Jim Swartz, founding partner of Accel Partners, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) on April 18, 2007.
This award recognizes venture capitalists who have built successful venture firms which support companies that have made significant contributions to the U.S. economy. Recipients of this award have also consistently set high performance standards for the industry.
Jim has been a highly respected contributor to the venture capital community for four decades and was one of the earliest supporters of the NVCA, serving as past Chairman of the Association. During his service with the NVCA, he had a major leadership role over a seven year period resulting in the 1985 Department of Labor Regulation which opened the modern era of pension fund investments for our industry.
He co-founded two prominent venture capital firms, Accel Partners and Adler & Company and has served as a director for more than fifty successful companies, one third of which became publicly traded. He has specialized over the years in partnering with start up companies that are defining new industries.
At the Tepper School of Business, Jim serves on the Business Board of Advisors and is the benefactor of the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program. Students selected as Swartz Fellows will combine Tepper's entrepreneurship curriculum with an exclusive, mentorship-driven summer internship and a leadership-focused experiential program throughout their second year of MBA studies. In addition to a robust curriculum, Swartz Fellows will participate in a paid summer internship at an entrepreneurial company that will include intensive mentoring by Tepper faculty, the company's CEO or other designated executive, and a Tepper graduate who is a successful entrepreneur or part of the venture capital industry. In addition, a new series of seminars that brings leading entrepreneurs to the Carnegie Mellon campus will further enhance the student experience. This seminar series, known as the Swartz Leadership Forum, will be run by the Fellows and benefit the entire Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh entrepreneurial communities.
Jim is a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics and holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.