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Cathy Connett

Cathy Connett

CEO

Sofia Fund

Trusted professional adviser to small and medium sized business executives needing to transform their businesses. Significant experience in planning for and implementing changes ...both internal and external. Experienced transactional executive able to raise difficult issues, help leadership teams to develop strategies, and ...

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Sofia Fund

CEO

Sofia Fund is a $4M angel fund investing in early stage, women-led technology based companies that are scalable. We have a particular focus on information technology, business products and services, clean technology, health and wellness, and other technologies. More info at www.sofiafund.com

Great team... great business... attracting VC dollars to the Twin Cities....

The Series A round was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures and comes as the company adds jobs and seeks space for a new headquarters.

Kidizen lands 3 2m in vc ramps up hiring

CorConnections

Founder and President

CorConnections, founded and led by Cathy Connett, specializes in enabling and advancing the actions leading to successful growth outcomes for businesses. Through the combination of critical situational assessments, the development of creative strategies that optimize resources, and the enhancements resulting from the building of a cohesive team, CorConnections successfully guides businesses through new business initiatives, equity infusions, ownership transitions, and the building of alliances and partnerships, which often need intervention to initiate and accelerate. Cathy has developed her expertise through more than 35 years of B2B experience working in a variety of roles for small as well as large companies. She has successfully negotiated deals for smaller businesses and 3M that optimized both financial as well as business outcomes, developed new business opportunities in a variety of industries, and created / implemented business transition plans including succession plans and company sales for family held businesses. An effective negotiator, she utilizes creativity and tactics to produce positive outcomes such as negotiating the equivalent of $5M of funding assistance from a large industry player for an entrepreneurial start-up in exchange for limited marketing rights to the start-up’s new technology instead of an equity position.

Vixar, ISE, MDI, Hot Shot Products, Smarte Carte

Board of Directors

Almost 20 years of board service on both private company and non-profit Boards of Directors. Bring range of experience and best practices of governance to boards. Experienced with private equity funded and family businesses. Chaired boards as well as governance and HR committees, served on audit and compensation committees.

Board Service Includes:
For Profit: Vixar, Hot Shot Products, Smarte Carte, Woodland Container
Non-Profit: MDI, HBS Alumni Association, ISE, MWER, J J Hill Library, MN Project Innovation