Patricia Meagher

Technology Business Advisor

CT Small Business Development Center


Patty is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurs. In 2009 she was noted in Quora as “one of the great women to know in the NYC venture space”‚Äč. She had just completed what would become a multi $100mm exit, her final deal at Dakota Ventures. In 2010 she decided to immerse herself in the building of Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem (CTnext). She Founded the Stamford Innovation Center, which launched in early 2012, and was honored with a CT Woman of Innovation nomination. Her career includes 20+ years in Venture Capital, Investment Banking, and Technology, as an Investor, Advisor, & Business Development Professional.

In October 2013 Patty accepted her final role within the ecosystem, as a Technology Business Advisor with the CTSBDC, where she works with high growth IT, BioTech & ‘Green’Tech startups. In the 1st 4 years her portfolio companies have raised ~ $90mm in venture capital.

Patty is a member of the Angel Investor Forum, serves on the Global Advisory Board for Astia (providing capital, connections & guidance for women entrepreneurs), and is part of the StartUp Champions Network for ecosystem builders. She was a Principal with Dakota Ventures (leading the AdChina deal for Dakota, which exited to Alibaba in 2015), and a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Mentor. She spearheaded Fairfield County’s 1st StartUp Weekend, and was on StartUp CT’s BOD.

In previous roles Patty worked in European Equity Sales & Research for two UK Investment Banks, Dresdner/Kleinwort, and HSBC/James Capel, where she was a member of the highly ranked European Electronics team. She was the Director of Business Development at the New England Consulting Group, a Financial Analyst at Petner Asset Management, and started her career as a Manager at AT&T and a Marketing Rep at IBM.

She holds a Masters Degree from Wharton and did her undergraduate work at Colorado College and CU-Boulder…a city that has now emerged as a Mecca for entrepreneurs.