Paul J. Corson has been selected as executive director of its Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Development at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The university said Corson will work to develop relationships with investors and form industry partnerships to help students and faculty further develop and commercialize research findings.
“I’m excited for what Paul will bring to UTA. He clearly understands why it’s so important that we take the research gleaned in academic settings and translate it into real-world solutions,” Kate C. Miller, vice president for research and innovation, said in a statement. “I also appreciate Paul’s vision for mentoring the talented entrepreneurs on our campus and connecting them with the many investors in our area that can help Mavericks flesh out their business ideas to make them viable realities.”
Formerly called the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation, the CETD works to create a vibrant and supportive atmosphere to allow UTA faculty and students to commercialize new technologies and pioneer new companies that will impact the North Texas community into the future, the university said.
It said CETD accomplishes that by connecting researchers and students with early-stage funding opportunities for business ideas and providing mentoring from established local entrepreneurs, often UTA alumni.
UTA also aims to foster entrepreneurship with programs such as MavPitch, an annual competition that awards startup funds to students, and Commercialization Gap Funding, which it said helps researchers further develop concepts being tested in their labs to bring those solutions to market.
The university also is planning a certification program in entrepreneurship.
Corson joins UTA from the University of Utah, where he was the deputy chief innovation and economic engagement officer for the PIVOT Center.
He also managed the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and worked internationally in Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia, UTA said.
“Universities play a catalytic role in helping regions build four types of capital vital to ecosystem development: human, intellectual, financial and physical,” Corson said in a statement. “The startups and groundbreaking technology developed by UTA’s talented students and researchers will further accelerate North Texas’ rapidly growing economy and innovative capacity. I look forward to joining this exceptional community.”
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