Tom Scott, Co-Founder and CEO of The Nantucket Project and Founder of Nantucket Nectars, to Serve as Keynote Speaker at VentureClash Finals Event
Early-stage companies vying for their share of $5 million in venture capital, pitching at Yale School of Management on October 18


ROCKY HILL, Conn., June 7, 2018 – Connecticut Innovations (CI), Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies, today announced that Tom Scott, an award-winning entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Nantucket Nectars and The Nantucket Project, will be the keynote speaker at the VentureClash finals event, to be held on Thursday, October 18, at the Yale School of Management. VentureClash is Connecticut’s $5 million global venture challenge for early-stage companies in digital health, financial technology, insurance technology and the Internet of Things.

“We’re honored to have Tom Scott participate in the keynote fireside chat at the VentureClash competition,” said Matt McCooe, CEO of Connecticut Innovations. “Tom is an established entrepreneur with a tremendous track record of success. I am confident that our early-stage company finalists will benefit tremendously from his wisdom and guidance.”

Tom Scott’s entrepreneurial journey has been as diverse as it has been successful. He is currently the CEO of The Nantucket Project, an annual conference bringing together leading thinkers and decision-makers in an environment designed to spark ideas and conversation that leads to meaningful change.

He began his career by co-founding beverage company Nantucket Nectars, which hit the “Inc. 500” list of fastest-growing U.S. companies five years in a row. After selling to Cadbury Schweppes, Tom turned to filmmaking, directing and producing. His films and television shows have garnered a Film Independent Spirit Award, 16 Emmys, and honors at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. A resident of Connecticut, Tom is also the chairman of the Nantucket Film Festival.

The VentureClash finals event will feature final presentations from 10 of the world’s most promising early-stage companies, with founders pitching their businesses in front of experts, investors, customers and academics engaged in their industries.

For more information on qualifications, requirements, guidelines and application, visit

About VentureClash
Managed by Connecticut Innovations, VentureClash is Connecticut’s global venture challenge focused on early-stage companies. The challenge, launched in 2016, identifies the most promising companies in digital health, fintech, insurtech and the Internet of Things that will compete for investments from a $5 million award pool. For more information, visit

About Connecticut Innovations 
Connecticut Innovations (CI) is Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies. CI provides venture capital and strategic guidance for early-stage technology companies, and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. For more information, please visit