As Interim Executive Director of UT System Office of Technology Commercialization and the UT Horizon Fund, Mr. Vijay serves as the technology commercialization principal under Patricia Hurn, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. He directs access to resources and shared services necessary for commercialization of technology.
A key role for Mr. Vijay is to lead due diligence review and requirements for investment into UT startup companies. Capitalized in 2011 with a $10 million investment and recapitalized in 2013 with an additional $12.5 million, the UT Horizon Fund serves as the strategic venture fund to act as catalyst for commercialization. Focus is placed on investments that serve UT System’s dual mission: strategic mission to commercialize technology and financial mission to provide a return on investment to UT System institutions. Since starting the UT Horizon Fund in 2012, the UT Horizon Fund makes investments ranging from seed investments to late stage, from a broad class of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, medical device, nanotechnology, communications and web media.
Prior to his position at UT System, Jeet worked in the role of investment director for a U.S. based emerging markets focused Private Equity fund where he was responsible for developing and managing the South Asia, Middle East, and Greece portfolio. Jeet also has corporate experience in the domains of strategic planning, financial analysis, and international expansion acquired while working for or consulting with companies in retailing and energy sector.
His academic background includes Bachelor's in Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin (UT), Master's in Energy Resource Management from UT Austin, and MBA from Rice University. He is a level 2 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) candidate and he holds Series 7, 79 and Series 66 (equivalent of 63 & 65) Securities Licenses.
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