Building the next generation of innovative, tech-enabled companies

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Launched in the 1990’s by Mark E. Watson III, Aquila Capital Partners backs talented entrepreneurs creating transformational companies. We provide financial and intellectual capital, taking a collaborative approach to building businesses that will shape the world for generations to come.

One of Watson’s early investments was in Argo Group (NYSE:ARGO), in the specialty underwriting sector, twenty years ago. At the time, Argo was a $300 million underwriter nearing insolvency. Fast-forward two decades, Argo is now a thriving public company, with 10 times more revenue, clients in 60 countries, and thousands of new jobs created.

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Mark E. Watson III

Mark E Watson III is a creator and builder. An investor and serial entrepreneur for over three decades, and a noted philanthropist, Watson has built two public companies and is credited with pioneering a new approach to specialty insurance and reinsurance.

Through Aquila Capital Partners, a proprietary capital investment fund founded in 1998, Watson backs the next generation of entrepreneurs building innovative, technology-enabled companies.

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Mark Watson proposes government reinsurance backstop for pandemic

Attempts to stimulate the US economy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will not work without the introduction of a government reinsurance backstop for pandemic, according to Mark Watson, founder and principal of Aquila Capital Partners and former CEO of Argo...

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How to Invest $1 Million Right Now

Where would you invest one million dollars in today’s economic client? In this article, Mark Watson, founder of Aquila Capital Partners, explains why investing in ecosystems is the way to go. 

True Evolution in Insurance? Not Yet

True innovation in the insurance industry is still a ways away. We must move beyond tweaking our products and procedures and learn to better serve our customers.

The Future Of Work In Post-Pandemic America

The pandemic changed the way we think about work. In a post-pandemic world, what is the future of work? Our everyday business strategies have changed, causing companies to pivot, adapt, and embrace change, according to Mark E. Watson, founder and chairman of Aquila...

How to Effectively Scale Your Business: A Case Study With Mark E Watson

Building a business isn’t easy, but according to investor and entrepreneur Mark E. Watson III, scaling a company involves one potentially surprising factor: simplicity. How can leaders set their company up for success by simplifying their methods and processes? Read...

5 Timeless Tips For Fail-Proof Resilience

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, it caused 1,800 deaths and some USD125 billion in damage, flooding about 80% of New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time, it was one of the costliest hurricanes ever recorded.

Mark Watson proposes government reinsurance backstop for pandemic

Attempts to stimulate the US economy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will not work without the introduction of a government reinsurance backstop for pandemic, according to Mark Watson, founder and principal of Aquila Capital Partners and former CEO of Argo...