Fund Advisor

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is a Managing Director at University of Illinois Discover Partners Institute. He serves as DPI’s Deputy Executive Officer advising the Director on strategic, administrative and operational needs of the institute. He works with the Director to establish and execute the strategic and business vision for DPI, while overseeing all of the institute’s managerial functions and operations.

Prior to DPI, Matt served as a Managing Director at Cultivian Sandbox Ventures for six years. He helped raise Fund II and Fund III, participated in the investment process, and was on the Board of Directors for AbCelex Technologies. Before that, Matt spent nine years at the University of Michigan, where he was involved and led efforts in entrepreneurship and technology transfer.  At the University of Michigan, Matt was the Director for the Coulter Translational Partnership Fund based within the Biomedical Engineering Department, which provides close to a $1 million annually in translational funding to faculty-originated translational research projects.  Matt also was a member of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer, where he spent several years offering faculty intellectual property advice, regulatory guidance, business mentorship, and business development throughout the campus.

Matt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Crop Sciences and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.