University of Vermont

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Entrepreneurship Forum

Members

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Cynthia Belliveau
Cynthia Belliveau
Dean, UVM Continuing & Distance Education / Contributor to UVM Food Feed
802-656-3890, Cynthia.Belliveau@uvm.edu

Dr. Belliveau currently serves on the Governor's Agricultural Development Board and has held board/committee positions for the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Lake Champlain Workforce Development Investment Board and the Intervale Strategic Planning Committee. She has consulted for Winrock International, US AID, and the Sri Lankan Government in small specialty food business planning.

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David Bradbury
David Bradbury
President, Fund Manager, and Investment Committee Member, VCET
Contact thru VCET

VCET (Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies) is a business incubator that provides:

  • Coworking space (@UVM, @BTV, @MIDD)
  • Brown bag lunches hosted by members
  • Networking (meetups locally and across VT)
  • Pitch competitions
  • Mentoring (both 1-on-1 and incubation)
    • Review of pitch decks
    • Preparing for capital raising
    • Customer development
  • Select higher education courses
  • Engaging young professional groups
  • Initiative support (ie. LaunchVT, Lightning Jar)
  • Legislative advocacy for entrepreneurship friendly policy

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Tobey Clark
Tobey Clark
Director, UVM Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF)
802-656-3255, Tobey.Clark@uvm.edu

UVM Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) offerings for the entrepreneur include:

  • Professional physical prototyping of an idea for an instrument, device, model at a reasonable cost
  • Professional services to provide critical components for an idea such as 3D models, parts and subsystems at a reasonable cost
  • Initial free consultation for projects that have a firm plan, e.g., drawings, schematics, solid descriptions
  • Project development with feedback to the entrepreneur regarding ideas for improvement and issues with design to build (part of 1 or 2 above)
  • Limited free phone or email assistance as to resources at UVM (non-IMF) or external

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Patrick Clemins
Patrick Clemins
Cyber Specialist, VT EPSCoR
802-448-2188, Patrick.Clemins@uvm.edu

VT EPSCoR connects Vermont entrepreneurs and small businesses to experts, service providers, and funding through the below activities, and outreach for those activities:

  • BTVIgnite
    Through our statewide network (VT UCAN) activities, we stay involved in Burlington's US Ignite Initiative, especially in issues related to community cyberinfrastructure.
  • LaunchVT
    VT EPSCoR is a major sponsor of award monies for Vermont's state-wide pitch competition each spring ($25k).
  • Pilot Awards
    Awards to faculty-private sector partnerships for research that advances VT EPSCoR's Track 1 research goals.
  • SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Awards
    Since the SBIR Phase (0) Program was created in 1992, 211 awards have been made to 120 companies. Of these 120 companies, 32 (26.7%) have gone on to receive further SBIR grants through award year 2014.

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Cairn Cross
Cairn Cross
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fresh Tracks Capital / UVM Lecturer
802-923-1504, cairn@freshtrackscap.com

Based in Shelburne VT, Fresh Tracks Capital manages $25 million in venture capital that is invested with a core focus on Vermont. FreshTracks' Roadmap Through Vermont's Innovation Economy provides a comprehensive list of Vermont resources for entrepreneurs.

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Rocki DeWitt
Rocki DeWitt
Professor of Management, UVM Grossman School of Business
802-656-0043 , Rocki.DeWitt@uvm.edu

Dr. DeWitt's current research focuses on anomalies in family business including intergenerational innovation in the face of leadership and ownership disruption and the critical role of non-family key persons. She is especially interested in the role of family businesses in the evolution of land-based, value-added industries. Read more

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John N. Evans
John N. Evans
Professor Emeritus, UVM College of Medicine
802-656-3117, John.Evans@uvm.edu

Dr. John Evans is currently Senior Advisor to the President and Provost. He also serves as President of the Vermont Technology Council, an organization that works to foster technology-enabled companies in Vermont by integrating the efforts of the private, public and academic sectors. Read more

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Corine Farewell
Corine Farewell
Director, UVM Office of Technology Commercialization
802-656-8780, Corine.Farewell@uvm.edu

The UVM Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) serves to generate and drive value by facilitating the translation of discoveries arising from UVM research into accessible technologies, products and services that ultimately benefit society. OTC employs customizable strategies for each new technology disclosure and integrates a comprehensive suite of services to encourage an efficient transfer process by:

  • Educating the research community about technology commercialization, start-up resources, and intellectual property,
  • Encouraging invention disclosures on research findings
  • Identifying technologies with commercial value,
  • Securing, monitoring and managing appropriate intellectual property protection,
  • Executing confidentiality agreements and negotiating in-coming and out-going collaboration and co-development agreements.
  • Networking researchers and marketing technologies to potential commercial and entrepreneurial partners,
  • Guiding UVM start-ups and entrepreneurs to key community resources and funding,
  • Accelerating the development of promising technologies through UVM Ventures, and
  • Licensing in a manner to promote rapid development.

Whether the end result is a technology license, a research-and-development agreement, or a new company, the OTC serves as a liaison to any group interested in leveraging UVM discoveries for academic or commercial ventures.

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Eric L. Gagnon
Steering Committee Member, UVM SPARK-VT / Financial Manager, UVM College of Medicine
802-847-1968, sparkvt@uvm.edu

The UVM SPARK-VT program offers a modular infrastructure to facilitate the innovation-to-commercialization process through a series of entrepreneur-focused workshops with help from an external Consultant Panel of experts who are ready to mentor.

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Richard Galbraith
Richard Galbraith
UVM Vice President for Research
802-656-2918, Richard.Galbraith@uvm.edu

Among Dr. Galbraith's priorities are partnering with the business community to bring new knowledge to the marketplace; partnering with the community when establishing priorities for research that will affect the community; an on-going focus on the environment and health; and elevating the local and national profile of the scholars and researchers at UVM. Read more

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Sara Gessinger
Sara Gessinger
Former UVM Student, Campus Representative for Wheeli and BANGS Shoes, Campaign Assistant for Sap! Maple Water

Find out more about Sara at LinkedIn.

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Nicole Hamaway
Nicole Hamaway
Current UVM Student, Undergraduate


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Stuart Hart
Stuart Hart
Co-Director, SEMBA Program / Professor, Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business, UVM Grossman School of Business
802-656-8298, Stuart.Hart@uvm.edu

Professor Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. He is co-director of UVM's one-year Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA), which reinvents business education and the MBA degree by addressing the environment, ethics, entrepreneurship, poverty and inequality. The SEMBA Program is designed to develop both entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs to build the sustainable businesses and ventures of tomorrow. Professor Hart has published over 70 papers and authored or edited seven books. He has also served as consultant, adviser, or management educator for dozens of corporations and organizations including Dupont, S. C. Johnson, General Electric, Baxter Healthcare, Wal Mart, the World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Read more

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Ted James
Ted James
Executive Director, UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory
802-656-5880, Ted.James@uvmhealth.org

The UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory offers a way for students and healthcare providers to access new technology in an environment that enables them to become familiar with the latest innovations available to them. For more information, see the Clinical Innovations Program.

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Jennifer Karson
Jennifer Karson
Lecturer, UVM Fab Lab
802-656-8418, jkarson@uvm.edu

An incubator for ideas and a place to engage people's imaginations, the UVM Fab Lab makes rapid-prototyping tools (like 3D printing) available to the UVM community. We encourage projects that support research, innovation and creativity.

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David Kaufman
David Kaufman
Senior Lecturer in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENS)
802-656-9877, dkaufman@uvm.edu

David Kaufman's long-term experience as a professional in Vermont's travel and recreation industry has enabled him to bring the "real world" into the classroom, helping students to understand the relationship between their education and recreation and tourism as functioning businesses in a constantly evolving environment. Read more

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Eugene Korsunskiy
Eugene Korsunskiy
Coordinator of Design Initiatives, UVM College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office
802-656-1247, Eugene.Korsunskiy@uvm.edu

Eugene Korsunskiy teaches a class called "Design Thinking," in which students are introduced and get to practice the human-centered design innovation methodology. It is a Service Learning class because it partners with organizations like Burton Snowboard, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Local Motion, and Efficiency Vermont, and students work on real-world innovation challenges posted by these project partners. Korsunskiy's other current effort is working with Erik Monsen and Jenn Karson on creating a center for entrepreneurship, making and design, which would nourish and cultivate teams of student-innovators.

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Peter Lee
Peter Lee
Adjunct Professor, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

There is a cross-campus programme of entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland which has served us well for over a decade. The programme is called Velocity and is a student-run, extracurricular programme that provides a pathway of events through the academic year for students to learn, practice and compete. There are a variety of very attractive prizes for success at the various stages of the programme. It is remarkable, although perhaps not unexpected, that successive generations of students have been able to develop and grow a programme of events which has unified the campus and drawn in our community in a way that our normal administration may not have been capable of. SPARK has produced over 100 ventures and raised $143 million of investment to the benefit of the University and our country.

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Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang
Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Applied Economics, UVM Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE)
802-656-0754, Chyi-Lyi.Liang@uvm.edu

Professor Liang teaches two entrepreneurship courses at UVM: Introduction to Community Entrepreneurship (CDAE 166) and Strategic Planning (CDAE 267). She is well connected with VCET, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Vermont Technical College, Champlain College, St. Michael's College, Community College of Vermont, Vermont K-12 schools, and other entities offering support to entrepreneurs in Vermont and the New England region. She is also connected to Susan Rittscher, who recently received funding from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to open a Vermont Women's Business Center. Vermont is the only state that does not currently have a women's business center.

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Erik Monsen
Erik Monsen
Associate Professor, Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, UVM Grossman School of Business
802-656-8994, Erik.Monsen@uvm.edu

Dr. Monsen's career has crossed disciplinary (engineering, management, economics) and geographic (US, Germany, UK) boundaries on his journey from designing better aircraft to designing better entrepreneurial organizations. Building on personal experiences as an aerospace engineer and business consultant in American and European aerospace organizations, his mission is to aid technology and research organizations, both public and private, to become more entrepreneurial and create new value for society. Read more

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John E. Novotny
Principal SEED Instructor, UVM College of Engineering And Mathematical Sciences (CEMS)
John.E.Novotny@uvm.edu

Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) provides UVM seniors in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering or Electrical and/or Mechanical Engineering with real-world projects that originate as statements of need from local companies and/or faculty researchers. These project prepare students for work in industry and give them the opportunity to apply the theory they have been learning. From a company's perspective, these projects offer the opportunity to work directly with students who are likely to be candidates for entry-level engineering positions when they graduate. In addition, company engineers get to take a long-standing problem off the back burner and often consider the mentoring role a welcome addition to their more typical duties.

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Dylan Philbrick
Dylan Philbrick
Current UVM Student, Undergraduate
Contact thru LinkedIn

Dylan Philbrick is a junior in the UVM Grossman School of Business (GSB), minoring in design. Within GSB, he has chosen to follow a sustainable theme to expand his knowledge in the field of sustainable business and green/ecological design. He launched his first company in 2014, Lefou, which aimed to combine NYC streetwear with sleek French style. Currently, Dylan runs the campus team for a startup student ridesharing app, Wheeli. While on campus, Dylan thrives on expanding the growth of the Entrepreneurship Club, as well as entrepreneurship across campus. Most recently, he is a peer mentor for GSB and UVM's newly launched mentor program.

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Bonnie Reese
Bonnie Reese
Current UVM Doctoral Student, UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENS) / Reese Consulting
617-833-5746, Bonnie.Reese@uvm.edu

Bonnie Reese is the CEO of Reese Consulting where she works with companies involved with the Smart Grid to set up business development best practices and strategies that will support strong levels of growth. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on leveraging entrepreneurship to drive innovation in natural resource preservation and management. As part of this research, she will be working with key stakeholders to develop the strategic plan for the Clean Energy Fund at the Office of Sustainability.

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Mercedes Rincon
Mercedes Rincon
Steering Committee Member, UVM SPARK-VT / Professor, UVM College of Medicine
802-656-0937, Mercedes.Rincon@uvm.edu

The UVM SPARK-VT program offers a modular infrastructure to facilitate the innovation-to-commercialization process through a series of entrepreneur-focused workshops with help from an external Consultant Panel of experts who are ready to mentor.

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Pramodita Sharma
Pramodita Sharma
Sanders Chair & Professor of Family Business, UVM Grossman School of Business
802-656-5122, Pramodita.Sharma@uvm.edu

Professor Sharma's research focus is on succession processes, governance, innovation, next-generation commitment and entrepreneurial leadership in family enterprises. Her work has been honored with several international awards and she is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. In 2012, she established UVM's Family Business Awards. In 2013, she launched the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. In four years, this competition has attracted over seven hundred attendees and student teams from thirty eight leading universities in family business education. Read more

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Kerry Swift
Kerry Swift
Technology Licensing Officer, UVM Office of Technology Commercialization
802-656-9964, Kerry.Swift@uvm.edu

The UVM Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) serves to generate and drive value by facilitating the translation of discoveries arising from UVM research into accessible technologies, products and services that ultimately benefit society. OTC employs customizable strategies for each new technology disclosure and integrates a comprehensive suite of services to encourage an efficient transfer process by:

  • Educating the research community about technology commercialization, start-up resources, and intellectual property,
  • Encouraging invention disclosures on research findings
  • Identifying technologies with commercial value,
  • Securing, monitoring and managing appropriate intellectual property protection,
  • Executing confidentiality agreements and negotiating in-coming and out-going collaboration and co-development agreements.
  • Networking researchers and marketing technologies to potential commercial and entrepreneurial partners,
  • Guiding UVM start-ups and entrepreneurs to key community resources and funding,
  • Accelerating the development of promising technologies through UVM Ventures, and
  • Licensing in a manner to promote rapid development.

Whether the end result is a technology license, a research-and-development agreement, or a new company, the OTC serves as a liaison to any group interested in leveraging UVM discoveries for academic or commercial ventures.

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Abigail Trutor-Mead
Abigail Trutor-Mead
Program Director, Center for Health Care Management, UVM Medical Center
802-847-0691, abigail.trutor@uvmhealth.org

The Center for Health Care Management educates providers and administrators in business management knowledge, skills and training. As program director, Ms. Trutor-Mead has refined the Core Program based on evaluation results and feedback and is currently building the Center's Advanced Program, which will further explore leadership competencies learned in the Core. She has also built a steady and valuable innovation arm that promotes collaboration between business schools and UVM Medical Center physicians and administrators to provide recommendations and insight into best practices in the administrative aspects of rural health delivery.

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Judith Van Houten
Judith Van Houten
Director, VT EPSCoR / Professor, Department of Biology, UVM College of Arts and Sciences
802-656-0452, Judith.Vanhouten@uvm.edu

VT EPSCoR connects Vermont entrepreneurs and small businesses to experts, service providers, and funding through the below activities, and outreach for those activities:

  • BTVIgnite
    Through our statewide network (VT UCAN) activities, we stay involved in Burlington's US Ignite Initiative, especially in issues related to community cyberinfrastructure.
  • LaunchVT
    VT EPSCoR is a major sponsor of award monies for Vermont's state-wide pitch competition each spring ($25k).
  • Pilot Awards
    Awards to faculty-private sector partnerships for research that advances VT EPSCoR's Track 1 research goals.
  • SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Awards
    Since the SBIR Phase (0) Program was created in 1992, 211 awards have been made to 120 companies. Of these 120 companies, 32 (26.7%) have gone on to receive further SBIR grants through award year 2014.

Dr. Van Houten also holds the distinction of securing the second largest award ever to the University of Vermont for the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $16.5M for which she acts as Director. Read more

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Jeffrey Wakefield
Jeffrey Wakefield
Associate Director, UVM University Communications
802-656-2005, jeffrey.wakefield@uvm.edu

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Alexa Woodward
Alexa Woodward
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, UVM Foundation
802-656-2010, Alexa.Woodward@uvm.edu

Alexa Woodward oversees corporate and foundation major gift work to benefit the research and academic priorities of UVM. She has experience in strategic planning and led planning and implementation for Clemson University's Economic Development Division. Along with UVM Foundation colleague Lisa Townson, she also works with UVM Sponsored Project Administration to provide complementary support to investigators working with corporations and foundations.

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