Redhawk Ventures

Miami University’s premier business organization and student-led venture capital fund.


Executive Team

LAURA MENA ,  Managing Director

LAURA MENA, Managing Director

ANDY NEWMAN,   Managing Director

ANDY NEWMAN, Managing Director

MACKENZIE JONES,   Portfolio Manager

MACKENZIE JONES, Portfolio Manager

JACK SHERLOCK,   Investment Director

JACK SHERLOCK, Investment Director

HANNAH FRIER,   Treasurer


SOPHIE COLLINS,   Marketing Director

SOPHIE COLLINS, Marketing Director

BEN SANDLER,   Director of Member Engagement

BEN SANDLER, Director of Member Engagement

DEEP PATEL,   Recruitment Director

DEEP PATEL, Recruitment Director


Established in 1997 with financial support from Procter & Gamble, RedHawk Ventures was one of the first student-led seed stage venture capital funds in the U.S. Today, RedHawk Ventures stands as one of the few venture capital funds in the nation that is entirely run by undergraduate students and provides these students with the opportunity to invest in Miami University student or alumni-led startups, exposing them to the complexities of venture capital investing.

Fund members come from diverse backgrounds and majors but all share one common goal: maximize the value of every startup that enters the investment pipeline while empowering a fluid entrepreneurial ecosystem at Miami University. Through capital investments, consulting projects and hands-on collaboration with founders, the RedHawk Ventures team works to achieve these goals.

While RedHawk Ventures can only provide capital to students and alumni, the team seeks to interact with any and all entrepreneurially-minded individuals who may need support.


RedHawk Ventures maintains a hands-on relationship with all six active portfolio companies. These startups span industries from FinTech and CPG to Esports and Ecommerce, but all are led by ambitious Miami University student or alumni founders.

Why Join?

RedHawk Ventures is one of a select few student-led venture capital funds in the country. By becoming a member, you will experience the fast-paced world of venture capital and entrepreneurship while gaining valuable insights that are only possible through this unique opportunity. 

As one of the most premier and competitive clubs at Miami University, RedHawk Ventures prides itself on selecting only the most talented and passionate candidates to join the team. If you’re interested in joining, email Laura Mena at

Why Pitch?

RedHawk Ventures provides valuable advising services to every portfolio company. If you should ever have any questions about the direction of your business or need guidance, RedHawk Ventures will be eager to stand by your side. The team’s first priority is to help entrepreneurs gain the experience, insight and confidence they need to fully develop their business ideas.

If you’re interested in receiving capital or access to our advising services, please fill out our pitch form! If you are not planning on receiving funding, you can still fill out our form. Just ignore the questions regarding funding and enter any other information you can.

Who's Eligible to Pitch?

In order to gain funding from RedHawk Ventures, at least one team member with an equity stake of at least 5% in the business must be either a current student or an alumna/alumnus within the last 8 years of Miami University.