Paula Sorrell is Managing Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She oversees $70 million in programs to support Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer, technology service providers, business incubators, and seed funding programs. Prior to MEDC, she has held full and interim senior management roles at seven early to mid-stage technology companies. All resulted in successful sale of the company, IPO, or are still a going concern. Paula’s past activities in economic development include stints as a national trainer to economic development centers, universities, and consultants for early stage commercialization strategies and supporting eco-systems. She was the co-developer of screening tool used several entrepreneurial support and investment organizations to evaluate commercialization potential in early stage companies. Paula has been a technology business coach for investment portfolio companies, business incubator tenants, National Lab managers for the U.S. Department of Energy, and 1,000+ sustainable technology businesses for a group of 1300 international investors. She holds a bachelor degree in marketing and an MBA from Central Michigan University.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Paula Sorrell and other top speakers and celebrities.