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XPERTS: PROJECT X-ITE’S NETWORK OF FACULTY & STAFF WHO SUPPORT STUDENT BUSINESSES

 

The Project X-ITE Xperts network includes cross-disciplinary faculty, staff, and doctoral students with demonstrated interest and expertise in helping students to startup ventures or launch other entrepreneurial businesses (freelance, artists, musicians, etc.). Xperts provide students with resources and mentorship, in addition to connections to Project X-ITE programs and staff.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: accounting, arts entrepreneurship, business planning, coding, computer science and engineering, conception, ideation, digital design, financial modeling, grant writing, intellectual property and patent law, marketing planning and execution, operations, prototyping, social enterprise, strategy, team dynamic, venture funding, and any other area the provides value to our student entrepreneurs.

X-ITE Xperts are faculty, staff and doctoral students who support student entrepreneurship and inspire innovation at DU. Through consulting, leading group workshops, and supporting team projects, Xperts leverage their skills, experience and expertise to guide student journeys through the uncertain waters of entrepreneurship. Innovation Fellows are a team of Xperts who spark cross-disciplinary conversations and strive to foster an entrepreneurial culture and innovative mindsets across campus and throughout the community.

Melissa Akaka

Academic Director, Project X-ITE

Meet the X-ITE Xperts

Lindsay Adams, Daniels College of Business
John Buffington, Daniels College of Business
Eric Chess, Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging
Tracy Curtis, Colorado Women’s College
Jim Ducay, X-ITE
Brian Elizardi, Advancement
Lorne Fultonberg, Marketing & Communications
Rosanna Garcia, Daniels College of Business

Bobbie Kite, University College
Tali Koziol Thomason, Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
Bob Kumagai, Daniels College of Business
Scott McLagan, Daniels College of Business
Ashley Mercer, Daniels College of Business
Michael Myers, Daniels College of Business
Franklin Pesantez, International Enrollment Management
Jide Williams, Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Xperts Speak: The Great Reset

DU Academic Research and Programs Reimagine, Reshape, Recreate Tomorrow 

The emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Necessary actions to slow the spread of this “socially transmitted disease” put a pause on social interaction and economic development in countries around the world. As unemployment surges and debt mounts for individuals, organizations, and nations alike, citizens are doing their best to comply with government guidelines while attempting to maintain some semblance of normalcy throughout their daily lives. Medical professionals are working day and night to develop solutions to deal with the virus itself, while conversations about when we can return to “normal” are growing. But what is normal? And do we really want the social and economic aftermath of this pandemic to look exactly like it did before the pause button was hit?

What if we think of this pause as an opportunity to reset? Can we take what we know about the social, economic and natural world around us and the many lessons learned from this situation, and move forward in a more compassionate, caring and collaborative way? Can we be entrepreneurial and innovative with both social and economic goals in mind?

At Project X-ITE, we believe innovation and entrepreneurship are key ingredients to reimagining and recreating a better world, and the time to collaborate and ignite change is now. Academic research and programming at DU can help to reimagine, reshape and recreate a better tomorrow. This series highlights faculty Xperts at the University of Denver who study a wide range of social, psychological, economic, political, technological and natural phenomena and run a variety of academic programs to enhance wellbeing for diverse populations – from families, to businesses, to aging, to impoverished. The important work being done at DU provides a foundation for recovery that is grounded in cross-disciplinary collaboration and offers critical insights to entrepreneurs and other leaders making important decisions to recreate their futures and ours.

Xperts Speak: Interview with Janney Carpenter

Xperts Speak: Interview with Janney Carpenter

Xperts Speak is led by Melissa Akaka, Academic Director at Project X-ITE, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, Co-Director of the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center, and Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow. Janney...

Xperts Speak: Interview with Patience Crowder

Xperts Speak: Interview with Patience Crowder

Xperts Speak is led by Melissa Akaka, Academic Director at Project X-ITE, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, Co-Director of the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center, and Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow. Patience...

Xperts Speak: Interview with Virginia Pitts

Xperts Speak: Interview with Virginia Pitts

Xperts Speak is led by Melissa Akaka, Academic Director at Project X-ITE, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, Co-Director of the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center, and Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow. Virginia...

Xperts Speak: Interview with Michael Caston

Xperts Speak: Interview with Michael Caston

Xperts Speak is led by Melissa Akaka, Academic Director at Project X-ITE, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, Co-Director of the Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center, and Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow. Our first...