Matt McCooe

CEO at Connecticut Innovations

Matt manages Connecticut Innovations’ venture investment funds, loans and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. CI has over 150 portfolio companies and $300M in assets under management. A veteran business executive, Matt has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management. Matt represents CI on the boards of Dream Payments, Tantalus Systems and r4, as well as CTNext, and the CT Technology Council.

Matt comes to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a NYC technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, Matt led investments, sat on the boards of directors and played an operating role in turnarounds for several high growth technology companies. Prior to CVP, Matt was at 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+.

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