Mike Bernstein
Principal, Venture Investing

Mike is a seasoned investor and strategist with 15 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, management consulting, and corporate development. His career has taken him to London, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong, where he has been a trusted advisor for clients in a variety of industries. 

He started in the Emerging Markets Group at HSBC in London, investing throughout APAC, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, before joining Booz Allen Hamilton to help launch the firm’s re-entry into commercial markets. As one of the first employees in their new Commercial Consulting division, Mike led growth efforts across the US and Europe while working at the intersection of public and private sector clients. Most notably, he advised NASA on its commercial spaceflight initiatives, the USDA and White House Rural Council on the creation of the Rural Business Investment Program, and the World Bank on its Climate Investment Funds. 

Later, Mike spent time at St. John’s College, Cambridge, researching the effects of infusions of risk capital into traditionally underserved communities. Meanwhile, he collaborated with Amadeus Capital Partners on a public policy initiative with the European Commission, as well as the restructuring of the firm's portfolio management process and the first round of investments in a new emerging markets-focused fund. Upon leaving Cambridge he joined Capgemini, where he worked directly with the firm’s C-suite on corporate strategy, investments, M&A, new ventures, and partnerships. Prior to joining Mach49, he served as an advisor on early and growth stage technology investments for endowments, foundations, and corporate clients. 

Mike holds a BS in mathematics and economics from Tulane University and a master’s degree in finance and economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.