Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has hired Tom Kelly as director of entrepreneurship. Kelly will oversee the organization’s technology business accelerator programs.
Kelly comes to Automation Alley with seven years of experience as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups through all facets of their early life, including visioning, strategic planning, sales and marketing and operational execution.
Kelly has also successfully launched three separate startup companies for angel, VC, and corporate investors in the fields of software, manufacturing technology and distribution.
Kelly will work with businesses, educators and government to help entrepreneurs accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and services. To date, Automation Alley has invested more than $8.59 million in 38 technology-driven startup companies across Southeast Michigan from the Automation Alley Pre-seed Fund.
“Tom Kelly is an expert when it comes to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southeast Michigan. He’s started and owned his own company and managed others. For the last several years, he has counseled a multitude of entrepreneurs in our region,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “We look forward to bringing that expertise to Automation Alley and to our clients. We feel he’s a perfect fit and are confident he will bring fresh ideas to the table.”
Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Source: Automation Alley
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