Our Advisors

Rich Rosen

Rich RosenRich Rosen is the founder of Indigo Strategies, LLC.  Mr. Rosen is currently the chairman of the board of trustees at Columbus State Community College.  Over the past 30 years he has held numerous senior titles in world class organizations.  Recently he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Battle's Healthcare Products Sector. Mr. Rosen currently serves on several boards, including The PAST Foundation and I Know I Can.  Rich brings a wealth of knowledge to our management team including, but not limited to, high school curriculum, STEM schools and community colleges.

Rich Langdale

Rich LangdaleRich is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor and Co-Founder of Venture Highway. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. (“DSI”). Since that time he has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, he is involved in many investments, including Venture Highway.  Rich is the partner in charge of our investment.

Dr. Sharon Alvarez

Dr. Sharon AlvarezDr. Sharon Alvarez is the author of Foundations of Entrepreneurship She is the Koch Chair of Entrepreneurship (endowed) in the Department of Management, at Denver University.  Dr. Alvarez was formerly at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, where she was an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and academic director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is associate editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and chair for the Academy of Management entrepreneurship division. Dr. Alvarez won the Journal of Management Best Paper Award for her article, “How do entrepreneurs organize firms under conditions of uncertainty?” and the Fisher College of Business Undergraduate Program Teaching Award. She also has been awarded several Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation grants and the Coca-Cola Foundation Research Grant.

Dr. Alvarez was also recently awarded the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal's best paper award for 2014 for her 2007 paper with Dr. Jay Barney, "Discovery and Creation: Alternative Theories of Entrepreneurial Action." This paper is the basis for our Foundations of Entrepreneurship courseware product.

Dr. S. Michael Camp

Dr. Michael CampDr. S. Michael Camp is the author of Lean Accelerator. Dr. Camp is the executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Founder and Executive Director of the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute, and Principal of Prophetech Global IP Solutions, a technology services company offering proprietary valuation and validation services for the marketing and commercialization of early-stage, university-based technologies in partnership with leading corporations, universities and research institutions around the world. His technology screening and valuation protocols have been used to evaluate more than 500 earl-stage technologies for commercial opportunities.

At Ohio State, Dr. Camp sets the strategic direction and programmatic platform for technology entrepreneurship education, oversees the design and development of the academic and commercialization services initiatives of the TEC Institute and directs strategic partnerships with various entrepreneurship and technology commercialization support organizations both inside and and outside the University. His educational programs have trained more than 450 interdisciplinary graduate students, research scientists and business professionals in the principals of technology entrepreneurship.

He was recently recognized by Inc. (the Magazine), CNN Money and Fortune Small Business as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors. More than 30 new startups have emerged from his programs in the last six years, having raised in excess of $40 million in venture funding.

Manuel G. Serapio

Manuel G. Serapio has taught, conducted research, and consulted in international entrepreneurship and international business for over 20 years.  He is Faculty Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and Associate Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, Business School, University of Colorado Denver.

Together with Dr. Patricia McDougall-Covin (Indiana University) and Dr. Walter Kuemmerle (formerly from Harvard Business School), Dr. Serapio designed, developed, and implemented the Faculty Development Program in International Entrepreneursip, a development workshop on teaching and research in international entrepreneurship.  Since 2005, the workshop has trained over 200 faculty members (including young scholars and doctoral students) from dozens of universities in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America.   The workshop has been held in Denver, Istanbul, Bangalore, Seoul, Honolulu, and Cleveland.

Dr. Serapio has worked as a consultant for entrepreneurial companies and ventures within established multinational companies-- helping them with various aspects of their internationalization strategies and programs.  These include Molson Coors International, Starbucks Coffee Company, Western Union/First Data Corporation, Arrow Electronics, Nokero International, IBM, Global Healthcare Exchange, ePLDT Ventus, RE/MAX, Johns Manville, ING Re, Training Vision Institute, and others.  He has also consulted for and received grants as principal or co-investigator from various government organizations, such as the US Department of Commerce, US Department of Education, APEC, Matsushita Foundation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, and the Canadian government.  

Manuel started his career in international business (Philippines and Hong Kong)  as a young entrepreneur.   His current work focuses on promoting cross-border entrepreneurship between the US and the ASEAN Economic Community.