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Duane C. McKnight

DC Inclusive Innovation Fund
General Partner

Mr. McKnight is a founding member of MFP, the general partner of the DC Inclusive Innovation Fund, LP (“DCIIF”), an early stage growth equity fund focused on tech-enabled companies headed by underrepresented entrepreneurs. He was previously one the Managing Members of Syncom Venture Management Company, LLC, (“SVMC”).  SVMC is an early stage investment advisory firm that most recently managed a group of media and mediatech related venture capital funds that were primarily focused on investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs. SVMC managed a total of four investment funds with assets exceeding $450 million from 1990 - 2018. Mr. McKnight served in a variety of portfolio board positions and leadership roles over his tenure with the firm and its affiliates.  Many of Syncom’s most successful investments were made in the local area, including 4 companies that had IPO exits: BET, Radio One, Worldspace (Sirius/XM Radio), and Iridium Satellite. 

Mr. McKnight joined Syncom as a senior analyst following a three-year stint managing a corporate SBIC fund owned by Sunoco. Syncom originally had $10 million in private capital under management and went on to generate over $140 million in distributions for stakeholders over a 22-year period. Mr. McKnight was instrumental in the fund yielding a 20% compounded annual return to shareholders during that time. He became a principal at SVMC and partner at Syncom in 1990.