Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and goings

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 15th, 2020

Montclair State University has chosen Karen Cahn, a former digital media executive and founder of iFundWomen, to serve as its first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). The EIR program is designed to leverage the experience and knowledge of successful start-up founders to help support the Feliciano School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which aims to encourage women to launch their own businesses.

Cahn, an early digital media executive at companies including Google, YouTube and AOL, also launched iFundWomen, which provides female start-up founders with mentorship and access to capital through crowdfunding and grants. In her new role, Cahn will mentor students and advise Carley Graham Garcia, the executive director of the business school and the Center.

“Karen’s success, not only as a media executive but as an entrepreneur now focused exclusively on closing the funding gap for female founders, makes her the perfect advisor to our student start-ups,” says Graham Garcia. “Karen is focused on growing our region to be an innovation hub, especially innovation led by women…. She is the perfect addition to our expanding program.”

Cahn comments, “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in New Jersey, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. And with the Feliciano Center’s commitment to women entrepreneurship, this was a natural partnership with iFundWomen.”

Source: Montclair State University

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Towson University (TU) has named Patrick T. McQuown the new executive director of entrepreneurship. McQuown comes to TU from James Madison University, where he served as executive director of the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship and launched a summer accelerator program for student start-ups. In his new role, McQuown will lead TU’s entrepreneurship strategy and oversee the TU Incubator. He will also lead the university’s forthcoming “StarTUp” hub, slated to launch this year.

“Patrick’s arrival, coupled with the launch of  StarTUp in 2020, comes at an exciting time for our university,” says TU president Kim Schatzel. “This role is instrumental in catalyzing TU’s entrepreneurship efforts, as well as connecting Maryland’s entrepreneurs to TU’s outstanding people and programs.”

McQuown comments, “I’m looking forward to coming to Towson University and joining the university leadership in creating a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem. It was clear to me that, from the president on down, entrepreneurship was top of mind.”


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The University of Louisville (U of L) has hired Kevin Gardner, former vice provost for research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), to serve as executive vice president for research and innovation. In his previous role, Gardner helped establish UNH as a leading research university, taking it from a Carnegie High Research Activity university to a Carnegie Very High Research Activity university. He has also served as associate state director of New Hampshire’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), helping to develop a statewide plan to boost engagement among universities, research-based companies and state government.

“Dr. Gardner brings excellent credentials to this position,” says U of L president Neeli Bendapudi. “As important, he brings energy, enthusiasm and communication skills that will help us build our research enterprise and share that knowledge to benefit our students, our community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are excited to have him join our team.”

Source: The Louisville Cardinal

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