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Karen Kerr

Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures

Karen Kerr

Karen leads a team at GE Ventures focused on making investments and developing partnerships in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Karen has two decades of experience in developing technology-based businesses and venture investing and is a member of the Charter Class of Kauffman Fellows.

Previously Karen served as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation where she was responsible for accelerating the formation of startup companies out of university research. Before joining USC, Karen served as Director of Business Development, Targeted Acquisitions for Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) Invention Investment Fund and before that was the US Head of Business Development for IV’s Invention Development Fund (IDF). Earlier, Karen founded Agile Equities, a venture development company, where she advised venture firms, university technology transfer offices, and startups. Previously she was a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners and an associate at both Patricof & Co. and ARCH Development Corporation.

Karen is a member of the C200 leading business women and in 2000 was selected by Crain’s Chicago business as one of the 40 under 40 leading business professionals in Chicago.

Karen holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, where she currently serves as Trustee.

Karen is a director of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, and is a member of both the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee and the Florida Technological Research & Development Authority Advisory Board. She also serves on the Physical Sciences Division Visiting Committee at the University of Chicago, and previously served as director of the Chicago Public Education Fund.