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Bob Creeden, now Executive Director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, is the Founder and former Managing Partner for the Partners Innovation Fund (PIF), at Partners Healthcare in Boston.
In addition to more than 30 years of experience in commercializing new technologies, both as an entrepreneur and investor, Bob has more than 20 years of experience as an early stage venture capitalist in the Boston area. He served as Vice President of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, an early stage venture firm that funds technology-based companies in Massachusetts, and then as General Partner at Egan-Managed Capital, a $150 million dollar Boston-based venture fund. In 2005 his effort to establish and implement the Partners Innovation Fund at Partners HealthCare was the culmination of his success as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and executive. Earlier in his career, Bob gained strategic operating expertise as a COO/CFO with start-up ventures.
While serving in a leadership role on the boards of portfolio companies and developing strong relationships with co-investors from New England and across the country, Bob has reviewed more than 2,500 business plans and invested in more than 40 companies. His portfolio has included companies developing leading-edge technologies in software, telecommunications, life sciences, semiconductors, medical devices, manufacturing and advanced materials. He has extensive experience in putting together syndicates of investors, corporations and third parties to fund technology companies through investment, partnership, joint development and research agreements.
Bob holds an AB in Economics from Holy Cross College and an MBA from Suffolk University, and for six years was a member of the faculty in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program of the Gordon Institute at Tufts University. He is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and a former Chair of the WPI Venture Forum. He has served on the boards of many entrepreneurial organizations in Massachusetts, was recently the Chair and Director of The Capital Network and a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and early-stage investing.