A Skilled Venture Team

with the Experience, Passion and Capital to Fuel Your Success.


MassVentures provided us with critical support during our first year of operation, both in terms of funding and external validation. This helped us transition our grid optimization technology from academia to commercial application. Since then, the MassVentures team has continued to support us with resources, the most valuable of which has been advice from its incredibly experienced team.

Pablo Ruiz

Founder and CEO, NewGrid

MassVentures has been an invaluable partner to my company, florrent, and a true driving force behind the Massachusetts innovation ecosystem. MassVentures' role extends far beyond mere financial backing; their extensive industry connections, government affiliations, and support in securing non-dilutive grants have been crucial to our growth. From facilitating key connections to providing invaluable advice, MassVentures has proven to be an exceptional partner.

Jose LaSalle

Founder and CEO, florrent


MassVentures Team

Charlie Hipwood, President and CEO

Vinit Nijhawan, Managing Director

Priya Yadav, Vice President Investments

Stacy Swider, Vice President Investments

Myron Kassaraba, Vice President Investments

Sienna Leis, Venture Development Manager

Whitney Leslie, Portfolio Analytics & Investor Relations Manager


Board of Directors

Yvonne Hao, Chair

Secretary of Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Aditya Basheer

Assistant Secretary at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office for Administration & Finance (A&F) 

Ben Linville-Engler

Deputy Director and Chief Investment Strategist, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Rene Jarquin, Vice Chairman

Partner and CIO at Single Point Partners

Janice O'Reilly, Treasurer

Partner, AAFCPAs Managed Accounting Solutions

Bill Asher, Secretary

Retired Partner from Choate, Hall, and Stewart

Melissa James

CEO, Tech Connection

Cynthia Bouthot

President of Space Commerce Matters

Dwight Schultheis

Head of Strategy and Partnerships Lively

Justin Griffin

Business and Communications Consultant

Michael Valanzola

Senior Director at Dell Technologies

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