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Research & Innovation oversees the USF Research Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit Direct Support Organization and the USF Innovation enterprise which is made up of the Technology Transfer Office, USF Incubation Program and the USF Research Park. The Incubation Program promotes, encourages, and enhances the research activities of USF System faculty, staff, and students, and brings together the strengths of the USF System and the region, providing a critical interface to move university and community research into the marketplace, stimulate high-tech and biotech industries, and create jobs. The Incubation Program is comprised of three components:  USF CONNECT, the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, and the Student Innovation Incubator. The USF Research Foundation is led by the Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, who is a direct report to the President. The USF Research Foundation has approximately 18 employees, a budget of $12 million, and net assets of $44 million. Clients are USF faculty, staff, and students; small business owners; and technology and economic development leaders in the community, especially representatives of government, business, and industry.


The Program Director is a highly motivated visionary individual reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Research & Innovation. The position assumes leadership of and responsibility for the University’s role in development of the programs and activities associated with the incubation programs and USF CONNECT. The Program Director is engaged in establishing an agenda and implementation strategy for incubation at the University of South Florida. The Program Director serves as the University’s voice for incubation and participates in communication and coordination with community organizations such as chambers of commerce, Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation to attract new business and industry to the Tampa Bay area and to the USF Research Park in particular. The position interprets strategic goals, policies, and procedures to create plans and to organize and ensure the development and management of all activities related to USF CONNECT and the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.


Directs and manages the Incubation Program (USF CONNECT , Tampa Bay Technology Incubator and student incubator): develops, tracks and reports program metrics; develops and administers incubation program budget; prepares reports for funding; builds collaborations with the USF System and community to assist TBTI companies and build relationships; mentors and coaches TBTI companies; evaluates program based on incubation industry best practices and develops strategy, policies,  and solutions for program development and expansion; selects, manages, trains and evaluates administrative and staff employees-including student interns;  recruits and directs the activities of associated advisory groups.

Manages the development of systems and materials for delivery of incubation programs and services. Develops and facilitates workshops, seminars and orientations for clients, students, faculty and external constituencies of the incubation program. Oversees development of information flyers, internal forms and various materials to facilitate programs and services.

Works collaboratively with community partners, funding organizations and the university to assist with the assessment of the university and community needs. Leads the recruitment efforts for clients of the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator. Work with clients to meet their needs and resolve any issues related to program, leases or licenses.

Travels to deliver client services, represent the incubation program on campus and in the community; conduct presentations; and for other purposes as required to support the program.

Performs other duties as required to meet the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the program and build public-private partnerships.



This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a field directly related to the program responsibilities and seven years of professional experience; or Master’s degree and five years of professional experience.


A Master’s degree or higher and at least five years of progressively responsible experience, including management, program development, and incubation experience, preferably in the State of Florida. Experience working with incubation programs and program development. Demonstrated success in enhancing incubation and economic development in part through developing new partnerships between private and public sector organizations. Knowledge of technology business incubator structure and economic development metrics and analysis.


This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 21622

Posting Date:  07/17/2019

Posting End Date: 07/31/2019

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Equal Employment Opportunity 

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

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About USF 

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success.  The USF System includes three institutions:  USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee.  The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans.  Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.  USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region.  At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees.  We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities.  We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.

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Policy Analyst
SSTI, a national non-profit organization that strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, has an opening for a policy analyst with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in tech-based economic development.

Responsibilities include researching and preparing reports, articles, and issue briefs on policies and programs primarily focused on encouraging economic growth; making presentations; serving as the lead staff person for one or more interest groups from among our membership; understanding and reporting on economic development, policy and legislative activities in 5-10 states; and, engaging regularly with a portfolio of about 20 SSTI members.

Excellent research abilities, strong writing, quantitative, presentation, interpersonal and facilitation skills are required. Candidates must have the ability to work independently or as part of a committed team and be dedicated to creating a quality product. Experience with web publishing preferred.

While most of our team is based in Columbus, Ohio, we are open to candidates from across the nation, and if located outside the Columbus area, the candidate could work from home.

Cover letters and resumes accepted until position is filled. Send cover letter and resume to [email protected]


Job Title: E-Center Program Manager and Outdoor Industry Director

Reports to President/CEO

Job purpose

Estes Park EDC’s mission includes helping to launch, support, and grow startups in the Estes Valley region. The E-Center programs and services are intended to serve startups and new businesses in our region. The Program Manager promotes and helps develop programs and services for startups in the Estes Valley region.

In addition, Estes Park EDC is placing an emphasis on attracting outdoor gear and apparel startups to the Estes Valley region. The E-Center Program Manager will lead efforts to attract and serve entrepreneurs and startups in the outdoor gear and apparel industry. To serve a wider variety of startup industry clusters, you will access existing programs and services of our project Partners: 1) Innosphere, primarily through their industry-focused Program Directors and secondarily 2) Larimer SBDC. An Innosphere Program Director supports startups through technology and product validation, entrepreneurial education, advisor matching, pilot/trial oversight, access to capital, and introductions to service providers and corporate strategic partners. The Larimer Small Business Development Center already serves as a partner for Estes Park EDC, and serves both new and existing small businesses.

Innosphere has focused on high-growth companies in three major industry categories:

1. Health Innovations (Digital Health, Medical Device, Diagnostics)

2. Software & Hardware (Internet of Things, Sensors, Enterprise Software)

3. Energy & Advanced Materials (Cleantech, Water, Transportation)


Estes Park EDC’s three major target industry categories include:

1. Outdoor Industries (including outdoor gear and apparel)

2. Professional Services (including health innovations and software)

3. Craft Made Goods


The Program Manager will initially focus program efforts on the Outdoor Industry, but will be prepared to serve other industry categories through our partnership with Innosphere.


Duties and responsibilities

· Establish and expand the Estes Valley’s network across the outdoor gear and apparel industry to help identify, shape, and drive entrepreneurial opportunities in the Estes Valley region. Expand the Estes Valley’s access to the innovation ecosystem in Colorado, and employ the existing Innosphere network to serve clients in other technology-driven industry sectors.

o Examples include: finding, analyzing, and presenting new business opportunities in health innovation, energy & advanced materials, hardware & software.

Job title E-Center Program Manager and Outdoor Industry Director


to President/CEO

· Building and expanding the local network of business mentors, including part-year residents, to provide entrepreneurs access to an Estes Park-centered network of business expertise and potential angel investors.

o Examples include: promoting and supporting the existing Estes Park Start-up Meetup as methods of identifying and serving clients; creating Estes Park-centered programs and events that engage local and regional entrepreneurs and mentors.

· Executing technology and business due diligence on potential client companies.

o Examples include: reviewing market opportunity, assessing intellectual property, and supporting the Innosphere screening team with industry knowledge.

· Working collaboratively with client company management teams on business issues including strategy, operations, and fundraising.

o Examples include: meeting with company founders on a weekly basis and holding them accountable to a development plan.

· Helping raise funds from both private and public sources, helping build a sustainable program by the end of year three that will obtain funding from an appropriate mix of sources, including corporate sponsors, individual contributors and program fees.



Qualifications include:

· Business or technical degree, or strong career progression and experience related to startups and entrepreneurship desired

· Market knowledge of outdoor gear/apparel industries preferred

· Strong oral and written communication skills

· History of teamwork and collaboration

· Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship

· Evidence of leadership and experience in initiating, developing and delivering entrepreneurial programs

· Ability to travel across the Colorado Front Range for company and industry meetings

· Ability to research and adopt new technologies

· InBIA ECM certification preferred


Working conditions/Physical requirements

Working out of office space with travel across the Front Range possible once/twice per week. No physically demanding requirements; ability to travel. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].


Executive Director of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation


The University of Arizona Center for Innovation is a business incubator supporting technology and science based start-ups and emerging companies. The main incubator is located at the UA Tech Park and occupies 18,000 square feet of space featuring dry and wet-lab facilities with outposts in a variety of locations in southern Arizona. The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operations which includes; administration, budgeting, financial management including grant submissions and sponsorships, client recruitment, aiding entrepreneurs with services and programs that assist start-up companies in, marketing, outreach activities, business plans, and fundraising, providing the tools to become self-sufficient organizations.


The Executive Director of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation duties include:

  • Recruits entrepreneurs, providing them with incubation facilities to aid in the commercialization of the business
  • Regularly mentor and counsel clients on business aspects of their venture, monitors progress and results of the companies, and supports the client activities in raising capital
  • Create a robust and diverse network of mentors and advisors
  • Directs staff to achieve the business incubator goals
  • Oversees the office and laboratory facility usage to meet the needs of the clients
  • Participates in the development and administration of an annual operating and capital budget
  • Manage the client business development training programs including yearly program plan
  • Coordinates, maintains, and reviews clients; facility needs to ensure the incubator is meeting the current targeted industry needs.
  • Directs outreach activities including appropriate speaking engagements, conferences, facility tours, website development, and marketing collateral.
  • Evaluates and seeks potential funding sources through program revenue, grants, donors, sponsorships, etc.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in continuing education, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations
  • Establish and maintain relationships with the appropriate economic development organizations, investor groups, community leaders, university faculty, and other business organizations.
  • Some travel may be required
  • Performance of additional job duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in one of the following: science, engineering, finance or business and a minimum of 4 years of business management in a technology area or start-up companies
  • Knowledge of commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystem
  • Experience with a university or industry based technology transfer/commercialization program
  • Needs to be skilled in networking, persuasion, prospecting, public speaking, research, writing, closing deals, motivation, identification of clients’ needs and challenges
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Working 40 hours/week, on occasion role may require weekend, after hours, or extended work weeks to accomplish deadlines and goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to use effective listening and verbal communications skills, the ability to communicate with people at all levels and the ability to write effective business correspondence
  • Well-developed time management skills, including the ability to identify, prioritize and complete tasks and projects in an effective and timely manner
  • Ability to deal tactfully with people and develop good negotiations and conflict resolution skills
  • Sound analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to make good, independent decisions and be able to effectively manage high profile projects simultaneously
  • Presents a highly professional and positive image at all times
  • Ability to work on a team

Job Type: Full-time


  • Business management in a technology area or start-up company: 4 years (Required)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)


Extension Professional I/II (ATDC Startup Catalyst, HealthTech Program Manager

Serving within the Research Faculty of The Institute, Startup Catalysts directly support the extension, service, and economic development missions of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  Primarily this role provides entrepreneurial incubation and acceleration services to the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) companies in strategic areas that foster their development and encourage growth.  Specifically, this position will specialize in healthcare technology (HealthTech) startup incubation.  The incumbent will oversee the ATDC HealthTech Program which will include (overall): recruiting healthcare technology startups; marketing the ATDC HealthTech Program; directing/coordinating all efforts involved with relevant program partners/stakeholders/constituents.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Advise ATDC member companies in strategic areas (business operations, fundraising, marketing, etc.) that foster their development and encourage growth.
  • Manage and cultivate ATDC relationships with investors, prospective business advisors/partners, CEOs, and community technology leaders to promote market outreach and business development.
  • Serve as ATDC member company advocate for awards, conferences, and recognition.
  • Identify and/or develop resources to cultivate and assist member ATDC companies and applicants (including the delivery of entrepreneurial programs/events that promote business development & growth).
  • Evaluate and assess the business potential of ATDC applicant companies and provide recommendations for membership.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Technology, Mathematics, or related/relevant field.

Work Experience: Five to seven years of job-related experience including experience within the healthcare industry and/or with a healthcare technology startup company (or equivalent combination of education and work experience).

Skills: Ability to analyze, evaluate, and assess complex information; coaching and consulting experience; and an ability to use independent judgment and communicate effectively.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Education: MBA and/or Masters Degree in financial technology or related/relevant field.

Preferred Skills/Work Experience: Ten years of job-related work experience. Preferred applicant backgrounds include (1) Founder of a healthcare technology startup or early-stage startup experience; (2) Leadership experience managing a healthcare technology company; (3) Leadership or supporting role in securing multiple rounds of financing (angel or venture).


The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech is a startup incubator that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and grow successful companies.  ATDC is one of the oldest and most successful research university affiliated incubators in the United States and was named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Business Incubators Changing the World.”  Founded in 1980, ATDC has fostered innovation and economic development by graduating more than 180 companies, which together have raised over $3 billion in outside financing.  To learn more about ATDC, visit:

Georgia Tech Extension Professionals are research personnel that fulfills the extension and service mission of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  This mission includes, but is not limited to, technology-based economic development, technology commercialization and deployment, entrepreneurship, start-up company incubation, and business/industry outreach.  Extension Professionals also provide educational programs for business and industry in support of these missions through facilitating and fostering increased industrial engagement and sponsorship of applied research activities at Georgia Tech.  Extension Professional appointments are based on the merit and special qualifications of the individual and follow the same general ranking, hiring, and promotion principles as other professional research faculty ranks.

Extension Professional I – Positions filled at this level are candidates who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and who will be performing on a professional level.

Extension Professional II – Positions filled at this level are candidates who possess a master’s degree and three years of relevant full-time experience after degree completion; a master’s degree and five years of relevant full-time experience after degree completion; or a doctoral degree.


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Final applicant(s) will be required to undergo an extensive pre-employment background check including verification of education credentials through providing “official” (non-student issued) higher education transcripts; a detailed online past performance report from at least 3-5 professional references; and verification of any other applicable credential information submitted with the application.



Job Title: Project Manager Associate

Location: Atlanta, GA

Posting Date: Feb. 28, 2019

Serving within the Research Faculty of The Institute, this position directly supports the extension, service, and economic development missions of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  Primarily this position serves within the Innovation Ecosystems department of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).  Project Managers in this associate level role are responsible for assisting level II and senior-level project managers, and above with initiating, conducting, and reporting on projects that promote local, state, regional, national, and international economic development initiatives.  This includes, but is not limited to, working with leaders/officials in public and private enterprises, non-profits, governments, and other related organizations.  Project Manager Associates are expected to conduct and document research, perform assessments, and provide technical assistance that helps create an attractive business climate.  Candidates in this role must be able to report measurable outcomes, as needed, through metric reporting systems required by federal, state, municipal, and/or private sponsors.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of the EI2 mission and how it supports Georgia Tech in helping to maintain and improve our reputation.
  • Perform project management duties as outlined in the sponsored contracts.
  • Assist in the process of coaching, educating, and accelerating entrepreneurs, technology startups, and startup ecosystem members.
  • Develop and deliver entrepreneurial educational programming using innovative methods. This will include content development, logistics, training, delivery and program assessment.
  • Participate in conducting technology assessments, estimates, grant proposals, and report writing/editing in support of departmental goals/objectives.
  • Report measurable outcomes through internal metric reporting systems.
  • Contribute to the development of marketing and promotional materials design and content, including website development and maintenance (including utilizing multi-media communications tools like twitter, e-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, etc.).  Manage relationships with internal and external media and communications representatives.
  • Provide input to the project planning process.
  • Contribute, on a limited basis (at a level I), to the development of business proposals.
  • Participate in professional development activities (self-study and/or formal classes) as appropriate for the position.
  • Participate in identifying, cultivating, and building strategic partnerships that align with Georgia Tech’s multidisciplinary research, education, and outreach priorities.
  • Perform organizational administrative tasks, and other related duties, as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a related/relevant field e.g., engineering, science, technology or business administration.
  • Work Experience: One to three years of job-related experience (or equivalent combination of education and work experience).
  • Skills:  Professional level command (fluent) in both Spanish and English languages, both written and verbal communications, and basic skills in the use of specialty marketing and educational tools.  This job requires professional level knowledge and skill in the application of data collection, research and analysis, and the development of related conclusions and recommendations. Applicants for this position must be highly organized and also possess fundamental abilities in report writing, problem-solving, and presenting data/information to groups. Marketing and negotiation skills are necessary. Experience with or an aptitude to learn related computer applications also required.
  • Travel required, including potentially considerable international travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred Education: Master’s Degree in a related/relevant field e.g., engineering, science, technology or business administration.
  • Preferred Work Experience: Five years of job-related work experience.  A functional familiarity with university-based commercialization and entrepreneurship.
  • Preferred Skills: Advanced skills in the use of specialty marketing and educational tools.
  • Preferred certifications include: Experience in Lean LaunchPad methodology, NSF I-Corp programming, and training.
  • Preferred applicant backgrounds include: Extensive experience in consultative service delivery and/or prior experience working in a higher education environment.

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