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Meet the X-ITE Faculty Innovation Fellows

Project X-ITE’s Innovation Fellows are cross-disciplinary faculty and staff who support Project X-ITE’s efforts to foster student entrepreneurship on campus. They work closely with Melissa Akaka, our Academic Director, to develop and grow our initiatives; guide and inform students, faculty and staff about X-ITE programming; and recruit Xperts to join our mentorship network. They also serve as the link between Project X-ITE staff and student entrepreneurs, ensuring DU students are aware of all the innovative programming we offer!

Melissa Akaka

Melissa Akaka, Daniels College of Business, Academic Director of Project X-ITE, Co-Director of the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center

Michael Caston

Michael Caston, Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Janney Carpenter

Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Fellowship at the Barton Institute of Philanthropy & Social Enterprise, University College, Josef Korbel School of International Relations

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman, Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Patience Crowder

Sturm College of Law

Stephen Haag

Daniels College of Business

Laleh Mehran

Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Virginia Pitts

Office of Teaching & Learning

Derigan Silver

Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts

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