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Carnegie Mellon: Tepper School of Business
L. Frank Demmler
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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Princeton University - B.S.M.E. - 1971
University of California at Los Angeles - M.B.A. - 1973
Post-graduate Studies in Marketing, Harvard Business School, 1973-1975 - 1975
Teaching and Research Interests:
Transformation of entrepreneurial interest into action; optimal mix of scarce resources to create enterprise value; the dynamic relationship between execution options and capital availability; commercialization of technology; role of entrepreneurship in economic development.
First recipient of the Gerald E. McGinnis Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University - 1998-2000
Regional Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Supporter of Entrepreneurship - 1997
Automated Health Care, Inc
Computer Renaissance, Inc.
Coupling Systems, Inc
Energy Control Systems, Inc.
Laminar Software, Inc.
MindMatters Technologies, Inc.
True Commerce, Inc.
Vortex Systems, Inc.
Other small business boards
Various not-for-profit boards
Merging business and funding strategies; prioritization of execution actions; creating focus and urgency
Advisory relationships of all types with almost 3,000 early stage enterprises, their founders, and key managment in over 20 years; direct participation in hundreds of investment transactions from both sides of the table totaling about $500 million of cumulative funding. You name it and Iâ€™ve done it, or know someone who has
Other Professional Activities:
Future Fund, Inc., President & CEO 1999-2003
Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh, Vice President of Venture Development 1984-1998
Western Pennsylvania Adventure Capital Fund, Co-founder and investment advisor 1995-1998
Pittsburgh Seed Fund, General Partner 1985-1999
Carnegie Mellon University, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship 1987-2003
National Technology Initiative, repeat panelist on forums sponsored by the White House 1991-1992
National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC), Venture Funding Advisor 1989-1991
NASBIC Venture Capital Institute, Instructor 1989
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