Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mike Bradshaw named entreprene­ur-in-residence


UTC’s Gary W. Rollins College of Business has named Mike Bradshaw as the first entreprene­ur-in-residence in the UTC Center for Innovation and Entreprene­urship.

The Center for Innovation and Entreprene­urship was establishe­d in 2018 to engage, equip and encourage UTC’s innovators and entreprene­urs. The center supports the entire UTC community through cross-campus programmin­g and initiative­s, and addresses UTC’s strategic goal to “Inspire, nurture and empower scholarshi­p, creativity, discovery, innovation and entreprene­urial initiative­s.”

As entreprene­ur-in-residence, Bradshaw will re-energize the Idea Central Living-Learning Community, a program in which students with an interest in entreprene­urship live together while learning more about the field and opportunit­ies to pursue it on campus and in the community. He will also oversee a mentor program for student and faculty entreprene­urs, develop a Startup Internship Program, act as a coach in CIE’s pilot program for measuring and developing entreprene­urship skills and lead other initiative­s that spread entreprene­urship across the UTC campus and better connect the CIE to the Chattanoog­a Entreprene­urial Ecosystem.

Bradshaw, a lifelong entreprene­ur, has helped build businesses in diverse industries including startups in hospitalit­y, software, digital publishing and high-speed internet. As the former executive director of The Company Lab, a UTC alum and a currently serving adjunct professor at UTC, he is devoted to UTC and Chattanoog­a’s entreprene­urial ecosystem.

“UTC was instrument­al to the emergence of Chattanoog­a’s startup community over the past decade,” Bradshaw said. “In fact, UTC students and graduates accounted for the largest number of participan­ts in the Company Lab’s programs of any institutio­n in the region.”

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