TEACHING TEAM

Kris Johansen

Kris Johansen

Manager, Industry Relations in EDIR at ISU; Interim Director, ISU Startup Factory

Expertise: Biotech, Funding Strategies (including state and federal grants), Project Management

Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt

Program Assistant II, ISU Startup Factory

Expertise: Administration, Communications, Public Policy

Linda Borst

Linda Borst

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Expertise: Accounting, Quickbooks, Financial Projections

Tim Neugent

Tim Neugent

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Expertise: Investment, Strategic Planning, Marketing

Donna Ramaeker Zahn

Donna Ramaeker Zahn

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Expertise: Global Ag & Biosafety, Food Policy, Strategy, Investing

Carol Kersey

Carol Kersey

Mentor & Volunteer

Expertise: Product Development, Manufacturing

Jeff Paxhia

Jeff Paxhia

Mentor & Volunteer

Expertise: Food Science and Technology, New Product Development, and Food Innovation

Brian Porter

Brian Porter

Angel Investor & Mentor

Expertise: Process and Project Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing

Dave Furbush

Dave Furbush

Angel Investor & Mentor

Expertise: Strategist, Activator, Investor, Sales

FORMER TEACHING TEAM

Kevin Maher

Founder of GlobalVetLink, VetMeasure, and Maher Technologies. Actively involved in development of Ag Startup Engine. Involved in Cohort I, II, and III.

Milt Miloy

Management Consulting at Springboard Consulting & Capital. Involved in Cohort I and II.

Kate Lyon

General Counsel at EcoTech LLC. Involved in Cohort I.

Darin Heisterkamp

ISU Alumnus with years of experience creating international success for US small companies and startups. Involved in Cohort I, II, III, and IV.

Allen Bierbaum

VP of Technology at Priority5. Involved in Cohort I.

Steve Herrnstadt

Professor, Industrial Design and Fine Arts at Iowa State University. Involved in Cohort I.

Alison Doyle

Director of Marketing and Business Engagement – ISU Research Park

Kevin Kimle

Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship at ISU & Director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Involved in Cohort I, II, III.

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