The first Carolina Innovations Seminar of the 2016-2017 season and the accompanying networking event is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the Great Hall of the Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery. As usual, the event is free of charge, and snacks and beverages will be provided for the reception by our hosts at Top of the Hill.
Our speaker for this first event is Karen LeVert of Southeast TechInventures, Inc. who will be sharing experiences from her many years of involvement in university technology commercialization (see biography below).
Please register for the event here to help planning efforts. However, if you do not get a chance to register or learn you can join us at the last minute, you are still welcome to come sign up at the door.
More information, including logistical data, can be found at: http://research.unc.edu/offices/otd/about/carolina-innovations-seminar/
Karen LeVert is President of Southeast TechInventures and Chief Operating Officer of Ag TechInventures, Inc. She co-founded both companies as technology innovation labs focused on further developing promising technologies from universities and spinning them off into the commercial marketplace.
Ms. LeVert’s business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with over twenty-five years of successful leadership experience in start-ups, technology commercialization, and executive management. She started her career at a Fortune-500 company in positions of increasing responsibility from computer programmer, to controller, to general manager of a 500-person operation. Her first entrepreneurial venture was launching a franchise bioremediation company in 1998 that she later sold in 2001. Before co-founding STI, Karen co-launched a Silicon Valley venture-funded software company where she served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. Karen holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and an Information Technology undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Along with her professional duties she serves as a Board member for Ag TechInventures, Southeast TechInventures, Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), North Carolina School of Science and Math, and NCIDEA. Karen is a former recipient of CED’s Entrepreneur of the year.
Karen will talk about university technology commercialization in general, how Southeast TechInventures and Ag TechInventures approach it, and how others can do the same. She’ll also talk about her experiences of being an entrepreneur in North Carolina for the last decade.