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Greenlight Competition

The second annual Greenlight Business Model Competition has concluded.
Greenlight was held at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Coordinated by Spartan Innovations, part of the MSU Innovation Center, the event aims to expand entrepreneurship and small business success in Michigan. Greenlight had a record number of attendees and 25% more submissions to pitch over the previous year.

 

Brian Abraham

Executive Director
Dr. Brian Abraham is the Executive Director of Spartan Innovations, focusing on creating New Ventures from Michigan State University intellectual property. Dr. Abraham oversees all aspects of Spartan Innovations from formation and infrastructure development to exit strategies for New Ventures created.

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Paul Jaques

Director of Student and Community Engagement
As the Director of Student and Community Engagement for Spartan Innovations, Paul Jaques works with the MSU undergraduate students on their business ideas and inventions to potentially get them to market. This effort is combined with funding from two endowments, Forest Akers and Gerstacker, which are available to the undergraduate students. He also works with the State of Michigan community on all entrepreneurial efforts and events.

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Lori Fischer

Executive Assistant
Lori Fischer is Spartan Innovations’ Executive Assistant. She oversees the overall efficiency of the office and helps out anywhere that is needed.

 

Lori earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, MN. She worked a multitude of positions in the graphic design field until 2001 when she began transitioning into Office Management.

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Ian Charles

CEO in Residence
Ian Charles Ph.D. has over 20 years of business experience in the US and Europe in a variety of industries including automotive, manufacturing, business and technical services, renewable energy, medical devices and public sector power generation. His areas of specialist competence include: Product Development, Manufacturing, Strategic Planning, Financial Modeling, Business Process Improvement and Mergers & Acquisitions.

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Jeff Banker

CEO in Residence
Jeffery Banker is an experienced, serial entrepreneur with the drive & skill-set for identifying high-growth market opportunities and building growth companies to exploit those opportunities. Mr. Banker has 29 years of leadership experience in business and technology management including roles as CEO and founder of venture-backed start-up and early stage growth companies. He has authored successful business plans resulting in over $22 million in seed, venture, and debt capital raised for such growth entities. For these firms, he provides executive leadership in growth planning, commercialization & markets, capitalization, and strategic partnerships.

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Michael Medvec

CEO in Residence
Michael Medvec works with Michigan companies to commercialize technology based products, which are building a new economy base in Michigan. He has helped clients in a range of industries including materials, manufacturing, university technology transfer, solar electric, utility grid stabilization, energy storage and composites.

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Robert Fulk

CEO in Residence
Robert Fulk is an accomplished business executive with nearly 20 years demonstrated leadership experience in the strategic business consulting and information systems industry – reengineering clients’ processes to achieve high performance and efficiency. Rob has held several leadership positions in successful companies establishing business and marketing strategies, operations, and financial processes resulting in increased market share and improved margins. Rob has a graduate certificate in accounting and an MBA in strategic management.

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Rick Warner

CEO in Residence
TruckSmartParkingServices, Inc (TSPS) founder and veteran innovator of usable technology in the transportation industry draws on extensive knowledge from multiple industries and leadership roles. As a business development leader in the broadest sense of the words, Rick Warner has guided new businesses and products to market for over 25 years. Successfully operating as an entrepreneur in both established corporate environments and lean start-up environments, Rick’s business development expertise has been brought to bear in the aerospace, transportation, marine, renewable energy, applied industrial materials, and the wireless Internet fields. Rick serves on the Transportation Research Board‘s New Transportation Systems And Technology committee and focuses his skills on bringing sustainable value to users of technology.

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Edward Kim

CEO in Residence
Edward Kim is an experienced entrepreneur and executive who has guided new businesses and products to market in manufacturing, enterprise software and information technology sectors. Edward brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in business and product development, finance, and launching new ventures. His career includes a variety of leadership assignments with Ford Motor Corporation, Accenture, and a FIAT company as well as start-ups.

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Michael Chaparian

CEO in Residence
Mike is a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences. Most recently, Mike was the founder and CEO/CSO of SelectX Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed company focusing on developing novel antibiotics using an integrated chemical genetics – medicinal chemistry drug discovery platform. Prior to founding SelectX, he founded OmniScience Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and served as its President and Chief Scientific Officer from 1997 through 2002.

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Brian Polowniak

CEO in Residence
For over 20 years, Brian Polowniak has been President and CEO or Solution Strategies, Inc., a global consulting firm that helps companies grow their businesses, craft business plans, develop sales strategies, build specific market strategies, recommend investment direction, and manage executive relationships. Brian’s sales analysis and structured business processes allow clients to realize an immediate impact on the sales team productivity, global customer development, and significant profit improvement. He is an expert in business and relationship strategy development and market segmentation.

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Suzanne Summers

Post Doc
Dr. Suzanne Summers is a post doc at Spartan Innovations, working on preliminary data collection for a new blood banking technology, as well as grant writing. After graduating from the University of New Haven, in Connecticut, with her B.S. in chemistry and her B.S. in forensic science, Suzanne attended Michigan State University and earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 2013. While at MSU, her dissertation work was focused around zinc uptake and glucose metabolism of the red blood cell and the downstream effects in multiple sclerosis. She is currently working on improvements to the storage of red blood cells for transfusion to reduce the adverse effects of this procedure.

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East Lansing, Michigan  48823

 

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