New Venture Initiative

UMass Lowell's New Venture Initiative (NVI) is a model for University cultivation of startup activity. NVI provides a path for University-owned innovation to become a startup. Enhanced mechanisms, support and resources for external startups seeking to partner with the University are also available through NVI.

Meet the Team

Abby FichtnerHacker in Residence, Harvard Innovation Lab; Founder of Hack Boston 
Srini BalasubramanianDirector of Reliability, Co-founder at Konarka Technologies, Inc., New Venture Initiative 
Tom O'DonnellVisiting Professor, Management and EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship, new venture creation, innovation strategy, corporate venturing, business development
Trish FlemingPrincipal, Giosta AssociatesMentor Program Manager, North Shore InnoVentures; Mentor, MIT VMS, BU Kindle, Merrimack Valley Sandbox
Nancy SaucierDirector, New Venture Development, Commercial Ventures and Intellectual PropertyInnovation community and program management, startup marketing, research and communications, operations management, startup fundraising, venture capital
Scott LathamChair, Associate Professor, Management (Business Policy and Strategy) Strategic planning, Organizational turnaround, Business start up development
Valerie Kijewski, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Management (Marketing)Strategy formulation and implementation
Diana L. LoceyTechnology Transfer AssistantNotary public