Carla Pavone

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Carla Pavone


  • PhD 
    Business Administration, University of Minnesota

  • MBA 
    General Management, Harvard Business School

  • BA 
    Biology, University of Pennsylvania


I catalyze innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship by designing and delivering training and coaching for researchers and entrepreneurs in both academic and nonacademic settings. I also teach entrepreneurship and strategy courses at the MBA level.

I have 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. Before retiring from my full-time position, I led MIN-Corps, educating thousands of researchers on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, many of whom went on to become successful entrepreneurs raising tens of millions in commercialization research grants and equity.  I also was a co-PI of the NSF Great Lakes I-Corps Hub, co-associate director - Innovation Ecosystem for the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, and senior personnel - Innovation Pillar for the ATP-Bio NSF Engineering Research Center.

I am now in my fourth career doing part-time teaching at the Carlson School of Management and for the I-Corps Great Lakes Region Hub, as well as consulting through Isles Growth Initiative LLC.

I also serve on the Advisory Board of the Twin Cities regional SBA Women's Business Development Center, a part of WomenVenture.  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.