Erik Olsen is Innovation Accelerator’s director of commercialization.
Erik has managed the NSF and Innovation Accelerator portfolio of companies since IA’s inception, focusing on articulating the value proposition of specific technologies while constructing their business case. In addition, Erik has facilitated pilot customer engagements, conducted due diligence, secured venture investments, and assisted with licensing agreements with University of North Carolina, Columbia and Stanford.
His experience in business litigation and negotiation along with his familiarity of the issues facing ventures from entity selection, operations, financing and acquisition have proven invaluable in enabling commercial successes. He has also authored articles and policy studies which have been published for the Journal of Forensic Economics and Governor’s Council.
Prior to his Innovation Accelerator involvement, Erik managed projects securing facilities and human capital as well as conducting negotiations for training personnel in Asia for Deloitte, Daktronics and others.
He is a graduate of Creighton University and the University of South Dakota having earned his J.D., M.B.A., MS Negotiation, and BS in Economics degrees.
Erik has also attended West Point, followed by a distinguished nine year military service in long range surveillance, close air support, and combat observation lasing teams.