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StartUp-UNC Faculty

Scott Albert | Strategy | Financing

Scott Albert Scott Albert, Professor of the Practice at UNC Kenan Flagler, teaches Business Plan Analysis and StartUp-UNC. He is also a Coach at Launch Chapel Hill, a university/business accelerator associated with UNC-Chapel Hill, and an Advisor for UNC’s Adams Apprenticeship program.

Scott has over 30 years of venture capital and operating experience, primarily working with early stage and growth companies. He is a Venture Partner with The Aurora Funds, Inc. (Aurora), a venture capital firm in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He also teaches and does early stage and growth company consulting and mentoring. Scott is currently the CFO and sits on the Board of Directors of Entigral Systems, Inc., an angel-backed software company in Raleigh, NC. He also has operating experience as the CEO of a venture backed healthcare services company and as the CEO for almost 2½ years of one of Aurora’s early portfolio companies, Centice Corporation.

He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jason Doherty | Technology Assessment

Jason Doherty Jason Doherty, Ph.D. supports university technology commercialization, innovation, and entrepreneurship through several programs designed to educate students, faculty, and staff and to launch, fund, and incubate university technology-based companies. Jason teaches several courses for graduate and professional students, including Startup Consulting (MBA846C) and Startup UNC – Technology Assessment (MBA848A), and has guest-lectured several courses on the topics of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Jason received his PhD from UNC – Chapel Hill and his B.Sc. from NC State University. Jason’s particular areas of interest are business incubation, startup consulting best-practices, and the university research commercialization process.

Scott Maitland | Feasibility

Scott Maitland Scott Maitland is a military veteran, serial entrepreneur, and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is the Proprietor of Top of the Hill Distillery – makers of TOPO Vodka, Gin and Whiskey – and currently the only exclusively organic and all-local distillery in the South. While in law school over twenty years ago, Scott founded his first venture -Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery- to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating the main intersection of Chapel Hill. Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery has won over 50 “Best Of” awards in the Triangle.

Scott is also in the start-up phase of a company founded to provide a technological solution to paying distillery excise taxes. He is on the board of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, the North Carolina Distillers Association, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

Scott sees entrepreneurship as essential to the future prosperity of rural, small and mid-sized communities. Scott’s love of community combined with his own experience informs his teaching of Entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler.

Randy Myer | Feasibility | Financing

Myer Professor of the Practice Randy Myer teaches business plan development for UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is former COO of a $60 million family business that specializes in the adventure travel market, founder of a national chain of pet services and partner wth Booz, Allen & Hamilton, specializing in the consumer product and services industries.

Don Rose| Technology Assessment | Feasibility | Strategy

Don Rose Don Rose, Ph.D. Don Rose is Director of UNC’s KickStart Venture Services, an entrepreneurial technology commercialization program in the Office of Commercialization and Economic Development. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups: Metabolon (metabolomics, RTP), Deerac Fluidics (nanoliter dispensing, Dublin), and DataCentric Automation (high-throughput crystallography, Nashville). Before that, he was a general partner with Catalysta Partners (now Hatteras Venture Partners), a seed stage venture fund specializing in information technology and biotechnology start-ups. During this time, Don was co-founder and CEO of Phase Bioscience, a biomaterials start-up, spun out of Duke University. Prior to Catalysta, he was co-founder and VP of Research and Development for Cartesian Technologies, a leader in instrumentation for DNA microarrays and nanoliter dispensing. Prior to Cartesian, Dr. Rose was a research scientist at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) where he developed and promoted a number of technologies in bioanalytical chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening. Prior to GW, Dr. Rose developed various aspects of capillary electrophoreses instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Dr. Rose received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina. He holds six US patents and has published eight papers, two book chapters, and one book (Research to Revenue: A Practical Guide to University Start-ups (UNC Press, 2016)).