Loyal is the fund Kamal wished he had available during his 20 year career as an entrepreneurial CEO, and 15 years as an angel investor. It draws upon his professional and philanthropic experiences and networks formed as a Global Director with the Founder Institute accelerator, former INSEAD Alumni Association President, as a consultant at Bain & Co, and as an engineer at IMAX. He has an INSEAD MBA and a degree in engineering physics from Queen's University. He has traveled to over 100 countries and speaks 5 languages.
Michael Kosic is a Managing Partner of Loyal VC, founded in 2018. Loyal has invested in 300+ companies, in 60+ countries while delivering above average venture, thanks to its network of 800+ expert advisors.
Loyal draws on Michael's lifelong experience as a technology entrepreneur, professional Industrial Engineer, and Angel Investor, while heavily leveraging his INSEAD network, where he earned his MBA, and the Founder Institute accelerator, where he was a top rated mentor for several years.
Spencer joined Loyal in 2020 as an Associate. Prior to Loyal, he spent three years with Citigroup in their investment banking division working on global capital markets transactions across sectors. In addition to his role on the investment team at Loyal, Spencer manages Loyal’s advisor network and has also built out many of the systems that have scaled the fund’s unique operations. He is also deep in the web3 ecosystem as a user and an investor.
Cassidy joined Loyal in 2021 as the Digital Content Lead. Her role has since expanded from social media and marketing to include website strategy and design, event planning, portfolio company intake, and investor research. Cassidy has also helped create Loyal's investor, advisor, and founder portals, as well as a Slack community for portfolio company founders.
Amit is the founding partner of Runway 6 Ventures and a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. Prior to this, he was a corporate lawyer at a global bank and an international law firm, where his practice focused on capital markets including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and securities, as well as general corporate and commercial law. He is also a former founder and launched a successful venture-backed startup.
Bernardo Bluhm is an experienced financial professional and advisor with 14+ years of experience in M&A, Private Equity and Venture capital working in 4 countries. He was part of the team that managed the first seed capital fund in LATAM, called CRIATEC. Before joining Loyal VC, he was the Investment Director at Engie New Ventures, leading series A+ deals related to Access to Energy, Mobility and the Energy Transition spanning Europe, and US. He is also one of the 7 general experts that advise the Innovation Council at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. He has an MBA from INSEAD.
Alexandra is a Venture Partner with Loyal VC. She previously spent 11 years as an editor and business and finance correspondent at The Economist, driving growth of the publication’s digital presence, establishing its Milan desk, and reporting from four continents. Alexandra holds degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. She was a Journalist in Residence at Chicago's Booth School of Business and has an executive MBA from INSEAD. She speaks English, French and Italian.
Erwin is an experienced executive and entrepreneur and NED. He coaches, mentors and advises boards and C-level executives and is a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. He is a values-driven person who sees his purpose in creating a positive impact through innovation and a strong focus on the individual. He believes that building trust between all stakeholders is the best way to achieve sustainable results.
He holds an MBA in from INSEAD, a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, a certificate from MIT|Sloan in Design Thinking and is an ICF certified coach. He speaks five languages.
Marco is a committed taxi driver to his 9-year-old daughter, cheering her at horse-riding and gymnastic classes while coaching her times tables. He joined Loyal as LP in 2021, after a 30-year career as a start-up founder and senior leader in the global energy markets, where he led, negotiated and executed multibillion B2B, B2G and G2G investment transactions delivering 10-digit profits, and covered governance roles for some of the largest private and governmental energy companies worldwide. Marco has successfully invested in technology start-ups, while juggling non-profit board roles.
Emerging Executive Leader with +20-year success record in creating & increasing values for organizations across different industries in Middle East, Africa, Asia & Europe 70+ countries. Orchestrated sustainable & profitable growth of $200M P&L. History of paving roads for innovative Go-to-Market strategies & execution models for reaching record-breaking ROIC +20%. Constructed and positioned 30+ brands for success.
Languages: Arabic, English & French
Pan Pan is a seasoned alternative investments professional, entrepreneur and advisor with +20 years of experience. She is Co-Founder of NPK Capital, a multi-asset investment and advisory firm focused on AgriFood and climate tech, carbon and environmental markets, and sustainable investing. She is also a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. Most recently, Pan was Director at Climate-KIC — EU’s leading climate innovation public-private partnership funded by the EIT, an EU body — where she successfully built, led and scaled Europe’s a leading AgriFood tech innovation accelerator.
Levi is the Director of the Creative Destruction Lab-Seattle and Managing Director of the Seattle chapter of the Founder Institute. His entrepreneurial experience includes a stint as the cofounder of a SaaS startup, a bootstrapped marketing agency, and creation of a DTC business for a multinational healthcare firm. He spent about 5 years leading product marketing and GTM teams at Amazon.
James Stewart is a part-time Venture Partner at Loyal. He is a startup advisor, mentor, and angel investor — skilled in strategy, innovation, and marketing — and an experienced strategy consultant and mentor for several accelerators. James studied engineering at Cambridge, completed an MBA at INSEAD, is a Marketing Academy alum, and a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
In his spare time, he is a keen surf lifesaver, trainer, and Patrol Captain at Bondi beach. He is also a board director for C-Res, a director of the INSEAD ANZ Alumni society, and a Marketing Academy Alumni advisory committee member.
Amine Tazi is a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. He is a General Manager with experience as C-level, Non-Executive Board Director, in corporate strategy, M&A, digital transformation and product marketing in the Internet, telecommunications, digital and software industry. He is also an entrepreneur and angel investor.
Amine holds a MSc from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne) and from Eurecom Institute (Sophia Antipolis, France). He holds also an executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). He is a Swiss citizen , lives in Switzerland and speaks four languages.
Neeti is a Venture Partner at Loyal with a visionary, innovative and intuitive mindset. She is an accomplished business leader with a proven track record leading strategic business performance establishing capability across diverse sectors with mass-consumer focused Brands. Neeti has mentored 100+ early-stage tech start-ups across diverse sectors and geographies. She is an advocate for impact investing, especially where women play a significant role.
Neeti has worked and lived in India, South Korea, and the wider APAC region. She is a polyglot, a dexterous, an aesthete, an author, and a yoga practitioner who enjoys travel, sports, music, photography and literature.
Maximilian is an entrepreneur, investor, and start up advisor. As an Investment Director at DSM Venturing, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal DSM, he leads the west coast hub and invests in US based start ups in food tech, bio tech, women’s health, and personalized nutrition. Prior to DSM, Maximilian founded a venture capital firm called New Territory Ventures focused on supply chain tech and alternative protein investments.
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Jeremy is a Venture Partner at Loyal, where he serves as lead partner for 10+ portfolio companies and is a member of the fund's investment committee. He also developed and leads the Loyal Growth Workshops initiative. Outside of Loyal, Jeremy is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington Information School, where his courses span UX, information architecture, and software development. Additionally, he has 20+ years of experience as a startup founder, and served as Managing Director of the Founder Institute Seattle program for five cohorts.
Jose joined Loyal part-time in 2021 as an analyst, and as of 2023 full-time as an associate. Prior to Loyal, he worked as an analyst for an investment baking boutique in San Francisco focusing on M&A for mid-market SaaS tech companies. He has also worked as a corporate FP&A analyst for VMware.
In his current role, Jose supports the fund operations, ad-hoc requests from GPs, VPs and advisors, as well as fundraising efforts. Based in LATAM, his interest is to create a strong network to support founders, angel investor and institutional investors sharing the opportunities VC holds in the region.