Active Investments

Prior Investments

acquired by ITT

acquired by IDEX

acquired by Nuance

Nasdaq: HBIO

acquired by Molex

acquired by Honeywell

acquired by Carrier

acquired by Illinois Toolworks

acquired by Network Engines
Christopher W. Dick, General Partner


Walter is a founding partner of Ascent and has helped build and finance successful New England-based technology companies for more than thirty years. Portfolio companies that have benefited from Walter’s depth of experience and perspective include eCopy (acquired by Nuance), Sensitech (acquired by United Technologies), Phoenix Controls (acquired by Honeywell), Harvard Bioscience (Nasdaq HBIO), Nova Analytics (acquired by ITT) Nova Technologies (acquired by IDEX), Mod-Tap (acquired by Molex), Performance Polymers (acquired by Ellis & Everard), TACC International (acquired by Illinois Toolworks) and Tidalwire (acquired by Network Engines). Walter’s current areas of focus include software and analytics and he works closely with Nova Scientific.

Prior to joining Ascent, Walter spent twelve years in a variety of executive positions in numerous subsidiaries of UST Corp. including President of its Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Subsidiaries. At UST he worked with investments such as Fire Control Instruments, Madison Publishing, Mathsoft, Nutcracker Snacks and Walking.

When helping to found Ascent, Walter envisioned a firm that would stay lean and sharply focused, working closely with a small number of portfolio companies per partner and engaging with management teams to help guide their companies through the early stages of development of proprietary and disruptive technology, to building successful marketing and sales strategies to become growing market leaders.


Walter earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell and an MBA from Babson College.

Everything Else

Walter is a former member and chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, struggles at playing golf, and serves on the advisory board of Change is Simple, a nonprofit that provides educational programs to young people about sustainability. He has two grown children.