Director | Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures at NC State University
As Assistant Director for Venture Development Wade leads the efforts to launch and support startup companies from NC State that are based on University research. During the last three years Wade has been responsible for the support of over 36 startup companies and has launched initiatives including the PackStart Program, the Venture Innovation Partner (VIP) Network, the Executive In Residence (XIR) program, and partnership with the CED Venture Mentor program. Wade serves on the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Advisory Board, the NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs Network Board, the Innovate Raleigh Task Force, and serves as an Executive in Residence in NC State’s HiTEC startup creation program. Wade brings eight years of experience advising companies and has served as a Technology Commercialization & Development Counselor for the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the Assistant Director for the Economic Development Partnership for NC State University, and as a business advisor for the Economic Development Administration’s University Center for NC State. Wade has experience as a small business owner, as a startup consultant and in commercial finance and insurance with a Fortune 100 company. Wade received his Bachelors of Finance from the University of Florida as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University focusing on Organizational Change Management and is a veteran of the US Army.