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.