Mark Grovic co-founded New Markets Venture Partners in 2003 and is a General Partner. Mark serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Fishtree, Graduation Alliance, Think Through Learning, MediaSolv (sold to Nasdaq: TASR), Lightningcast (sold to NYSE: TWX), Moodlerooms (sold to Blackboard) and Workspace.com. Mark also serves or has served as a board observer for Aldagen (sold to NASDAQ: CMXI), American Honors College, Andera (sold to NASDAQ: EPAY), Appfluent, BioSET (sold to Ferring Pharmaceuticals), Mashable, Overture Technologies, Paratek Microwave (sold to NASDAQ: RIMM), Questar Assessment and Vision Chain. Mark co-founded LifeJourney, an online educational company that allows students to test drive real life careers in specific corporations.
Mark has been investing in high growth companies since 1992. Prior to New Markets, Mark was a Portfolio Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), a $200 million managed emerging market venture capital company, Director of Estonia-based Baltic Small Equity Fund, a Co-Founder and Principal of the Templeton Emerging Europe Fund, as Principal of Templeton Direct Advisors, and a Portfolio Manager of Private Equities at the Calvert Group.
Mark is a Senior Advisor to University of Maryland University College (UMUC), advising on corporate development and entrepreneurship, and a Senior Lecturer at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he has taught a Private Equity Clinic for the last 15 years. Previously, he was VC-in-Residence at the Smith School and Deputy Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. He has earned three awards for his instruction at UMD and at Howard University, plus a fellowship awarded for the innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Mark helped to found and served as Board Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), is Board Chair at Emerson Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C. and serves as on the board of Partners for Affordable Excellence. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Council for the American Public University System and of the Innovation Advisory Board for the Lumina Foundation. Mark is also a member of the Washington Baltimore chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.
Mark graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in political economies and received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University, where his focus was in international, tax, and corporate law. Mark has also completed graduate work in accounting and finance at the George Washington University and Pace University, and completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Mark lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and two children and is a mediocre musician and triathlete.