Stevan Holmberg, Director
Professor Holmberg as the Director of the Sustainable and Entrepreneurship Initiative leads the Entrepreneurship Initiative and entrepreneurship academic programs, including the 1776 strategic partnership and the Entrepreneurship Incubator and the Entrepreneurship Venture Fund, which are open to all American University students.
He teaches graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and in Entrepreneurship Practicum: New Venture Creation.
His interests include entrepreneurship and innovation; new venture creation, business plans, and growth strategies; green and clean-tech entrepreneurship; social and nonprofit entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and innovation in Sweden, Denmark, and Europe; franchising; strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions; and applied strategic management in a global environment.
He is a frequent visitor to and paper presenter in Denmark and Sweden with a focus on green and clean-tech entrepreneurship, electric/hybrid vehicles and innovation.
He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa; an MBA from Indiana University; and a DBA from Indiana University.
Bill Bellows, Co-Director, Incubator
Bill Bellows is a co-founder and former Managing Partner of Copithorne & Bellows, a Silicon-Valley based global consulting firm for technology companies that provided market research and business strategy, competitive positioning, industry analyst and marketing communications services to multi-national technology firms. The firm was acquired in 1996 by Omnicom, a $22 billion advertising and marketing holding company.
Professor Bellows left in 2000 and served as President of Veritect, Inc., a Northern Virginia subsidiary of Veridian Corporation, later acquired by General Dynamics. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Red Creek Communications and played a significant role in the acquisition of the company by Sonic Wall, now owned by Dell Computer.
He is a co-founder and leader of OneWhitePixel, an early-stage mobile app development company based in Reston, VA and Utrecht, NL.
Professor Bellows has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering.
Tommy White, Co-Director, Incubator
Tommy White is a co-founder and former CEO and director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), an innovative company that provides advisory services and accredited training to key government and private sector officials from emerging market countries on economic growth and infrastructure development strategies.
White has had a dynamic career as an entrepreneur and cross sectional business leader/manager, having founded and grown three companies with successful exits in all three. In addition to his entrepreneurial and business leadership insights, he has specific expertise in U.S. government (FAR) and multilateral agency contracting & business development, as well as 25+ years working in emerging country markets.
Barbara Bird, Chair, Management Department
Professor Bird’s research interests include entrepreneurial cognition and entrepreneurial behavior. She has research projects examining new venture liabilities of newness and strategic alliances. She authored Entrepreneurial Behavior and several scholarly journal articles in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Journal of Applied Psychology.
She is past chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and currently serves as Historian. Her travels have taken her to EU, Brazil, Peru, China, Turkey and Syria.