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Incubator Co-Directors

Bill Bellows Bill Bellows is the co-director of AUCI's Incubator and teaches entrepreneurship classes at the Kogod School of Business. He has helped lead the development of cross-campus entrepreneurship programs between the university's science and business programs and was part of AU's first venture accepted into the National Science Foundation's iCorps program. Professor Bellows previously taught entrepreneurship for five years in the University of Maryland's MTECH program and has been a guest lecturer in business and entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, George Mason University and Menlo College.

Professor Bellows also serves as an advisory board member to Tigercomm, LLC, a clean tech advocacy and marketing firm with offices in Virginia and California. He has been an angel investor in Northern Virginia tech and banking startups, and is an advisory board member to the Marist College School of Management in New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and communication in 1974.

Prior to joining the Kogod faculty, Professor Bellows was an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience working in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. He has started and run four companies and served as a C-Suite executive for three other early stage companies.

Professor Bellows' most prominent startup role was co-founder and managing partner of Copithorne & Bellows, a market and media consulting firm that developed and executed strategy, competitive research, positioning and market outreach programs for Fortune 500 and emerging technology companies. He is also co-founder of OneWhitePixel, a mobile application developer that designed and built innovative apps for the World Bank and several European health care agencies.

Tommy White Tommy White is co-director of the AUCI Incubator. He is responsible for oversight of the activities and programs of the Incubator, identifying potential student-led ventures, and mentoring student leaders of accepted ventures.

Professor White has started six companies with successful exits in four, his most enduring of which is the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3). He was co-founder and CEO of the company, which provides advisory services and accredited training to key government and private sector officials from emerging market countries.

Professor White is an engaged angel investor in the mid-Atlantic region and a member of the New Dominion Angels group. He screens business plans and conducts due diligence on companies seeking early stage financing in the $200,000 - $1,000,000 range.

He is also active in the community where he serves as a business mentor to companies in the 1776 incubator. He has worked with over 80 start-up companies on strategic planning, revenue/financial forecasting models, and pitching investor. Professor White also serves as a board member to Together-We-Bake, Inc., a non-profit providing life training and baking skills to women recently released from prison.

Professor White teaches entrepreneurship classes at Kogod School of Business on business modeling, financial forecasting, and investment/sales pitches. He is also the Director of AU's Venture Investment Competition (VICI) program that participates annually against 70 of the world's top business schools.

Professor White received his MBA in Marketing from the Kogod School of Business, American University and his BA in Economics and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.