Thomas N.

Founder & President | Venture Acceleration

United States of America

After creating my 1st US venture capital tech fund in 1986, I took the Michigan fund model to Canada in 1992, ‘missionary’ selling it to investors & creating my 1st international fund. From Canada, I ...see more

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  • Professional Services


  • Pre-vetted expert
  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice


Advisor, Venture Acceleration

Georgia Innovation & Technology Agency (GITA), Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Dev., Tbilisi
5 months
Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
To All: This is a new short-term advisory project of Innovative Ventures Inc, not exactly new employment/new job. My firm Innovative Ventures Inc., won an int'l tender to provide star...see more

Member Board Of Directors

Early Stage Venture Investment Corp
2 years
Dec 2015 - Dec 2017
In 2016 I accepted Governor R. Snyder's 2-year appointment to the Board, deliver my venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), international & emerging market corporate governance exper...see more


Western Michigan Univ & (b4) Spartan Innovations (Michigan State Univ)
4 years
Dec 2013 - Dec 2017
Incubate university technologies, determine strategy for commercialization (licensing or start-up) or abandon. If start-up, create the project and the team; translate research (ideas a...see more

Member Board of Directors, International Science & Commercialization Board

Ministry of Education & Science, Republic of Kazakhstan
6 years
Jun 2010 - Dec 2015
Appointed by Kazakhstani Minister of Science Tuymabayev to Int’l Science & Commercialization Board, delivering VC, transparency & int’l corporate governance in the management & investme...see more

Independent Director, Member of the Board of Directors

Suntyco (Russia) & Sunty (Cyprus) investment of Tata (Mumbai, India), EBRD & Celeste Holdings
3 years
Jul 2009 - Aug 2012
Elected sole non-executive director (NED) of this food/beverage joint venture (JV) & its Cyprus holding company; shareholders include Tata Group (Mumbai, India), European Bank for Recon...see more

Co-Founder & Member, Board of Directors

3 years
Jun 2009 - Jun 2012
Elected NED & Chair of this supplier of outsourcing services to multinational firms Three (3) year appointment, 2009-2012 Contributions/results: 1) Establish the Board, policies/proce...see more

Member, Board of Directors

Association of Independent Directors, Moscow, Russia
4 years
May 2008 - Jul 2012
Non-profit trade association. Elected NED by members of the Association Three (3) year appointment, 2008-2010, re-elected in 2011 for one additional year Contributions/results: 1) Secó...see more

Advisor to Rusnano + Member Board of Directors Zelenograd Nanocenter (investment of Rusnano)

Russian Corporation of Nanotechnology
3 years
Apr 2008 - Apr 2011
Senior advisor to Rusnano (from 2008-2011) with $10B assets under management (AUM) & elected NED to Rusnano’s Zelenograd Nanocenter, developing nanotech products for electronics & semi-...see more

Independent Director, Member, Board of Directors

Sotsgorbank, Moscow, Russia
3 years
Jun 2007 - May 2010
Elected as 1st foreign NED by American & Russian shareholders in this former pocket bank of a construction company. Appointed to deliver investment, operating and int’l skills in mana...see more

VC Investor, Member, Board of Directors,

Investee Companies of Lower Volga Regional Venture Fund & The US Russia Investment Fund
3 years
Apr 1997 - Nov 1999
Investee Companies include: 1) MRCI, Sakhalin Russia / Seattle, WA, USA: Supplier of seafood products to Asian & US markets. Growth stage enterprise, $10MM equity investment. Exit thru ...see more

Non Executive Director, Independent Director, Board of Directors

Multiple Companies in Multiple Industries , USA & Int'l
32 years
Sep 1986 - Sep 2018
Chair & Independent Director experience. 1. Founder/Chair, IVI, since 1986, increased AUM from $4MM to $500MM 2. NED + Audit/Risk Mgt. & Strategy Committees, Sotsgorbank, Sunty & Sunty...see more

Founder & President

Innovative Ventures Inc.
36 years
Current position
May 1986 - Present
A sample of my achievements & diverse experiences: 1. Role Model the Path to Being a Global Enterprise After creating my 1st US VC fund in 1986, I took the Michigan model to Canada in 1...see more

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Financial Services Banking & Insurance
  • Professional Services


  • Joint Ventures
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Investments
  • Due Diligence
  • Program Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Executive Management
  • Corporate Development