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Greg McKee

President and CEO, CONNECT

Greg McKee has been the CEO of CONNECT, a business accelerator that that links technology, life sciences inventors and entrepreneurs with capital, since 2014. San Diego’s oldest startup accelerator, in 2017 CONNECT won a contract to partner with the city on a new publicly-funded accelerator program for startups. The accelerator will include a coworking space, resources for entrepreneurs, and potentially seed capital for young companies. The city set aside $2.5 million to start the project. Connect won the bid in partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, which will house the program. Mckee previously held president and CEO positions at Nventa Biopharmaceuticals and other leadership positions abroad in Singapore and Japan.

ALMA MATER: University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania

CHALLENGES: One of his most recent challenges was assimilating back to the U.S. after leaving Japan.

ADVICE: “Think big.”

AFTER HOURS: He enjoys open ocean swimming and alpine climbing.