Carla Pavone
University of Minnesota

Carla Pavone is the Associate Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. As Program Director of the Minnesota Innovation Corps (a site of the NSF-funded National Innovation Corps or I-Corps), Dr. Pavone facilitates technology commercialization and innovation by developing and administering educational and coaching programs for STEM students, post-docs, research staff and faculty. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in publishing and tech startups, and in financial services (mainly leading internal corporate start-ups, change initiatives and turnarounds). Dr Pavone has taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership at U Minnesota and U Missouri-Kansas City, and also serves on the boards of Social Venture Partners Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Business Development Center. Dr. Pavone has a BA in biology from U Pennsylvania, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in business administration from U Minnesota.