Director, Investments and Venture Acceleration
Connor Seabrook has experienced entrepreneurship from both sides, as an executive of tech-based startups, and as a venture capitalist pursuing rewarding investment opportunities. Through his 30 years of experience growing and funding young enterprises, he brings an especially valuable perspective to his role as GRA’s director of investments and venture acceleration.
GRA helps Georgia’s university researchers turn promising discoveries into successful companies. Connor guides these projects through the process of strategizing and goal-setting, identifying product development milestones and setting a vision for successful business development.
In addition to providing expert advice, Connor manages GRA’s venture loan program, reviewing applications and developing frameworks that tie funding to milestones, which minimizes risk for both investors and entrepreneurs.
Connor also helps manage the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, a public-private venture capital fund that invests in promising young companies. Connor handles administration, reporting and investor questions, and collaborates on fund strategy and oversight.
Before joining GRA, Connor was a partner with Alliance Technology Ventures (ATV), a $250 million venture capital partnership. Previously, he was CFO of Aspen Venture Partners, a $150 million venture capital fund, and an associate with 3i Ventures, part of 3i Group, a publicly-traded private equity firm based in London.
His business experience also includes senior management roles at a number of companies, including publicly traded AtheroGenics and Inhibitex, and experience with Goldman Sachs & Company and the U.S. Trust Company of New York.
Connor earned an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Trinity College.