Carl N. Grant, III is Executive Vice President, Business Development, responsible for leading an eleven-person business development team firmwide. He joined the Firm in 2002 and is resident in the Reston office.
Mr. Grant is known as a super-connector in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is focused on assisting growth-oriented companies achieve their goals through practical business solutions, strategic business advice and high-impact, targeted referrals to sources of financing, potential partners, key hires, potential buyers/sellers and other high-end service providers. Mr. Grant also advises companies on the best use of team-based, business-oriented legal solutions. In addition to his duties at Cooley, Mr. Grant is also a Founding Managing Director for Kiwi Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund. He is the winner of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) 2013 Hot Ticket Awards Friend of the Entrepreneur Award and was a finalist for the 2012 NVTC Entrepreneur Navigator Award honoring the unsung heroes who have mentored and advised entrepreneurs and startups in the DC region.
Mr. Grant previously served as Executive Director-Technology Industry for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the world's largest professional services firm where he led the business development in the DC Metro Region and drove unprecedented growth. Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Grant managed the Capital Attraction Program for Fairfax County EDA, an initiative that more than doubled the number of venture capital funds in that county. Immediately before joining Cooley, Mr. Grant served as Vice President, Business Development for two venture capital-backed technology companies in the northern Virginia area, EYECAST Corporation and cyberCFO. Mr. Grant was also a Director in a division of Multimedia, Inc. leading up to and through Gannett's $1.7 billion acquisition of the company.
Mr. Grant was as a Founding Board Member of Founders Bank starting in March 2006 through its sale to SONABank in December 2007. As an initial bank organizer, investor and director for a new community bank located in Loudoun County, Virginia, Mr. Grant was actively involved with the capital raising, business plan development and the regulatory approval process. The efforts required professional reviews, bank director training and background security checks from the FDIC, OCC and FBI. At present, Mr. Grant is a member of SONABank's Advisory Board.
Mr. Grant served over 10 years in the Army National Guard and Reserve as an Airborne Infantry Officer, where he achieved the rank of Major. As Public Affairs Officer for the 29th Infantry Division -- a five-state, 11,000 soldier unit -- he was responsible for media relations, community relations and command information. Mr. Grant led a number of successful overseas public affairs missions during his two tours to Central America, and was awarded the Virginia Bronze Star for meritorious service as Aide to the Adjutant General of Virginia.
Mr. Grant is Chairman of the Board and President of High Tech Prayer Breakfast - DC Metro, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that hosts an annual breakfast attended by as many as 800 people and serves on the Board of Directors for Catoctin Bible Church. Mr. Grant previously served as a Commissioner for the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, the Board of Directors for Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI) and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) National Capital Chapter. He is an active member of NVTC, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) and ACG.
Mr. Grant holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a BSJ with honors from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and is a Private Pilot.