Harvard Innovation Labs Executive Director Jodi Goldestein To Present “Lessons Learned From Scaling An Innovation Center” At SXSWedu
Colleges and universities across the country have started to take a good hard look at research foundations, incubators and tech transfer and have started focusing on building innovation centers and startup spaces right on campus. These new concepts come in a variety of forms with a variety of functions. Places like The Startup Shell at the University of Maryland offer a student run approach to incubation and coworking. Startup Aggieland has a focus on startups and mentorship for students at Texas A&M. UVA has an iLab incubator which is more of an incubator in the traditional sense. All of these facilities are catering to the enormous rise in startups on college campuses. All of them are connecting university resources to startups led by students, alumni or faculty at the university. There are hundreds of these programs across the country.
One of the most notable programs Harvard Innovation Labs. In 2011, Harvard opened the i-lab to help students explore innovation and entrepreneurship in any industry, and at any stage. Six years later, more than 1,000 ventures have been incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Founders have come from all 12 Harvard schools, and approximately 50 percent of the ventures have had one female founder.
All of that innovation, from one of the most prestigious universities in the country, requires a strong leader. Executive Director, Jodi Goldstein is that leader. Goldstein has more than 20 years of experience as a startup executive, co-founder, and investor. At the Harvard Innovation Labs, she is focused on resourcing first time entrepreneurs, helping early-stage ventures move their ideas further, faster and growing the innovation economy. Goldstein has a breadth and depth of industry experience including expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, and luxury goods businesses. She has been on the management teams of several venture-backed startups, including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, Mobicious and Drync.
Like all startups, incubators and accelerators have both great success and some failures. It’s also unchartered territory for many American colleges. At SXSWedu Goldstein will give a talk called “Lessons Learned From Scaling an Innovation Center” to talk about navigating the startup world on a college campus. Anyone who is involved in the day to day operations of their campus’s startup space, backers, campus leaders and startups should plan to attend this talk and learn from Goldstein’s own experiences. The talk will be held on Thursday March 8th at 10:30am at the Hilton Austin Downtown in Salon G.
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