Mark Grovic is a partner and co-founder of New Markets Venture Partners. In addition to serving on the board of Think Through Learning, Mark serves or has served on the board of directors for Graduation Alliance, Fishtree, Lightningcast, Moodlerooms and Workspace.com. Mark also co-founded LifeJourney, an online educational company that allows students to test-drive real life careers in specific corporations. Prior to New Markets, Mark was a portfolio manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, an emerging market venture capital company; director of Estonia-based Baltic Small Equity Fund; a co-founder and principal of the Templeton Emerging Europe Fund; and a principal of Templeton Direct Advisors.
Mark is a professor of Venture Capital and Ethics at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (UMD). He has 14 years’ experience in higher education as an instructor and administrator, and serves as an advisor to technology transfer, incubator, and entrepreneurship organizations. He has earned awards for his instruction at both UMD and at Howard University and been awarded a fellowship for his innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Mark graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and he earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.
In addition to being a professor, Mark strongly believes in giving back to the educational community and is an active volunteer for education causes. Mark helped found and served as member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, is the board chair at Emerson Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C., and serves as chair of the Business Advisory Board of Venture Philanthropy Partner’s Youth Connect program which includes KIPP DC, College Summit, Latin American Youth Center, Metro Teen Aids, Urban Alliance, and Year Up.