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.