Bee Partners, a leading pre-seed venture capital firm partnering with innovative founders at the forefront of human-machine convergence, announced today that Jocelyne Cooke, a venture capital industry veteran, has joined Bee Partners as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer.
“I’m thrilled to have Jocelyne join Bee Partners and confident she will make an immediate impact,” said Michael Berolzheimer, founder and managing partner at Bee Partners. “Our constituents have come to expect high-value service and we expect that to grow as we partner with more incredible Founders and welcome additional institutional investors to our platform. Jocelyne will help us accelerate how we identify tipping point investment opportunities, and deepen the on-the-ground partnership support we provide to help our portfolio companies scale.”
Cooke brings more than 20 years of diverse finance, tax, and multi-stage business experience to her new role and will provide critical strategy and operational support for Bee Partners’ portfolio companies, as well as financial planning and analysis, and investor relations, capital raising and human resources support.
“Inception-stage level funding is critical for the continued development of the startup ecosystem and advancement of innovation,” said Cooke. “The right kind of development for inception-stage entities is also critical and Bee Partners delivers this. I’m very excited to help the team provide an incredible experience to Investors, Founders and other key stakeholders.”
Prior to joining Bee Partners, Cooke was the CFO at DCVC, an early-stage venture capital firm, where she was a key member of the executive team. Before that, she was vice president of finance and controller for venture capital firm Venrock. She also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the venture capital and private equity tax division. Cooke holds a BA in history from the University of California, Davis, and is a licensed CPA.
About Bee Partners
Founded in 2009, Bee Partners is a pre-Seed venture capital firm that partners with revolutionary Founders working at the forefront of human-machine convergence across technologies that include robotics, AI, voice, i4.0, and synthetic biology. The firm leverages a singular approach to detecting new and emerging patterns of business as well as inside access to fertile but often overlooked entrepreneurial ecosystems to identify early opportunity in large, untapped markets. Bee’s portfolio companies consistently realize growth at levels that outstrip industry averages and secure follow-on capital from the world's top VCs.