Carla Pavone
2-212E Carlson School
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Carla Pavone

Associate Director
Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship


  • PhD
    Business Administration, University of Minnesota

  • MBA
    General Management, Harvard Business School

  • BA
    Biology, University of Pennsylvania


  • Innovation commercialization, start-ups, managing growth, corporate venturing, leadership, social ventures, translating business research to business practice

As Associate Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and Program Director of MIN-Corps, Carla Pavone facilitates technology commercialization by designing and delivering education and coaching to University of Minnesota STEM students, faculty and researchers interested in bringing their innovations to the market. She also teaches entrepreneurship, strategy and leadership courses, primarily at the MBA level.  Dr. Pavone has a BA in biology from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in business administration from the Carlson School of Management.  She has had three careers:  in magazine and software publishing (primarily at start-ups), in financial services (mainly leading internal corporate start-ups and turnarounds) and in academia.  She also currently serves on the boards of Social Venture Partners Minnesota and WomenVenture

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Program Director, MIN-Corps

    With funding from the National Science Foundation, MIN-Corps is a joint initiative of three areas of the University of Minnesota: the College of Science and Engineering, the Office for Technology Commercialization, and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management.  We also receive support from MnDRIVE – Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy – a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota that aligns areas of University research strength with the state’s key and emerging industries to address grand challenges. The MIN-Corps mission is to increase innovation commercialization capabilities and activities across the University of Minnesota.  MIN-Corps offers a variety of bootcamps, workshops and courses aimed at STEM students, faculty and research staff.

Community Relationships

  • Board Chair, Social Venture Partners Minnesota

    Board chair of, and partner in, the Minnesota chapter of Social Venture Partners International, which uses engaged philanthropy to make a positive difference across the globe.  Here in  the Twin Cities, our corporate, philanthropic and individual partners donate expertise, time and money to help high-potential nonprofits that serve at-risk youth. 

  • Board Member, WomenVenture

    Serve on board and also as Chair of the Women's Business Development Center Advisory Board.  WomenVenture provides women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership. The mission is to help women attain economic self-sufficiency through the creation and growth of profitable and sustainable businesses.