Carolina Innovations Seminar

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OCED Carolina Innovations Seminar
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Great Room, Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Followed by a networking reception in the same location 

Experiences in University technology commercialization

Karen LeVert
President, Southeast TechInventures, Inc.

Karen LeVert will talk about university technology commercialization in general, how Southeast TechInventures and Ag TechInventures approach it, and how others can do the same.  She’ll also talk about her experiences of being an entrepreneur in North Carolina for the last decade.

Karen is President of Southeast TechInventures and Chief Operating Officer of Ag TechInventures, Inc. She co-founded both companies as technology innovation labs focused on further developing promising technologies from universities and spinning them off into the commercial marketplace.

Ms. LeVert’s business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with over twenty-five years of successful leadership experience in start-ups, technology commercialization, and executive management. She started her career at a Fortune-500 company in positions of increasing responsibility from computer programmer, to controller, to general manager of a 500-person operation. Her first entrepreneurial venture was launching a franchise bioremediation company in 1998 that she later sold in 2001. Before co-founding STI, Karen co-launched a Silicon Valley venture-funded software company where she served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. Karen holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and an Information Technology undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Along with her professional duties she serves as a Board member for Ag TechInventures, Southeast TechInventures, Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), North Carolina School of Science and Math, and NCIDEA. Karen is a former recipient of CED’s Entrepreneur of the year.



Register for this Event, free of charge, at: Registration for Sept. 2016 Seminar


This year the OCED Carolina Innovation seminars will be held entirely in the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. The seminar runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed immediately by a networking reception in the same space.

Public Parking Options

Traveling from Raleigh/Durham, via Franklin Street, make a right on North Columbia Street. Take the next right on Rosemary Street. There will be pay lots on both sides of the street. The charge for parking is $1.00-1.25 per hour.

Campus Parking Options

Parking on Campus is available, but it is sometimes difficult to find spaces. The charge for parking is $1.00-1.25 per hour.
The Swain Parking lot is located on Cameron Avenue and is the most convenient to Sitterson Hall as well as Top of the Hill, however, this lot is sometimes full or reserved. From Raleigh/Durham via Franklin Street, make a left onto South Columbia Street. At the second light, make a left onto Cameron Avenue. The first left is the entrance to Swain Parking Lot.

The Morehead Parking Lot is located on Franklin Street next to Morehead Planetarium.

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DATE Confirmed Speaker(s)
September 1,2016 Karen LeVert, President, Southeast TechInventures, Inc.
October 6,2016  
November 3, 2016
December 1, 2016
January 5, 2017
February 2, 2017
March 2, 2017
April 6, 2017
May 4, 2015 –  Celebration of Inventorship
*Dates are subject to change 

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