Deborah Zajac joined Touchdown Ventures in 2016 to launch, invest, and manage venture capital programs for Touchdown’s corporate partners. Deborah brings over a decade of investment, corporate innovation, and development experience across sectors and stages including health, IoT, consumer, mobile, retail, clean tech, and frontier tech.
Prior to joining Touchdown, Deborah worked at GE Ventures and with four of its predecessor funds while at GE Corporate, where she also crafted partnerships with startups and innovators to develop novel new products and businesses globally. Deborah formed, funded, and advised startups from GE’s research and insights and served as an Exec-In-Residence at Columbia University’s Tech Ventures to launch startups from academic research.
Deborah began her career as a management consultant and operator, where for nearly a decade she scaled, optimized, and partnered with businesses across stage, sector, and lifecycle globally at Andersen, SaaS startup Celarix.com, and GE Infrastructure in enterprise software, industrials, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, logistics and transportation.
Deborah received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Deborah graduated with a BS in Finance and a BA in Asian Studies from Lehigh University, where she also pursued coursework in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering.
Deborah served two terms as a Trustee of Lehigh University, where she continues to serve as founding Advisor for the nationally-recognized Baker Center for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation. She has served as an advisor and mentor for Techstars IoT, Blackstone Launchpad, NYU’s Berkeley Center Competition, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Deborah enjoys travel. She has explored more than 50 countries and 35 states, lived in Tokyo, and is just getting started.