directed Aquacopia, 2004-2017
Aquacopia Ventures I LP was the first and only venture capital fund for aquaculture. Its sole, active co-founder, David Tze, was pivotal in creating a portfolio of important aquaculture value chain companies that has put to work over $200 million in capital, from multiple sources. His unique sector focus within investing has made him a primary resource for education and deal flow among investors exploring aquaculture.
Now, as managing partner of a new search fund, David will take a more hands-on role in the next such aquaculture technology company. He is changing roles, from entrepreneurial financier to finance-minded entrepreneur, from coach to player.
After coming of age in southwestern Virginia, David earned an economics A.B. at Princeton. He has advanced several established industries by applying new technology and innovative business models, originally with several start-ups, at the dawn of the commercial internet. He was the founding CTO of Texas’s venture-backed, online equipment marketplace for the oil and gas industry, Network(Oil) International. It was acquired by the publicly-traded marketplaces group, Liquidity Services.