Michael currently manages PCI Ventures. In this role, he is actively building programs to accelerate the commercialization of Penn technology through entrepreneurial ventures. The most significant of these programs is UPSTART.
The mission of UPSTART, which he developed since joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, is to provide UPenn faculty and staff with the means and support to launch businesses based on their promising research. Through the creation of the companies, UPSTART focuses the faculty member on applied research and building the commercial value of the technology to their benefit as well as the university and society in general.
After the company is formed, UPSTART continues to assist in the development of the business by providing several additional entrepreneurial services including Addressable Market Analysis, Product Strategy Development, Fund Raising Assistance, Commercialization Grant Preparation and Management Team Recruitment.
In the past three years, UPSTART has initiated over 50 company projects of which many are now operating businesses.
Prior to UPenn, Michael made investments in enterprise software and business services for NewSpring Capital, Apax Partners and GE Capital spanning more than ten years in private equity. He began his career in manufacturing operations for General Electric/Lockheed Martin and participated in the successful completion of several commercial and government satellite programs.
Michael graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from The Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania, and has an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.