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Patrick Ennis

Madrona Venture Group

Patrick has more than 30 years of experience as a scientist, engineer, and venture capitalist. He joined Madrona Venture Group in 2019 as a Venture Partner. Patrick was at Intellectual Ventures for more than 10 years running seed investments, startup incubation and technology commercialization around the world with a special focus on Asian markets.

Previously Patrick was a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners where he funded and built early stage startups for ten years. His investments included Impinj (Nasdaq: PI), and Innovalight (acquired by DuPont).

Prior to joining the venture capital industry as a Kauffman Fellow in 1998, he held positions with Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Labs. Patrick led engineering projects for software development, speech recognition, network design and operations. He also worked in product management for the optical networking business and marketing where he led new product launches.

Before joining Bell Labs, Patrick conducted research in Nuclear Physics in North America and Europe. He published many articles in scientific journals including The Physical Review, Zeitschrift für Physik and Nuclear Instruments and Methods.

Patrick has served on many corporate, educational, and non-profit boards. He is an inventor on several patents, has written extensively about innovation and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

His degrees include: a PhD, MS, and MPhil in Physics from Yale, an MBA from Wharton, and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from the College of William and Mary where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Patrick Ennis is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and served his fellowship under mentor Bob Nelsen at ARCH Venture Partners in Seattle, WA. He served as a mentor to Dave Rosenberg (Class 22) of GE Ventures.