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About Fortify Ventures

As an early stage technology investment fund, Fortify leveraged the proven experience of our team and our networks to provide portfolio companies with the community and the capital that they need to grow and succeed.

Fortify was founded  in 2011 and is managed by serial entrepreneurs and experienced angel investors.

The Fort

The Fort  accelerated 17 companies since January 2012 in Washington DC. As Fortify grew and evolved we focused more exclusively on the future of the firm and on nurturing our current portfolio. The journey of the entrepreneurs at The Fort is now available as a documentary called Startupland. The Startupland experience includes a video series (six episodes) of the authentic entrepreneurship journey and an online curriculum for learning the basics of starting a business.


Inspiring Innovation and Educating Entrepreneurs Globally

The Fort Accelerator Program was captured on film and Startupland was created. Starupland is a compass to guide you down the path of entrepreneurship and features the real stories of those that have taken action and embarked on their founder journey. Their stories and experiences are shared in a documentary, extra video content, case studies and testimonials, and a digital curriculum…all available anywhere in the world.

Meet the Partners

  • Jonathon Perrelli
    Jonathon Perrelli Managing Director

    Inspiration for Fortify Ventures and Distilled Intelligence came from Jonathon’s 20 years as an entrepreneur and angel investor. As a native Washingtonian, Jonathon is a key player in the thriving startup technology ecosystem in the mid-atlantic region.  Jonathon is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech and alumni of UUNET and Current CEO and Founder of LifeFuels.

  • Carla M. Valdes
    Carla M. Valdes General Partner

    Carla has been with Fortify since our founding. As general Partner, she co-founded our accelerator and was a co-creator of Distilled Intelligence. Carla is now is focused Handpressions.

  • Adam Fazackerley
    Adam Fazackerley General Partner

    Adam is a founder, investor, patent holder, and design / strategic marketing specialist. Figuring out ways to launch and grow companies with truly innovative solutions is his passion.  Adam is currently the COO and co-founder of Lay-n-Go, working alongside his wife Amy (the CEO).

  • Simon Rakoff
    Simon Rakoff General Partner

    Simon has been an active entrepreneur and angel investor in the DC region for more than 15 years. He has founded and co-founded enterprise software, digital entertainment and professional services firms. A former paramedic and firefighter, Simon is also a PhD with expertise in leadership and organizational change.

“One has to passionately believe it is possible to change the industry, to turn it on its head, to make sure that it will never be the same again.”  – Richard Branson