Meet the Director

Michael Bowers

Michael R. Bowers is Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the O’Maley College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, FL. In this role, Dr. Bowers has created several programs/workshops employing the business model canvas with particular emphasis on customer discovery/value creation. Since 2014, over 100 ventures have gone through these programs resulting in several successful companies, including but not limited to Censys Technologies and Sensatek Propulsion Technologies. The Center has sponsored three Embry-Riddle teams through regional I-Corps programs at University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida. Read Bowers' full bio

Board of Advisors

Richard Fox
Venture Partner, IDEA Fund

Greg Johnson
Chief Technology Officer, OneSky Flight

Andrea Kurak
Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Services, Halifax Health

Richard Licursi
Managing Partner and Cofounder of VenVelo

Lilian Myers
Cofounder of Economy Four

Kyle Slover
Spaceline Maintenance Program Manager, Virgin Galactic

David Whitney
Partner and Chief Innovation Officer, Health Innovation Partners

Jim Zucco - Chair
Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Corente

Founding and Former Board Advisors

Peter McAlindon, Ph.D.

Mark R. Mohler

John Vecchio

Entrepreneurs and Executives In Residence

Lori Sandman
Attorney, Founder of Sandman Law Offices

Kevin Manley >
President, Community WHealth

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Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

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