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Robert J. Creeden

Managing Director, UVA Seed Fund & New Ventures
creeden@virginia.edu
(434) 924-0462

Bob Creeden joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group in September 2016 as its first Managing Director of the UVA Seed Fund & New Ventures. Bob was the optimum candidate for the position for his experience in launching the Partners Innovation Fund at Partners HealthCare in Boston, one of the first academic medical center venture funds of its kind in the country, and for his interest in integrating the UVA Seed Fund with professional education at the UVA Darden School of Business.

Bob is tasked with building initiatives to identify opportunities for the creation of high-quality ventures based on new technologies in the LVG portfolio, recruiting talented executives, and entrepreneurs-in-residence, along with mentoring and advising newly formed companies.

Bob has also established a healthy pipeline to Darden through his curriculum course called Due Diligence in Seed Funds. The course is offered to second year students offering exposure to venture capitalism, a focus area rarely found in MBA curriculums. Creeden’s pilot course at Darden was so successful it ignited plans to expand it from a single semester to a year-long course in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

In addition to the course, Bob has developed a Seed Fund summer internship available to rising second year Darden students who are interested in the venture capitalism industry. Students work directly with Bob to vet possible Seed Fund investments, honing technical skills, expanding their industry knowledge, and experiencing the work of an associate at a traditional venture fund.

Prior to joining LVG, Bob most recently served as the founding executive director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in the North Carolina Research Triangle. His efforts helped strengthen the area’s business environment, resulting in early-stage and seed investment of more than $60 million.

Having recently relocated to Charlottesville, Bob and his wife enjoy exploring the area together. His offices are located in the incubator space of the LVG offices, and he can often be found socializing with the Darden interns asking for restaurant and entertainment recommendations.

Education:

M.B.A., Suffolk University

B.A., Economics, Holy Cross College