#4: Building a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Hub – In Conversation with TEC Dayton CEO, Scott Koorndyk

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Innovation and entrepreneurial development are alive and well in the Midwest.  Nowhere is this more true than in Dayton, Ohio.  I recently had the pleasure to sit down with Scott Koorndyk, President of TEC Dayton.  For the past four years, Scott has been leading his team and the community to build a vibrant entrepreneurial hub in the heart of Dayton.  Listen as Scott details his vision for this community including their innovative partnership with the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), 444 – AFRL’s newest creative space, their track record of SBIR success, and their efforts to build an entrepreneurial vocabulary among scientists and engineers.

You’ll also hear about the Arcade Project to redevelop an iconic space in the heart of Dayton to act as the hub of entrepreneurial development.

You can pick up on these topics at these points in the conversation:

Start:  How Scott got started…biochem, VC, and more….

3:45 – The early days at TEC Dayton

12:25 – The Collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

30:00 – Helping companies achieve SBIR Success

35:30 – The Arcade Project – Catalyzing a Community

49:00 – You Can Do This Too – Lessons to Share

This Podcast is also available on the Podbean desktop site, the Podbean mobile app, and the iTunes store.


The Entrepreneurial Podcast showcases high energy, positive, entrepreneurial thinkers and doers. On the show, host Wendy Kennedy, looks for unique and unusual stories of entrepreneurial success – people doing inspiring and amazing things to ignite entrepreneurs, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Each interview unpacks tools, tips and lessons learned mixed with laughter, fun, and casual, coffee bar conversations. Wendy is recognized internationally for her entrepreneurial toolkit, So what? who cares? why you? used by inventors to turn their novel science and tech ideas into start-up success.

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