Carla Pavone

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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


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 the 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.

Administrative Appointments

Co-Principal Investigator and 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.

Executive Committee and Senior Personnel for Innovation Ecosystem, ATP-Bio Engineering Research Center

The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio) aims to “stop biological time” and radically extend the ability to bank and transport cells, aquatic embryos, tissue, skin, whole organs, microphysiological systems (“organs-on-a-chip”), and even whole organisms through a team approach to build advanced biopreservation technologies.

Advisory Board, Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

MCFAM combines undergraduate and graduate academic programs in Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics with activities that bring together academia and industry. This collaboration creates high quality, comprehensive educational and research platforms that advance domain knowledge and address industry needs. 

External Advisory Board, Center for Women in Medicine and Science

The Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) supports and facilitates leadership and professional development opportunities to achieve gender equity, diversity, and inclusion. We aim to create supportive institutional collaborations and infrastructures to ensure gender equity now and in the future.

Community Relationships

Board of Directors, Social Venture Partners Minnesota

Board member, 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 of Directors, 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.