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Join us as we celebrate the Startup Grind Global Women in Entrepreneurship month with serial entrepreneur, Julie Lenzer, currently serving as AVP of Innovation, Economic Development and Co-Director of University of Maryland Ventures.
Plus, come out to meet our featured local, home grown startup as they demo, share lessons learned, and pose a problem for the community to help them solve.
As AVP of Innovation, Economic Development, and Co-Director of UM Ventures, Julie is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park. She also promotes and facilitates university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and UMB.Read More
As Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director of UM Ventures, Julie Lenzer is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.
Most recently, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters.
Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority focused on igniting the entrepreneurial culture and bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. During her tenure, the MCE saw the creation of programs such as 3D Maryland, the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator focused on Conscious Capitalism; and a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab and other leading research institutions.
A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Lenzer was also the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses using technology transfer.