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IU experts available to comment on importance of entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurs resources

November 18, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS -- November 2020 has been proclaimed National Entrepreneurship Month. Entrepreneurs look to overcome problems and provide solutions in every industrial and commercial sector in the marketplace, using high-tech, low-tech and no-tech means. IU experts are available to comment about how economies benefit from entrepreneurship and how Indiana University is providing resources to entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff, students and alumni. For more information, contact Steve Martin at stgmart@iu.edu or 317-278-1505.

Travis J. Brown

Design strategy, strategic design, entrepreneurship, product management, project management, human-computer interaction.

IU Bloomington

Email: trabrown@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Travis J. Brown is the senior executive assistant dean for the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. He has built, and serves as the academic director of, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and Cross-Curricular Education. He is also the executive director of the Shoemaker Innovation Center and the point of contact for strategic discussions related to the commercialization of faculty research. (more)

Samantha Ginther

Venture capital, startups, alumni engagement, public health, business development.

IU Bloomington

Email: sginther@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Samantha Ginther is a senior associate and head of platform for IU Ventures. She conducts research and due diligence on strategic investment opportunities for IU Ventures' funding programs and helps to ensure that an adequate pipeline of investment opportunities flow through her engagement with IU entrepreneurs. Ginther supports the administration of the fund and the operations of the IU Ventures team. (more)

Sonny Kirkley

Entrepreneurism, innovation, startups, learning technology, instructional design, IoT, mixed reality, augmented reality, AI.

IUPUI

Email: ekirkley@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Sonny Kirkley is an innovator, entrepreneur, designer and co-founder of seven technologies companies, including IU's first two spin-out companies -- Information in Place, Inc. and WisdomTools, Inc. -- where he served as CEO for each a combined 16 years. He is currently the president of two startups in the public safety sector with connections to IU -- Zenext (voice AI) and iMixedReality (augmented reality) -- and has served as mentor to numerous company founders. (more)

Mohan Tatikonda

International trade, Lean Six Sigma, complex new product and service development, startup firms, supply chain management, global competition, corporate strategy, international manufacturing competitiveness, entrepreneurship, incubators, health care delivery, life sciences.

IUPUI

Email: tatikond@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Mohan Tatikonda is a professor of operations management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business whose research focuses on how firms can most effectively design, develop, introduce and improve products, services and organizational processes. His research addresses managing development projects in global environments, fostering technology transfer in the supply chain, behavioral decision-making by supply chain managers, six-sigma program and project effectiveness, and the consumer privacy implications of RFID technology and other advanced technologies. (more)

Jason Whitney

Startups, venture funding, entrepreneurship.

IU Bloomington

Email: jaswhitn@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Jason Whitney is associate vice president for IU Ventures as well as the executive director of the IU Angel Network. His responsibilities include leveraging new and existing partnerships to fully benefit IU entrepreneurs, identifying and supporting high-potential, university-affiliated startups, and the curation of a national alumni network centered around entrepreneurship, venture and innovation. (more)

Teri Willey

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Early-stage venture investing, university-affiliated venture funds, university spin-outs, university technology transfer.

IU Bloomington

Email: tfwilley@gmail.com

Expert Bio

Teri Willey's career has been about starting and reorganizing university technology transfer programs and launching new early-stage funds that invest in university science-based ventures. She returned to Indiana in 2018 to join IU as executive director of IU Ventures and to launch and manage the new Indiana Philanthropic Venture Fund. (more)

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