The Missouri Technology Corporation Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Jack Scatizzi will become the organization’s new executive director.
Scatizzi has previous experience as a research scientist, startup executive and early-stage investor, according to a press release announcing the hire.
He will replace interim executive director Tori Benson, the second of two interim leaders since Bill Anderson, the organization’s former executive director, left in December 2018.
The Missouri Technology Corporation, or MTC, is a public-private partnership established to promote entrepreneurship and support emerging startups.
It has seen steep cuts to its state funding in recent years. In response, a variety of business and entrepreneurship support groups from across the state launched NEXT Missouri, an advocacy group that has made renewed funding for the MTC one of its top legislative priorities.
Originally from St. Louis, Scatizzi earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology and immunology from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Scatizzi worked for years in San Diego as a researcher at the University of California at San Diego and the Scripps Research Institute. He went on to work as an analyst for the San Diego network of Tech Coast Angels, an angel investing group, and also has held operations roles at multiple startups, according to his LinkedIn profile.
In 2018, he returned to St. Louis, where he has been an entrepreneur in residence with the IT Entrepreneur Network, or ITEN.
“It’s an honor to serve and help advance Missouri’s entrepreneurial ambitions,” Scatizzi said in the press release.