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Matthew McCooe

Lecturer in the Practice of Management

Matt manages Connecticut Innovations' venture capital funds, loans and programs to support entrepreneurs and startups. CI has over 200 portfolio companies and $300M in assets under management. Matt has more than 25 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management. Matt represents CI on various boards including Tantalus Systems, Vouchr, Curacity, and Sema4, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board for CTNext and the CT Biosciences $200MM Fund.

Matt comes to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a NYC technology venture capital firm. At CVP, Matt led investments, sat on the boards of directors and played an operating role in turnarounds for several highly successful high growth technology companies. Prior to CVP, Matt was the Managing Director of Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund. During his tenure, 11 companies went public or were acquired by publicly traded companies.

Prior to Columbia, Matt co-founded Eureka Networks, a communications and application software organization which was sold for $110M. Earlier in his career, he managed product development, sales and marketing, and new product roll-outs for two Fortune 500 companies, Becton Dickinson and MCI. As a national sales leader at MCI, he rose to become marketing manager. Matt launched MCI's flagship voice and data products for Avantel, the company’s joint venture in Latin America. Both Eureka and Avantel’s revenues reached $100M+.

Matt earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Boston College. Upon graduation, Matt worked for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and then co-founded a startup beverage company. Matt serves as a technology and business reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the US Defense Dept. where he identifies and helps emerging technology companies meet the government's requirements. He also serves on the Board of SkySong Innovations, the innovation arm of Arizona State University (ASU) and until their recent sale to S&P Global, Greenwich Associates, one of Wall Street's older and more prestigious advisory firms.


Education

MBA, Columbia University, 1999
BA, Boston College, 1990