Shield Capital Announces Launch of National Security Venture Capital Fund


  • Shield Capital has announced the successful launch of its first venture capital fund. These are the details.

Shield Capital (SHIELD) has announced the successful launch of its first venture capital fund to help entrepreneurs develop critical technologies for commercial and national security clients. Launched in stealth mode, Shield Capital Fund I, LP surpassed target capitalization of $120 million. SHIELD is operational with a focused investment strategy in four high-growth, cutting-edge technology areas: artificial intelligence, autonomy, cybersecurity and space.

Founded and led by venture capital and national security industry veterans Philip Bilden and Raj Shah, the management team is comprised of seasoned investors and business builders who have founded and grown multiple start-ups. -ups successful and invested in more than 70 companies. Additionally, the SHIELD team has extensive experience and national security networks in the U.S. military, intelligence community, and aerospace and defense industry.

SHIELD portfolio companies utilize the team’s entrepreneurial expertise in building and scaling successful businesses with extensive networks in the national security ecosystem. And SHIELD has invested in and backed innovative companies such as Resilience Insurance, Hawkeye360, Elroy Air, GoSecure, Authentic8, and Rebellion Defense.

SHIELD’s National Security Advisory Council includes Ashton Carter, former Secretary of Defense; LTGEN HR McMaster, USA (retired), former US National Security Advisor; ADM James Stavridis, USN (retired), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Letitia Long, former director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; and Sean Stackley, president, L3 Harris Technologies, former acting secretary of the Navy.


“SHIELD was created to fill an under-competitive but critical gap in the venture capital market and defense industrial base. Our team combines extensive venture capital investing and company founding experience with a deep expertise in highly technical areas to identify and support early-stage innovators who are making a difference in our national security innovation.For the SHIELD team, mission matters.

— Philip Bilden, managing partner and former co-founding member of global private equity firm, HarbourVest Partners

“Startups capable of serving both commercial and national security clients will outperform the market. SHIELD’s targeted, entrepreneur-friendly investment strategy supports these high-growth businesses with scale and market access – ultimately delivering national security innovation for free nations.

— Raj Shah, managing partner, serial entrepreneur and former director of the Defense Innovation Unit, the Pentagon’s flagship innovation organization


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