Mitchell Kokko

Senior Associate, Notre Dame Pit Road Fund



Mitchell is the Senior Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Pit Road Fund, an early stage venture capital fund housed at the University of Notre Dame, where he oversees both front and back-office operations and leads investments for the Fund


In 2018 when the University of Notre Dame raised and launched the Notre Dame Pit Road Fund, Mitchell joined the team as an analyst. Mitchell quickly rose through the ranks, being promoted first to associate and then senior associate.  In his role, he works closely with the Investment Committee and led diligence and investment into deals such as Simba Chain (Seed and Series A), Resonado (Seed), Vital View (Seed), SageSpot (Seed), Grannus Therapeutics (Seed), Frost Technologies (Seed), and many others. Mitchell oversees the management of the investment portfolio and pipeline of deals, term sheets, hiring, training, and oversight of associates and analysts, quarterly and annual reporting, audits, and external relations with investors, LPs, and companies.

Mitchell came to the Notre Dame Pit Road Fund from Ecwid (sold to Lightspeed), the leading e-commerce solutions for small businesses worldwide, where he had served as a Project Lead and Business Development Manager over a two-year span with the company.  While at Ecwid, Mitchell oversaw the successful launch of Ecwid Payments in the United States and the United Kingdom, with over $5M in total merchant payments moved onto the new platform in the first eight months after launch.  Mitchell also worked on the Coca-Cola account, helped launch a new vertical Ecwid for Restaurants, redesigned the Ecwid plugins for the platforms Adobe Muse and WordPress, and guided the redesign of the Ecwid Control Panel used by over 1 million merchants.  In his roles, Mitchell reported directly to Sridhar Nagarajan, the VP and Manager of Direct Business at Ecwid and Jim O’Hara, the President of Ecwid.

Mitchell is a serial entrepreneur, formerly the co-founder and COO of Xstudia and the Founder and CEO of Menerva International Advising. In 2019 Mitchell was the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the South Bend-Elkhart Region in recognition of the success of his personal startups and the work done to advance student entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame.




Mitchell graduated from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with a Bachelors in Business Administration.