Frank Bonsal Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Investments
  • 6
  • Portfolio
  • 2
  • Exits
  • 4

Frank Bonsal General Information


Mr. Frank Bonsal is the Founder of Bonsal Capital. Mr. Bonsal also served as Manager at Red Abbey Capital Partners. Mr. Bonsal also serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship at Towson University Foundation. Mr. Bonsal is also a Co-Founder & serves as the Managing Partner at the Education Capital Group. He was also a founding partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the country's largest venture capital firms. During his tenure at NEA, Mr. Bonsal served on the Board of Directors of a number of life sciences companies, including Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASPM), Biopure Corporation (NASDAQ: BPUR), Cantab Pharmaceuticals PLC (acquired by Xenova Group PLC), GeneScreen, Inc. (acquired by Orchid Biosciences, Inc.), IBAH, Inc. (acquired by Omnicare, Inc.), Molecular Tool, Inc. (acquired by Orchid Biosciences, Inc.), Synaptic Pharmaceuticals Corporation (acquired by H. Lundbeck A/S), and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX). Additionally, Mr. Bonsal played an active role in a number of NEA's life sciences investments, including Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS), Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc. (acquired by Life Technologies, Inc.), Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Elan Corporation), GelTex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme General), Genetic Therapy, Inc. (acquired by Sandoz), Pyxis Corporation (acquired by Cardinal Health, Inc.) and Sepracor, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEPR). Mr. Bonsal has been a key investor and advisor in a number of venture capital firms during his career, including Amadeus Capital Partners, Boulder Ventures, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Sterling Venture Partners, Trellis Ventures, Venturehouse and Windward Ventures. He also served as Advisor at Fairfax Partners and actively provides capital for each of the firm's investments. Mr. Bonsal is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Endowment Board. Also, Mr. Bonsal serves on the Board of Directors of a technology company, Ceratech, as well as an investment advisory firm, Brown Investment Advisory and Trust Co. Prior to co-founding NEA in 1978, Mr. Bonsal was a General Partner of Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. Mr. Bonsal received a BA in Economics from Princeton University in 1959. He also serves as Advisor at Novak Biddle Venture Partners. He also serves as Advisor at Emerging Technology Partners.

Contact Information

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • 1340 Smith Avenue
  • Suite 200
  • Baltimore, MD 21209
  • United States

Frank Bonsal Investments (6)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
VirtaMove 05-Mar-2014 Later Stage VC 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000 00.
00000000000 06-Feb-2014 0000 00000 00.000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000 00.
00000000 13-Aug-2013 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000 00.
000000000 23-May-2005 00000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000 00.
Engenia Software 24-Jul-2000 Early Stage VC 000.00 Database Software Out of Business 00000 000000 00.
Network Storage Solutions 10-Mar-2000 Early Stage VC 000 Storage (IT) Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg
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Frank Bonsal Exits (4)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Citelighter 05-May-2017 Merger/Acquisition
000000000 01-Jul-2007 000000000000000000
Engenia Software 22-Nov-2006 Out of Business
Network Storage Solutions 09-Jul-2005 Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg
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Frank Bonsal Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Frank Bonsal Jr. Angel Investor 0 0 0 Baltimore, MD
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