partners. He has over 15 years of experience as a technology company investor, Board member and advisor, with more than $4 billion in announced exits. He has particular experience in the eCommerce, marketing technology, financial technology, data/information services and mobile/wireless sectors.

    Vasant earned an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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    Joelle Fox
    CFO & Operating Partner
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    Joelle Fox
    CFO & Operating Partner

    Joelle is CFO and Operating Partner at Tech Square Ventures where she manages fund administration and accounting, supports the investment process, and assists portfolio companies with financial and operating strategies.

    Prior to joining Tech Square Ventures, Joelle served in roles including starting, growing and exiting high growth technology companies. After successfully selling Velocity Medical Solutions to Varian Medical Systems, she joined Varian to integrate Velocity’s team and systems into the publicly traded medical device and software company. Previously, Joelle served as SVP of Finance and Acquisitions at iXL, Inc. and was part of the PWC audit practice for eight years in Atlanta where she focused on technology, media, and consumer goods.

    Joelle earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. She is actively involved with the LEAD2Legacy program, LOVE Atlanta, and the Flourish women’s mentoring program.

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    Scott Lopano
    Principal
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    Scott Lopano
    Principal

    Scott is a Principal at Tech Square Ventures where he is responsible for sourcing new deals, deal execution, and supporting portfolio companies.

    Since joining TSV as an Associate in 2017, Scott has led or supported diligence and execution on 39 new investments across the TSV and Engage funds focused on early-stage enterprise (B2B) and marketplace technology companies.

    Previously, Scott worked at UBS Investment Bank in New York where he advised clients on capital structure and funding strategy, raising more than $26B in debt and preferred stock capital for clients over his tenure.

    Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a concentration in Finance. He was a 4-year starter for the Penn Quaker Football Team during 3 Ivy League Championships. He currently holds the record for most punts and most punt yardage in the school’s history and maintains strong ties to Penn. Scott was ranked as a top 5 NFL-hopeful punter and was invited to Rookie Mini Camp with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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    Melissa Pegus
    Senior Associate
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    Melissa Pegus
    Senior Associate

    Melissa is a Senior Associate at Tech Square Ventures where she is responsible for sourcing new deals, deal execution, and supporting portfolio companies.

    Prior to joining Tech Square Ventures, Melissa spent more than a decade scaling startups from pre-revenue through series C growth, resulting in 5 acquisitions. Melissa’s domain expertise is in ecommerce and enterprise technology.

    Most recently Melissa served as the Chief Revenue Officer at mBolden (acquired by SheRunsIt) and Head of Revenue at Diff Agency where she was responsible for the strategy, performance, and integration of all the organization’s revenue operations including sales, marketing, customer success, and strategic partnerships. Prior to that, she was the SVP of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for the Americas at MPP Global where they helped media companies such as Sky and NBC Universal launch their own ecommerce initiatives. Before her appointment at MPP Global, Melissa was the Director of Technical Integration Partnerships at Curalate (acquired by BazaarVoice) where she launched partnerships with Google, Pinterest, Facebook, and Amazon Payments. Before joining Curalate, Melissa was the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Spree Commerce (acquired by First Data who then IPO’d and was later acquired by Fiserv) where she grew their market share to over 45,000 stores globally by building the partnership organization from the ground up, recruiting and managing both agency and technology partner programs.

    Prior to her career in technology, Melissa was a consultant specializing in emerging markets working with Active Risk (acquired by Sword Group) and Frontier Strategy Group (acquired Ducker Worldwide).

    Melissa graduated from Georgetown University earning an undergraduate degree in Government.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Music Heals International.

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    Daley Ervin
    Venture Partner
    Engage MD
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    Daley Ervin
    Venture Partner & Engage Managing Director

    Daley is a Venture Partner and an Engage Managing Director where he is responsible for leading corporate partner relationships, sourcing and investments, and assisting portfolio founders in partnership development, go-to-market refinement, and the issues surrounding high-growth and scale.

    Daley has spent more than 10 years leading four venture capital-backed startups on three continents. Most recently, he was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Amazon-backed Nucleus in New York. Prior to that, he was the General Manager and Head of North American Operations for Student.com, Founding team and General Manager for London-based YPlan, and was part of the International Expansion Team at Airbnb.

    As a competitive ultramarathoner and extreme endurance athlete, Ervin set the United States’ pairs record having rowed 3,000 miles over 45-days across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to the Caribbean in the “World’s Toughest Rowing Race.”

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Arizona State University.

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    Thiago Olson
    Venture Partner
    Engage MD
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    Thiago Olson
    Venture Partner & Engage Managing Director

    Thiago is a Venture Partner and an Engage Managing Director where he is responsible for the Engage program for startups, sourcing investments, and supporting portfolio founders.

    Previously, Thiago served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech. Prior to ATDC, he was the CEO and co-founder of Stratos Technologies, a connected hardware and mobile payment platform. Stratos raised more than $10 million in funding from investors including Hyde Park Venture Partners, Resonant Venture Partners, Toba Capital, and Western Technology Investment and was later acquired in 2015. Thiago has also served in various roles in Venture, Think Tank and Engineering Program Management at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Sandia National Laboratories. Thiago also worked overseas in research capacities at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

    Thiago holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Vanderbilt University. He also was a fellow in the National Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences at Princeton University. Thiago came into the national spotlight as a teen for his research in plasma physics; successfully building a fusion reactor in his home in Rochester, Michigan.

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    Maddie Rohrer
    Analyst
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    Madeline “Maddie” Rohrer is an analyst at Tech Square Ventures where she is responsible for operations and administrative support.

    During her college career, Maddie as a Corporate Development and Sales Associate worked for 3 years at Stackfolio, Inc, a machine learning-enabled online marketplace for loan trading and participation. She worked with product, sales, and operations teams on projects encompassing corporate strategy, B2B sales, and internal operations. 

    Maddie is on track to earn her B.S. in Business Administration in May 2021, with highest honor, from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she specializes in Operations and Supply Chain Management with a certificate in Leadership and Organizational Change. She is actively involved in The Society of Women in Business and Ronald McDonald House Charities.