InBIA's ECM Instructors are a resource to all InBIA members.

InBIA selects expert entrepreneurial support professionals to teach the Entrepreneurship Center Management (ECM) courses. These seasoned practitioners draw from their own experiences to give examples while teaching the rigorously vetted content that is standard to each course and they engage participants in interactive activities and discussions around the key topics. Meet our current instructors below.

Interested in becoming an ECM instructor? Contact Molly Mordocco to learn more about the process.

Jack Henkel

Jack Henkel Director
of Programs


InBIA

Jack Henkel has worked for over 10 years in supporting technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. He has coached thousands of entrepreneurs, researchers, university faculty, and other technology commercialization stakeholders in their pursuit of pursuing federal R&D funding, developing commercialization strategies, conducting market assessments, and implementing lean startup practices among many other activities.  He has served as a project manager for entrepreneurship accelerators and programs, including several with funding from federal partners such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Economic Development Administration, and Department of Labor. Jack most recently served as the Assistant Director of the UCF Venture Accelerator and is currently the Director of Programs at the International Business Innovation Association.


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Thomas Hørdam

Thomas Hørdam Program Manager


We Love Mentors

Thomas Hørdam is the man behind WE LOVE MENTORS. A concept that is based on Danish and international experiences with implementing and executing mentoring programs.

Thomas holds a Master’s Degree of Science and has during the last 11 years developed and managed mentor programs for various incubators in Denmark and abroad. At the moment Thomas is part of the team at a high tech incubator at the Danish Technical University.

From his very first job in the incubation industry Thomas’ speciality has been mentoring programs. As Thomas had hard times finding existing models which worked out he decided to develop his own model from scratch. The model emphasizes the original understanding of a mentor and focuses on proper training, onboarding and feed-back models for mentors as well as clients.


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Carol Lauffer

Principal


Business Cluster Development

Carol Kraus Lauffer is a recognized expert, consultant and trainer in business incubation/acceleration, programs to foster and support entrepreneurship and new business start-up, and cluster-based economic development. As a partner at Business Cluster Development (BCD) for more than 14 years, Carol consults with universities and colleges, communities, economic development organizations, industry associations, and corporations on the planning and creation of successful business incubation, acceleration and technology commercialization programs. BCD is an industry leader, assisting with the development of more than 70, best practices incubation programs across the U.S.

Carol also creates strategies and tools to accelerate the growth of emerging industry clusters and spur the evolution of the innovation ecosystem in communities and regions. She advises on strategic planning, financial sustainability, and management of effective entrepreneurial support programs.


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Kim Mozingo

Director, Federal Programs


TEDCO (Maryland Technology Development Corporation)

 
As the Director of Federal Programs, Kim is responsible for engaging with the federal government to convert scientific research into new jobs and new businesses. Kim focuses on engaging with research laboratories and manages programs that help businesses make use of the public investment in science, technology, and innovation in industries from cybersecurity to manufacturing, renewable energy, AI/ML, and robotics.

Kim has a long history of supporting the Department of Defense beginning with serving on Air Force Active Duty in England then Germany, to working with Army Intelligence, the Naval Air Systems Command, and Navy Fleet Readiness Centers. Prior to joining TEDCO, she managed the Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center (DefTech), a program of the Maryland Department of Commerce, where she educated businesses on how to work with DoD researchers to convert government funded research and innovation into new economic opportunities.

Her experience includes founding multiple companies in disciplines from engagement consulting to robotics. Her work has spanned research on employee engagement, managing a tech-focused business incubator, supporting government-funded labs, and economic studies in business retention and expansion.

Kim is a certified trainer for the International Business Innovation Association’s Entrepreneurship Center Management Certification program where she teaches on topics from building collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystems to managing entrepreneurship programs, growing partnerships, and running profitable programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.


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Brad Rickelman

Assistant Director,
Business and
Entrepreneurial
Services


Meridian Technology Center

Brad assists Meridian Tech’s new businesses and incubator clients through educational programming and one-on-one consulting in product development and marketing. He recruits new client companies, mentors startups, serves as a community liaison, and teaches the Center’s entrepreneurship courses. Brad’s background is in product management and B2B marketing.


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Chuck Wolfe

President


Claggett Wolfe Associates

Chuck is president of Claggett Wolfe Associates, an incubation consulting firm in Auburn, Calif. He has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, incubator developer and operator of community-based lending and business assistance programs. Wolfe co-authored both the first and second editions of InBIA’s Best Practices in Action. He has contributed to other InBIA publications, worked with InBIA consulting teams, presented at InBIA conferences and outside events on the association’s behalf, and served as a judge for the InBIA Incubation Awards. Wolfe has been an InBIA member since 1997 and currently serves as Board Treasurer of the InBIA Board of Directors.


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