CONNECT, San Diego’s original high-tech business accelerator, announced Thursday that CEO Greg McKee will be stepping down after five years.
McKee, who is pursing a new venture, will continue as a director or the nonprofit organization. His duties will be temporarily assumed by board chair Tim Scott.
“I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to lead CONNECT following Duane Roth and Bill Otterson in serving the innovation community in San Diego,” McKee said. “Being able to contribute to this vibrant ecosystem has been a great privilege, and I look forward to seeing CONNECT continue to grow and support startups.”
McKee is co-founding Torrent Ventures, which will invest in early stage Southern California companies in the life sciences and digital health sectors.
“In my next step, I am excited to remain connected to San Diego’s startup ecosystem and provide opportunities for it to thrive,” he said.
Under McKee’s leadership, CONNECT has secured more than $3 million in grant funding and graduated over 65 technology and life sciences companies from its Springboard program.
CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since its founding 1985.
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