NS2 Ventures

Our Value to NS2 Customers

  • Supporting and partnering with emerging data, analytics, security, and cloud technology companies to accelerate innovation
  • Pairing cutting edge innovation with the scalability and reliability of SAP platforms to solve our customers’ mission-critical challenges

Our Value to Partners

  • Go-To-Market support from the world’s leading enterprise application software company and its global salesforce
  • Secure cloud delivery solutions to enable our partners to extend their reach to the most demanding requirements and customers
  • Flexible capital solutions with a focus on generating joint revenue opportunities and long-term value creation

Our Key Investment Criteria

  • Complementary to NS2’s market focus and customer base
  • Market-ready and customer-validated IP with applicability to both national security and commercial markets
  • Post-revenue with highly scalable business model
  • Exceptional management

Our Investments

Meet the Team

Andrew Drake

Vice President of Strategic Investments

Drew has 20 years of industry and corporate finance experience and has played leading roles in a wide range of corporate transactions with a cumulative value exceeding $2.5B.

Drew currently leads M&A and corporate venture investing for SAP National Security Services (NS2), an independent subsidiary of SAP. Prior to NS2, he served as Corporate Development Officer and Assistant Treasurer at SRA International, where he oversaw all acquisitions, divestitures, capital markets and other treasury functions.

Drew started his transactional career as a senior staff member on Lockheed Martin’s Corporate M&A team and with an early stage venture capital firm while in business school. Before business school, Drew worked at CACI and Grant Thornton.

Drew received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University in Industrial Engineering and his MBA from the University of Maryland College Park.

Chuck Ashley

Senior Director of Strategic Investments

Chuck Ashley has more than twenty years of experience in M&A, corporate finance, and venture investing as a corporate development executive, investment banker and securities lawyer. Over the course of his career, he has closed nearly one hundred corporate finance transactions.

Before joining NS2, Chuck ran Titan Growth Strategies LLC, an outsourced corporate development advisory firm serving enterprise software and IT services firms. Prior to starting Titan, he spent five years at BMC Software developing and executing BMC’s inorganic growth strategy. Earlier in his career he held senior positions as a technology-focused investment banker.

Chuck earned his B.A. degree from UCLA and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, in addition to completing graduate coursework at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He also holds a CFA Charter.

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