Advisory Board Member
Venetia Kontogouris is the managing director of Venkon Group LLC, a company that invests in real estate and early stage ventures, with an emphasis on technology and cloud-based services. Current investments include Zumigo, Ruby Seven Studios, Flow Inc., Be Health, Energy Savvy, and Simple Mills.
Prior to her employment with Venkon Group, Kontogouris was the senior managing director for Trident Capital, where she oversaw venture capital investing. She was one of the original members and co-managing partner for Funds IV, V, and VI with over $1.5 billion of venture investments under management. During her time at Trident Capital, she was responsible for many successful investments and exits including, Odyssey Logistics, Outsource Partners International, Microland, Advantec, Infotrieve, Sphere, Viant, Daou Systems, Vality, PBN/Taleo, IPro, Invention Machine, and CrossMedia.
She was previously the president of Dun & Bradstreet Enterprises, where she headed a joint venture capital fund with Bain Capital. Together they had numerous successful investments, including Dataware, eData Resources, eCredit, OneSource, WEFA, and Aspect Development. Kontogouris was also responsible for creating a successful IPO of the leading IT outsourcing company, Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Kontogouris is a member of the Board of Trustees for Northeastern University, as well as a board member for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She is a member of C200, which is an organization of leading businesswomen in the United States. She is also a chairperson for the investment committee of Monterey Capital, an education-focused investment fund based in Mumbai with over $100 million under management.
She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and her M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.