Open 2017

Washington D.C.

Mar 23 - 25, 2017

If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of I&E, you’ve come to the right place! VentureWell’s Open conference, taking place March 23-25 in Washington, D.C., gathers together representatives from across the spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of innovation and entrepreneurship education.

Open 2017 features a wealth of informative sessions and time to network with a friendly and engaging group of attendees interested in moving the field forward. The conference is called Open to reflect both the welcoming culture of our attendees and the way the conference connects people across disciplines and geographies to grow entrepreneurship education.

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Aaron Cervantes

Director of Operations - Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, The University of Texas at El Paso

Bio: Aaron Cervantes is Director of Operations at the University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. Cervantes earned both an MBA and an MSIT at UTEP. He is trained I-Corps instructor.

Alan Peterfreund

Executive Director, SageFox Consulting Group

Bio: Alan Peterfreund, Ph.D., has 30 years of experience as a consultant, evaluator and researcher for clients in the public and private sectors of business, government and education. Alan's current work has a significant focus on entrepreneurship education. He is the Co-PI of the I-CORPS-L Longitudinal Study. Dr. Peterfreund has a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University,

Alejandro Tortoriello

Bio-Innovation Fellow, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bio: Dr. Tortoriello is a medical doctor and entrepreneur and currently is a Bio-Innovation Odyssey Fellow focused on the discovery, evaluation, and translation of technology for commercialization. He has successfully founded two start-up companies addressing needs in the areas to childhood obesity (METAS) and healthcare provider infrastructure (RIO Complex) in Mexico. In four years of operations, METAS has provided education and services to over 7,000 students and generated more than 50 part-time jobs for college students, while RIO Complex has provided integrated medical space and support for over 50 practitioners. Alejandro successfully led a team through a regional I-Corps cohort program in July 2015 and has become a key component in growing the I-Corps program at MD Anderson, in collaboration with the NSF Southwest I-Corps Node. He also serves as the Operations Manager for the Venture Mentoring Service at Houston. Alejandro has won multiple awards for his innovations including recognition by the Inter-American Development Bank as one of the most innovative young professionals in Latin America.

Alexander Zorychta

Works in Progress Program Director and Founder, University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Bio: Alex Zorychta finds, guides, connects, and builds community for student entrepreneurs. He has been guiding and building community for student entrepreneurs for the past four years. A student entrepreneur himself, he was triggered by winning the grand prize of the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup. While pursuing this startup post-graduation for two years near the University, he helped to guide other student entrepreneurial projects. He joined the staff of the Technology Entrepreneurship program at the University of Virginia in 2015 where he helped to start the Works in Progress program to develop the community and culture necessary to support early student innovators and student entrepreneurs past the initial stages of their projects.

Alizabeth Sanchez

Asistant Professor, Universidad del Turabo School of Business and Entrepreneurship

Bio: Alizabeth M. Sánchez-López, Ph.D. is a professor at the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Universidad del Turabo. Possess a Ph.D. in International Entrepreneurship and Management from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Växjö University in Sweden. In her attempt to spur an entrepreneurial mindset across sectors and disciplines, Dr. Sánchez López has been the instructional designer, mentor or co-leader for projects such as: (1) Pathways to Innovation (VentureWell-NSF-Standford Universitiy). (2) Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship Partnership for Innovation to develop multidisciplinary and innovative enterprises among university students, (3) BioPharma Innovation Seminar Series, alliance with U.S. Department of Education to stimulate awareness of careers in science, (4) Premio Innovación Empresarial, Santander Bank, among others. Dr. Sánchez-López increases community engagement by providing entrepreneurship training to high-schools students, teachers, unemployed individuals, public officials, professional associations, and the general public.

Amy Lin

Senior Market Access Advisor, USAID

Bio: Amy Lin, MBA, MA leads the Market Access Team at USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII), where she focuses on market-based strategies to accelerate adoption of priority health solutions.

Ann McKenna

Professor and Director, Arizona State University

Bio: Ann F. McKenna is a Professor and Director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been an active participant in creating, teaching, and evaluating educational innovations for over 20 years, and is particularly interested in how to scale and sustain educational innovations to help tell the story of impact. Her colleagues tell her she is overly preoccupied with the term 'ecosystem' and she uses it frequently in the context of the Business Model Canvas. Dr. McKenna was a co-investigator on the first I-Corps-L project and has been an instructor in the program since the first cohort in January 2014.

Anne Healy

Chief, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), USAID

Bio: Title: Lecturer and Program Director, Global Entrepreneurship Exchange

Ashwin Mehta

Faculty, University of massachusetts

Bio: Ashwin Mehta is a lecturer in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell. He has been teaching entrepreneurship and management since 2005. Prior to that he had his software businesses and worked in technology field for many years. He is actively involved in global entrepreneurship and education.

Augusta Abrahamse

Science and Technology Advisor -- Pakistan Energy Office, USAID

Bio: Augusta Abrahamse is currently Science and Technology Adviser to the USAID/Pakistan Energy Office, where she works on programs supporting the sustainable and efficient development of the Pakistan energy sector. A physicist by training, her professional interests lie at the intersection of science and international development. She first came to USAID as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Global Development Lab where she worked to identify and introduce analytical tools to help improve learning and decision-making in USAID programs. Prior to that, she was a visiting professor at the Universidad Privada Boliviana in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she conducted research in solar energy and taught classes ranging from Alternative Energy to Sustainable Development. She has also led and participated in a variety of grass-roots engineering for development projects which have included the deployment of efficient cookstoves, solar home systems and water distribution systems. She earned a PhD in Physics from UC Davis, where her research focused on computational and modeling problems related to understanding the composition of the universe, and holds a BA/BS in International Studies and Physics from American University.

Bill Aulet

Senior Lecturer & Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bio: Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT and also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking events, awards, hackathons, student trips and most recently accelerators. Bill teaches at least three different classes per year (introductory to advanced entrepreneurship classes) in addition to his responsibilities of running the center. His work has won numerous awards and most recently, in April 2013, Bill was awarded the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurial Mentoring at MIT. He is the author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship (2013), how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that an industrious person can learn and apply.

Bradley Turner

Student Graphic Designer, Michigan Technological University

Bio: Engineering major, Nova Fellowship student at The University of Tulsa

Breanne Przestrzelski

PhD Candidate, Clemson University

Bio: Breanne Przestrzelski is a University Innovation Fellow at Clemson University where she is pursuing her PhD in Bioengineering with a focus on innovation of biomedical devices and translation thereof through immersion of bioengineers in design and entrepreneurship opportunities. The University Innovation Fellowship has inspired Breanne to share her passion for design and entrepreneurship through a variety of initiatives she is helping to bring to Upstate South Carolina, one of which is through the innovative and game-based learning she is implementing in her role as co-instructor for the Bioengineering Senior Design class. Breanne obtained her B.S. in May 2012 (research focus: nanomedicine technology) and her M.S. degree in August 2013 (research focus: glenoid loading and stability of the inlay verus onlay shoulder system) both from the Clemson University bioengineering department.

Bryan Kinzer

Mechanical Engineering Student, University of Tulsa

Bio: Engineering major, Nova Fellowship student at The University of Tulsa

Cara Barnes

Program Officer, Global, VentureWell

Bio: Cara works with the Global Program to support innovators developing healthcare technology for emerging markets. Combining education and experience in chemistry and public health, she helps innovators overcome the challenges of developing and implementing technology solutions in complex global health systems. Prior to joining VentureWell, Cara was a scientist at Diagnostics For All, where she developed point-of-care medical diagnostics for low-resource settings and led field trials in rural Zambia. Cara has an MS in chemistry from the University of Utah and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Carlos Kemeny

Assistant Director, Office of Innovation and Strategic Investment, University of Texas System

Bio: Dr. Carlos A. Kemeny is an innovator and entrepreneur, creator and facilitator of collaborative entrepreneurship programs. He is a researcher of innovation ecosystems and public policy, as well as an expert in leveraging data to inform decision making and improve performance. He directs UT System’s Entrepreneurship Network, a $2.7 million UT System Board of Regents initiative, which seeks to increase the success of companies emerging from the discovery mission of UT System’s universities and academic health centers. Dr. Kemeny holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University, as well as a Master’s in Engineering and Public Policy and a dual-Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy and Technological Change & Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University and Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics.

Charles Kim

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University

Bio: Charles Kim is professor of mechanical engineering at Bucknell University, and one of the founding members of the IDEAS program to promote entrepreneurially-minded learning for engineering students.

Chinonye Nnakwe, PhD

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow Serving at the National Science Foundation

Bio: Chinonye “Chi-Chi” Nnakwe is a molecular biologist and is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow on assignment at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science Engineering at NSF, Chi-Chi is working to promote inclusive entrepreneurship through I-Corps™ programs and activities and is helping to design a national mentor network for entrepreneurs. She is also interested in building tech commercialization programs at the intersection of entrepreneurship, science identity, self-efficacy and retention in the STEM workforce.

Chris Taylor

Project Director for Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement at MD Anderson Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bio: Chris Taylor leads the Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement (CEA) in the Faculty & Academic Development Department. Under his leadership, CEA develops programs and services to support the education and preparation of researchers and clinicians in the areas of career development and entrepreneurship. Chris has been a successful entrepreneur in the financial services and hospitality industries and has held several leadership positions in industry and academia. He brings over 17 years of multidimensional experience in strategic planning, business consulting, change management, financial planning, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Chris has mentored and developed successful professionals and entrepreneurs across several industries. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at regional, national, and global events on entrepreneurship and career development and was highlighted in publications by Nature and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As part of his duties, Chris has advised and provided career and entrepreneurship guidance to over 300+ research and clinical trainees since joining MD Anderson in August, 2013.

Cindy Gilbert

Founding Director, Sustainable Design Program, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Bio: Cindy Gilbert is an effervescent education architect that fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and democratized design, and by deepening transdisciplinary and collaborative experiences. She is the founding director of the Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) that is home to a fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design. The program blends theory, practice and leadership into holistic, hands-on learning experiences that culminate in student-driven thesis work. Founder of Alula Consulting, which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects, Cindy has influenced thousands of people through her courses, workshops and consulting work with academic institutions, non-profits and corporations. Previously founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute, she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program (now MS program at Arizona State University), annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges.

Claire Cornell

Asst. Dir. of the Family-Owned Business Institute and Instructor of Entrepreneurship, The University of Tulsa

Bio: Claire Cornell is part of the Management&Marketing Department and works with students from the college of engineering and business to compete in the state's Governor's Cup competition. Her teams have won numerous times and won over $300,000 in startup funds.

Clinton E. Day

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota

Bio: Clint Day is an entrepreneurship professor who serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at State College of Florida. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded three insurance entities in Florida and Georgia and began teaching/mentoring after selling his last business. Professionally qualified by the AACSB business school association, Clint earned a MBA in entrepreneurship, and has been certified by the Babson SEE, Kauffman Ice House, Lean Launch Pad, UF Experiential Classroom, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship courses. He is the author of the Bar Charts entrepreneurship study guide, “Set Your Own Salary” how to entrepreneurship book, and a new anthology about evidence-based entrepreneurship, “Understanding Lean Startup”.

Crystal Bailey

Careers Program Manager, American Physical Society

Bio: Fresh from completing her PhD in nuclear physics at Indiana University, Crystal Bailey assumed the position of Careers Program Manager at APS in July 2009. She is passionate about bringing innovation and entrepreneurship education to Physics.

Dale McCauley

Project Manager, Oregon State University

Bio: Dale McCauley is the Program Manager for the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at OSU. Dale is primarily charged with developing and supporting student-run companies for undergraduate student at OSU through the Austin Lab program. He is also the faculty advisor for the Entrepreneurship Club, 3d Printer Club, and the Innovators Enterprise

Dallas Elleman

Engineering Physics/Robotics Undergrad, University Of Tulsa

Bio: Engineering Physics -EE Robotics major, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor, Cybersecurity Minor. Nova Fellowship student at the University of Tulsa.

David Brophy

Professor, University of Michigan

Bio: David Brophy, Professor of Finance, Director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

David Chen

Director of Coulter Translational Research Program, The University of Virginia School of Medicine

Bio: As U.Va.’s Coulter Project Director, David Chen is the primary resource for the University and the Coulter Foundation’s efforts to enable and lead an innovative translational research process. In addition to managing the U.Va.-Coulter Partnership, David oversees identification and development of translational research projects in the U.Va. School of Medicine.

Byung-Jae Kwak

Senior Engineer, ETRI

Bio: Byung-Jae Kwak is the CEO and founder of QUI, Inc, and participated in the KIC Start Lean Innovation Program as the entrepreneurial lead. He is a principal member of the engineering staff at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Science and Technology. Before he founded QUI Inc., Dr. Kwak served as a principal member of an engineering staff with Global Standard and Strategy Group at the Telecommunication R&D Center with Samsung Electronics. He is experienced in wireless channel measurement, analysis and marketing and has participated in the international standardization of WLAN, WPAN, WiMAX, and WCDMA. Dr. Kwak received a B.S. and M.S. in Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Systems from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Aileen Huang-Saad

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Bio: Aileen is Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Biomedical Engineering. Previously, Aileen was the Associate Director for Academics in the Center for Entrepreneurship and co-founder of the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. She was responsible for building the initial Program in Entrepreneurship for UM undergraduates, co-developing the masters’ level entrepreneurship program, launching the National Science Foundation University of Michigan I-Corps Node and creating the biomedical engineering graduate design program. Aileen has received a number of awards for her teaching and student advising, including the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award. Her current research area is entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education. She is funded by the National Science Foundation to explore explicit and implicit learning outcomes and of undergraduate entrepreneurship courses based on the Lean Launch curriculum and the influence of the microenvironment of entrepreneurship education on the engagement of women. Aileen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Amanda Stowe

University Of Portland

Bio: As a 2015 Entrepreneur Scholar at the University of Portland, Amanda Stowe found her passion in working alongside others to find innovative business solutions. She participated as a finalist in the 2016 Portland State University Cleantech Challenge, where she developed a sustainable construction process. When she graduates this May with a B.B.A. in Finance, she will use her experiences from Entrepreneur Scholars and the PSU Cleantech Challenge to promote the development of entrepreneurship and innovation programs at the collegiate level.

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