Karl Kraus is Senior Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center and also Manager of the SBDC location at Temple University’s Ambler Campus. In his work with the SBDC he provides general business consulting and advising services to businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region, with a focus on companies involved in manufacturing, new product and service development, and those firms commercializing new technologies. Karl is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Fox School’s Strategic Management Department, teaching courses related to entrepreneurship and management of small and early-stage companies. He is Managing Partner of Material Growth Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides technical and market evaluation of emerging technologies for the investment community in order to inform their investing decisions. Karl also is a member of the Advisory Committee for investments in the Physical Sciences Sector at Ben Franklin Technology Partners Southeastern PA. Karl has started and operated 2 independent firms, 4 new business units within industrial corporations, and has advised over 600 client companies in all phases of operations, from pre-venture through launch and growth to successful exits, all in a wide variety of business sectors. He holds a MBA in International Business from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University and a BS in Chemistry from Ursinus College.