Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program

CTTC’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program brings experienced businesspeople to Vanderbilt to advise and assist faculty and staff as they launch startups and explore the commercialization of research. EIRs are experts in business formation and operations who have been successful entrepreneurs, investors in startup companies, and seasoned executives from large corporations with experience in an entrepreneurial setting. EIRs offer entrepreneurs valuable industry connections and expertise.

EIRs conduct a variety of activities. They evaluate technologies for their appropriateness as the basis for a startup company. They develop business plans, financial models, go-to-market strategies, and the like. They advise on management teams, advisory boards, and corporate governance. They mentor Vanderbilt researchers who are exploring potential startup opportunities. They connect these startups to investors and potential strategic partners.

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Entrepreneurs In Residence

Evaluating, advising, and engaging with startup companies commercializing innovations from Vanderbilt inventors and creators

Adam Jay Harrison

Adam Jay Harrison is an entrepreneur, inventor, and senior executive who has worked extensively with the US Department of Defense and national security community on topics related to technological innovation and competitiveness. He has founded and led multiple technology startups in the aerospace and defense sector and currently manages a boutique venture capital fund, Dead Run Ventures. Jay is the John R. Boyd National Security Innovation Fellow at New York University, where he researches the efficacy of national innovation policies that capitalize on collaboration between the Federal government, universities, and the private sector.

Andrew J. Walters, BSBA, MSF

Entrepreneurs in Residence
Andrew began his professional career with an internship at Humana for two years. Following that, he joined Deloitte as a financial auditor working across various verticals including manufacturing, consumer products, healthcare, and healthcare technology. Most recently, during his time at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management, Andrew spent several months interning at a healthcare private equity firm in Nashville focusing on life sciences and medical device verticals. Andrew received his Bachelor's in Business Management cum laude with degrees in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Louisville and his Master of Science in Finance from the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management.