Startup Weekend East Lansing
Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
The Innovation Center
325 E. Grand River Ave.
Launch a business plan in 54 hours!
Friday November 6th
Saturday November 7th
Sunday November 8th
Andrew came to MSU from the venture capital industry where he was Managing Director of a $100M Midwest focused venture capital fund. Prior to his work in venture capital, he was Associate Director at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer where he oversaw the Business Formation unit responsible for the creation of startup companies based on University technology. During his tenure at UM the group produced over three dozen startups and developed a robust pipeline of pending projects.
Before turning to university technology commercialization, Andrew had a 20 year international career in telecommunications with multiple startup companies across three continents. He has held positions from founder to C-level at both private and publicly traded companies and has grown businesses to over 600 employees and $75M in revenue. Fundraising activities total over $120M from private, public market, debt and government grant sources. Andrew has served as a board member on numerous public, private and non-profit companies.
He received an MBA, with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan, a B. Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and has one issued patent.
His lifelong passion has been in transforming cutting edge technologies to commercial realities.
Coaches and Mentors
In 1988 as a Quality Engineer and Lead Auditor, I began developing a software product to help manage compliance activities. This product was my "hobby and baby" for 10 years, always keeping in mind patterns and system theory concepts that would help the software become stronger in all industries, before I decided to start my own company, jadian incorporated. In 2014 jadian was sold. The next logical step for me was to start a new software company developing a member directory of compliance professionals.
Now I am the CEO of GAIA, LLC. We operate globally with customers in over 50 countries helping members connect based on expertise and vicinity. www,closeandcompetent.com.
My expertise includes software development, quality management, food safety management, automotive and aerospace related quality management, environmental protection and management, and safety systems. I also enjoy reading standards (e.g. ISO 17021, ISO 9001, GFSI) and following the industries that are moving from prescriptive systems (e.g. customer based, GMPs) to more agile and adaptive management systems.
Specialties: Quality Assurance, Statistics, Software Engineering, Sales, Food Safety, Compliance Management, Auditing, Inspections, International Business, Entrepreneurship, building Brands.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend East Lansing team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU faculty and student technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy.
Techstars Startup Weekend Lansing is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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