Oregon State University is bringing in a veteran business development leader from California to help lead its new incubator program, the OSU Venture Accelerator.
Mark Lieberman, the former executive director of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, will serve as the chief startup officer and co-director of the new initiative, which aims to bring a more focused approach to commercializing OSU research, the university announced on Monday.
“He has direct experience with helping to mentor early-stage companies and helping them find resources to get them off the ground,” said Ron Adams, executive associate vice president for research at OSU.
Lieberman will team with John Turner, who teaches entrepreneurship in the College of Business, as the accelerator’s other co-director.
OSU officials are seeking near-campus office space for the new Venture Accelerator, which is being kicked off with a $380,000 investment from the university.
The program’s goal is to identify research findings that might form the basis of profitable companies and provide legal, marketing, financial and mentoring assistance to help them get started.