Matt McCooe manages Connecticut Innovations’ full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. A veteran business executive, Mr. McCooe has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management.
Mr. McCooe came to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a New York City–based technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, he led investments and played an operating role in turnarounds for several successful portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, Mr. McCooe was a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch and manage a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund. During his tenure, 11 portfolio companies went public or were acquired by publicly traded companies.
Prior to Columbia, Mr. McCooe co-founded Eureka Networks, a communications and application software organization. Eureka was eventually sold for more than $100 million. Prior to that, he managed product development, new product roll-outs, and sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, Becton Dickinson and MCI.
Mr. McCooe has also served as a business and technology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Energy, and various other agencies in the U.S. government. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.