Director, The Entrepreneurship Collaborative (TEC)
Office Location: Nelson Hall 1311
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Department / Affiliations
Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC); Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Roger Debo's Personal Biography
Roger Debo – Director of The Entrepreneurship Collaborative in the NC State Poole College of Management and 2011 NC State University Entrepreneur of the Year
Since its inception, with support from the Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology and Science, the TEC Program has taught over 420 graduate students, been primarily responsible for the creation of new high tech ventures and lines of business employing over 350 people, and assisted more than forty companies that have attracted over $250,000,000 in capital.
Roger’s affiliation with TEC began in 1997 and has been its Director since 2000. During his tenure, he has been an advisor/consultant for 10 companies, the interim CEO or Board member for 5 startups and is currently the Board Chair for Xanofi, an NC State spin out. In 2002, he founded a non-profit organization and an LLC to promote technology commercialization here at NC State.
In 2004, Roger was part of a team that launched the COHiTEC program in Portugal, which lead to a country-wide commercialization initiative that has created more than a dozen companies; established a €10MM venture fund and received the 2006 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award from Stanford University. Roger was also primarily responsible for launching and supporting a TEC program for The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, which received a 2009 NCIIA Olympus award for innovative thinking in education. In 2008, Roger was a cofounder of TECnet, an international network of entrepreneurship educators, which received an EU-US grant to foster international collaboration for education and commercialization of university technologies.