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The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute Announces New Assistant Professor and Executive Director

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Media Contact: Christopher A. Vito, 215-204-4115, cvito@temple.edu

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The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) is Temple University’s gateway to the entrepreneurial world.  After a regional search and selection process, Fox School of Business announced the appointment of Ellen Weber as Assistant Professor and Executive Director of The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.

Ellen’s resume includes over 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building leaders for emerging companies and Fortune 500 clients.  She is passionate about innovation and helping to build great companies in Philadelphia. For 15 years, Ellen has served as Executive Director at Robin Hood Ventures, a group of angel investors, focused on early-stage, high-growth companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. She also served as angel-in-residence at Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and is active with Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. Until recently, she was the COO and co-founder of VisionMine, which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations. VisionMine is a subscription service that allows corporate clients collaborative access to early start-up innovations, new technologies, and entrepreneurs that solve business problems. Ellen has also served as Managing Director of Antiphony, consulting firm focused on helping clients achieve sustainable innovation.

With her impressive practical background in strategic planning, pitching projects, project management, and advising startups, she is ideally suited to teach these skills to our undergraduate and graduate students in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship area. “We are pleased Ellen Weber will be joining the Strategic Management Department as a faculty member and also leading our IEI/Innovation/Entrepreneurship team to build on its solid foundation.  We believe Ellen’s extensive practical experience will be helpful in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students and also positioning the IEI program for continued success in the future,” stated Arvind Parkhe, Strategic Management Department Chair, Temple University, Fox School of Business.

About her role as Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Ellen stated, “I am excited about the opportunity to leverage Temple’s multi-disciplinary resources to help students, entrepreneurs, alumni and faculty launch businesses and to further build the connection between Temple and the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Fox School of Business, Temple University was established in 1918 and has a distinguished tradition of preparing business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs for successful careers. Today, it is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the greater Philadelphia region, and among the largest in the world with nearly 6,500 students, 180 full-time faculty and more than 59,000 alumni. Its programs continue to be ranked internationally and nationally by leading business publications and organizations, such as U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur magazine.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) promotes entrepreneurial spirit throughout all 17 schools and colleges of Temple University.  The IEI emphasizes integrated, applied, hands-on learning, bringing together students, entrepreneurs, mentors, alumni, faculty, and business advisors from diverse backgrounds to work on real-time projects. Services offered include: workshops, mentorship, competitions, and academic courses.  The entrepreneurship masters, certificate and general courses are highly ranked nationally by The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine.

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