Nicholas Darby, Venture Partner
Nick Darby is a venture partner of Rho Ventures. A founding member and director of more than 12 years at the Corporate Venture Capital Group at Dow Chemical, he brings considerable expertise in new business development and evaluating and shaping nascent companies for venture investing.
Nick joined Rho in 2009 and focuses on investments in energy and related technologies. At Dow Chemical, he was responsible for numerous investments in corporate spin-outs and university-based start-up companies, primarily in the physical sciences. Prior to the Dow VC Group, he was an executive in Dow Chemical Canada’s research and development and in corporate new business development. He directed programs in numerous industries and diverse markets, such as energy generation, advanced materials and electronics (including information displays, data storage, compound semiconductors, organic electronics and packaging/interconnect).
Nick received post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia and was a fellow at University College, London. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. with honors from Queen’s University, Canada. He is currently a board member at MaRS Innovation, an innovative approach to commercializing technology from the major Toronto research institutions. He also serves as an investment reviewer for the State of Michigan Pre-Seed Fund.
Nick’s personal interests include music, modern English literature, science and ideology and artisanal bread baking.