Robert Creeden, a veteran investor who has helped commercialize numerous technologies over a 30-year career, will lead the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in the Triangle.

Creeden is founder and managing director of Partners Innovation Fund.

The program, which was announced in April, is a collaborative effort of several Triangle universities as well as the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the intent of the network is to mentor and launch new companies. The foundation has committed $3.6 million to the program. It is affiliated with the Blackstone private equity group.

Creeden will team with what Blackstone calls “master entrepreneurs” in working with new companies.

“Bob’s phenomenal success with PIF, his extensive management record and his ability to bring new connections and networks to North Carolina was a compelling combination.” The selection committee included representatives from each of the partner organizations,” said Judith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was a member of the selection committee.

Reed Creeden’s bio here.

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