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

Luis de Bono Paula
Co-founder and General Counsel, Spirit Monkey

Greg Johnson
Chief Technology Officer, OneSky Flight

Richard Licursi
Managing Partner and Cofounder of VenVelo

Kyle Slover
Spaceline Maintenance Program Manager, Virgin Galactic

David Whitney
Partner and Chief Innovation Officer, Health Innovation Partners

Richard Fox
Venture Partner, IDEA Fund

Andrea Kurak
Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Services, Halifax Health

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

Heather Vargas
Managing Partner, Cobb/Cole Attorneys at Law

Lilian Myers
Executive Director at Starter Studio

Founding and Former Board Advisors

Peter McAlindon, Ph.D.

Mark R. Mohler

John Vecchio