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About the Institute

Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship

Entrepeneur at work

A Place To Develop and Launch Successful New Ventures

Through a generous long-term, multi-year donation from Dan and Coco Peate, entrepreneurs can now launch and grow business ventures while pursuing an accredited graduate business education at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

To develop value-centered entrepreneurs who create successful businesses through mentorship, advisement, facility support, and education.

Who We Are 

Dan and Coco Peate

Founder and Benefactor

Dan and Coco Peate

Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dan and Coco Peate, Graziadio School students have a unique opportunity to learn business and launch a venture simultaneously at the Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship.


Dan Peate is the founder and general partner of Peate Ventures. He is also the founder of Driav and was founder and CEO of Hixme, a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company. Peate has previously held senior executive roles at Arthur J. Gallagher and Aon. He sits on the boards of Driav, CardiacDirect, and BoomStudios, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and was an intern for the Reagan Presidential Foundation. He and his wife Coco sit on several nonprofit and charitable boards. The couple currently reside in Thousand Oaks, California, with their six children.

John Paglia at Pepperdine Graziadio

Executive Director

John K. Paglia, PhD, CPA, CFA

As Executive Director of the Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Paglia leads entrepreneurial education, business incubation, and venture funding initiatives to help student entrepreneurs launch and accelerate their business ventures. He is also a Professor of Finance at the Graziadio School, having taught MBA-level finance courses for over 15 years.

Faculty Bio