MATH Venture Partners (MATH) is pleased to announce Neal Sáles-Griffin has joined the investment team as Venture Partner. Neal is the current Managing Director of Techstars Chicago and will be joining MATH part-time to source and diligence investments for our MATH100 portfolio while continuing in his role at Techstars.
Neal is an entrepreneur, investor, teacher and non-profit leader. Neal grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. During and following college, Neal had several start-up journeys and two venture capital experiences before teaching himself to code. In 2011, Neal co-founded the first beginner-focused, in-person coding bootcamp. After seeing the impact that technology and entrepreneurship can have on people, jobs and communities, Neal has become a well-known non-profit and civic leader in Chicago, including running for mayor in 2018/2019. In his current role at Techstars, Neal focuses on building successful technology businesses as a way to foster innovation and fuel job creation. Read more about Neal’s story here.
“I have known Neal since he was first a student, then a teaching assistant in my Entrepreneurship class at Northwestern,” said Troy Henikoff, Managing Director. “He shares our belief that companies with an unfair advantage in customer acquisition will outperform.”
“Neal is one of those rare people that sees possibilities rather than problems,” added Dana Wright, Managing Director. “He is a unique combination of drive and empathy fueled with an unwavering belief that each of us has a duty to make a positive difference in the world. Founders are especially drawn to him and we are honored to have him join our investment team.”
Please join us in welcoming Neal!