Below are the visionaries, agents of change, that do what it takes to make it happen. This (tea)m has crafted the Transatlantic Entrepreneurship Academy (TEA) from idea to reality; past and present.
HEAD | DEPARTMENT OF CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP | CENTER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND APPLIED BUSINESS STUDIES
Professor Alfred Gutschelhofer is the head of the Department of Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurship as well as the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies at the University of Graz. The Department is a practice-oriented institution providing relevant teaching in business and management studies.
DIRECTOR | FELICIANO CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Dennis is the inaugural director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship located in the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University. The Center facilitates real-life entrepreneurial experiences for students of any major at the University. The Center has created an entrepreneurial ecosystem (entrepreneurs, investors, professional services) which will be leveraged to support the entrepreneurial education model.
ZWI, Center for Knowledge- and Innovationtransfer, UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ
It’s the startup world, where I put my professional focus on and and all my passion into. I am fostering the development of technology startups, especially spin-offs from the universities in Graz. Therefore I am constantly searching for teams with innovative ideas to support them during the turbulent pre-seed and seed phase of their startup. That’s what I have been doing for more than 140 startups since 2006.
Currently I am working on the ZWI. This Center will be build within the next 2 years right on the Campus of the University of Graz as a hub for all Innovators in Graz.
MIX LAB CO-DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF INNOVATION DESIGN
Iain Kerr is a designer, systems thinker, and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of creativity, ecology, and emergent systems. With a background in Architecture, Design, Art and Philosophy he brings a unique perspective to issues of social innovation, design and entrepreneurship. His work is focused on inventing novel creative processes to transform seemingly intractable problems into problems worth having. Iain has spent the last two decades developing and teaching unique transformative models of creative processes.
STARTUP ENTHUSIAST AT UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ
Remo is an startup enthusiast based in Austria. His goal is to push the startup scene to the next level. He is also in charge of teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Graz. One of his main tasks as an employee of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies is to support students and scientists in their fields and connect them with the austrian startup world.
MIX LAB CO-DIRECTOR AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTRUCTOR
Jason Frasca is a top leader of New Jersey’s entrepreneurial community, who was recruited in 2014 to help evolve the entrepreneurship program at Montclair State University. Jason is an entrepreneurial business executive, marketing, and sales professional with 20+ years of experience managing Fortune 500 and nationally recognized clients in direct marketing, small business, private investigations, and consulting for technology solutions development. He has dedicated his career to designing radically innovative processes and solutions for his companies, employers, and clients. By deconstructing complex problems Jason provides a systems design approach to the execution of optimized business performance. This optimization mindset has yielded massive results with limited resources.
Alexander is a member of the entrepreneurship team at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies. He loves working in and with startups and shares his knowledge and experience he gained as a former founder. To generate enthusiasm and support people in realizing their ideas are his biggest aspirations, in his entrepreneurship lessons and beyond.
Assistant Director in the Office of International Engagement
Wendy Gilbert-Simon is an Assistant Director in the Office of International Engagement. She is responsible for developing and managing Montclair State University's faculty led short-term study abroad programs and short-term programs at MSU for international students. She handles visiting international scholars, international events and guest lecture series. She received a BA in Asian Studies at Connecticut College and an MA in Japanese at Stanford University, spent her junior year abroad (and then some!) in Japan, has traveled to many countries, and hopes that everyone has the opportunity to experience the world.
Markus is employed in the entrepreneurship team at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies. He works together with various startups and has an expertise in the field of marketing and sales. Due to his academic background, he likes legal as well as analytical tasks and combines them with inspiring creativity. He loves to motivate people to get started on their ideas and improve them.
PROGRAM MANAGER | FELICIANO CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Sharon Waters became the Feliciano Center’s program manager in June 2013. She oversees marketing, communications and events, and also counsels students about entrepreneurship opportunities. She is also the manager for Women Entrepreneurship Week. Sharon has taught ENTR 201 “Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation” and has worked on curriculum matters, such as developing the course parameters for ENTR 350 (co-op internship course). She oversees the Center’s co-op internship program and serves as faculty for ENTR 350. Sharon is a member of the Promise Prize selection committee for an annual $5,000 student award.
SPECIAL ADVISOR EMERITUS
Sebastian Swoboda has always been an open-minded person, interested in many areas such as business, politics and international relations. By running the Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz, he started to develop his interest in international affairs which was strengthened by his exchange year in Montclair in 2014/15. This year abroad affected him strongly as he dove into the field of Entrepreneurship through classes led by Jason Frasca, his entrepreneurship instructor, future friend and colleague.
Lorenz is a former participant of the first transatlantic entrepreneurship academy and of course a true startup enthusiast. As a project assistant at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies he coordinates and supports special parts of the Academy.
TECHNOLOGY & PROJECT MANAGER
I am a senior at Montclair State University studying Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I have spent most of my college career learning about innovation and how I can use it day to day. Currently, I work as a digital design consultant for patent applicants. Some notable projects include The Local Bowl, a project using ceramics and local Glenn Ridge clay to produce bowls for Local, a coffee shop in Montclair, as well as Geo, a bag collection showcasing the use and understanding of bio-materials.
TECHNOLOGY & PROJECT MANAGER
Altarik Banks - has been around since the beginning of both our entrepreneurship and innovation program, completing both certificates. He is now a designer emerging into the real world - working on everything from design fabrication of patents, ceramic-ware with an local ethos, growing of bio-materials, a soon-to-be released geometric bag collection and an array of other innovative products.
Hannah Wingler is a full time student at Montclair State University. She majors in Business Administration with concentrations in both Marketing and Sports, Events, and Tourism Marketing. In addition, Hannah is pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship. Her most recent professional experience was interning with Town Square Live Events. She participated in the Transatlantic Entrepreneurship Academy in the Spring of 2017. She now joins the program as an event planning coordinator volunteer.