Michael F. Noël
Founding Partner

Mike is the founding partner of Acorn Innovestments. He also co-founded Sustainable Industrial Solutions, now, and is the Chairman of the Innovation Council at Noël Group / Nomaco, a manufacturer of innovative foam solutions. He is also Vice President of Operations for J&M Real Estate, an industrial real estate management company.Mike serves on the boards of Noël Ventures, Noël Group / Nomaco, Vinventions / Nomacorc, PlotWatt, bioMASON, and Tethis.

Before getting his M.B.A. at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Mike was a global project manager in business development for Nomacorc, the market leader in synthetic wine closures. In this job, he lived in China to build Nomacorc’s Chinese operations followed by a move to Austria to manage the ownership transition when Nomacorc purchased an Austrian competitor. Prior to this, Mike built his experience in construction, olive oil and wine, and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management from North Carolina State University.

Robert O. O’Reilly, Jr.

Bob is a partner of Acorn Innovestments. Prior to joining Acorn, Bob spent a year as a Private Wealth Adviser at Goldman Sachs & Co. in their New York City office. He worked on a senior team with $1 billion under management advising clients on matters of philanthropic giving, trust and estate planning, along with strategic and tactical asset allocation. Bob joined Goldman Sachs after completing his M.B.A. with a concentration in Strategy at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Bob is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wellfleet Management, an education management firm focused on the childcare industry.

Prior to Wellfleet Management, he was in the Financial Management Program at General Electric Capital Corporation. While there he held positions in operational finance, pricing and financial planning and analysis for their reinsurance, corporate finance and fleet services businesses. Previously, Bob was a business analyst at Electronic Data Systems in their Information Analyst Development Program. In addition to his M.B.A. from Fuqua, Bob holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Boston College. He held his series 3, series 7, and series 66 licenses.