Sean Mallon had left CIT in 2016 to become associate vice-president for entrepreneurship and innovation at George Mason University.

Sean Mallon has left George Mason University, where he was the associate vice-president for entrepreneurship and innovation, to rejoin the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).

CIT was originally formed in 1985 but has now been restructured into the operating arm of the newly created Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA). It focuses on the formation and acceleration of technology startups.

Mallon will act as vice-president for CIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystems division, now one of four VIPA units – the other three being investment, commercialisation and strategic initatives.

He was formerly the senior investment director for the CIT Gap Funds, a group of seed and early-stage investment funds, from 2011 to 2016, when he joined George Mason.

His return to CIT follows a contract with the organisation since March this year to assist in the implementation of the legislation that created the VIPA.

Mallon said: “I am delighted to be returning to CIT in this important new role. Virginia’s entrepreneurial spirit is strong, and CIT is committed to working with entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders around the commonwealth to strengthen the pipeline of high-growth startups and support entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their businesses.”