Running the Bases today with James Barrood, Founder and CEO of Innovation+ helping leaders, companies, Higher Ed institutions, and communities grow and drive innovation.
“Thoughtfully bringing people together” - Today’s guest has a history of knowing what the next top trend is going to be, and he is an expert in working a room to connect the right people together in support of entrepreneurs and their ideas.
He is among the top leaders of the east coast’s innovation ecosystem. For 20-plus years he has helped nurture entrepreneurship, Innovation, and technology in his home state of NJ as well as up and down the East Coast. The entrepreneur gene runs deep in his family, after receiving his MBA from Texas A&M our guest entertained corporate positions but found his calling leading the top-ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Farleigh Dickinson University for 17 years.
In 2008 he was recognized as one of New Jersey’s “Forty Under Forty Business Achievers” by the New Jersey Business Journal. After his successful run leading the Entrepreneurship Center. He presided over the New Jersey Tech Council where he lead programs that drove connections, funding, and opportunities in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia for thousands of companies, both local and national. In addition, he helped launch the $55 million Tech Council Ventures Fund.
He has written articles for Entrepreneur, and Business Insider and frequently speaks at regional and global conferences. He has appeared on MSNBC & ABC as well as many local New Jersey networks.
In 2020 he founded Innovation + where he is continuing to cultivate the high-tech ecosystem by engaging the academic and corporate communities, advising companies, and helping startups get funded, grow and scale.
Book: Art of the Gathering
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