Inclusive Innovation Tackling the World's Most Pressing Issues
Currently, I serve as Director of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Rachel Carson College Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Through the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars, my team and I nurture next-generation innovations and ventures. We focus on science-based, AI, and digital technologies that are tackling environmental, health, and socio-economic issues, and on creating a new kind of ventures that embody the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, with shared prosperity in mind from day one.
As a Rachel Carson College Lecturer at UCSC, I foster inclusive and mission-driven innovation by teaching technology innovation, human-centered design and entrepreneurship for sustainability and planetary health, and "Hacking for Oceans", a new course launched as part of the "Hacking for" series hosted at Stanford and at the University of California, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego, applying the lean launchpad methodology to real world problems in specific areas of research and academic excellence in each campus. Hacking for Oceans is being opened up to the entire UC system in 2021-22.
I also serve as a member of the UC Office of the President's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at enabling the UC system to continue creating bold solutions to today’s biggest challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.
To conclude, I teach technology innovation through the NSF Innovation Corps, a program aimed at bringing more scientific research-based innovations to market. My courses and the Innovation Corps program are experiential and project-based, allowing teams to develop early-stage ideas and to launch ventures and innovations from the classroom.