Mark E. Watson is an investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

His mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs building purpose-driven, innovative, technology-enabled companies.

He does this through Aquila Capital Partners, a proprietary capital investment fund he founded in 1998. Through Aquila, Mark and his team have invested in companies ranging from a fintech small consumer lending firm, to a conversational AI platform, to a physician-dispensed skincare line.

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Prides himself on supporting the entrepreneurs Aquila invests in not only with capital, but with IP, as well


Especially knowledgeable in helping companies scale


At the request of company leadership, become more involved in guiding and advising the company than a typical investor


Alongside his work with Aquila, Mark is deeply invested in philanthropy through the foundation he created with his wife, AnaPaula Vasquez. Through the foundation, Mark and AnaPaula give to organizations devoted to changing outcomes for disadvantaged children across the United States as well as in Bermuda.

Prior to setting up the foundation, Mark and AnaPaula supported multiple charities focused on children, including food banks, school-based nonprofits, dance schools, and others.


Over the course of Mark’s career, which spans three decades, he built two public companies and took one from insolvent to $3 billion in revenue. He’s also credited with creating a new approach to specialty insurance and reinsurance.

Mark writes regularly on topics including the future of work, small business recovery, sustainability for businesses, leadership and philanthropy.