Laura Kilcrease is the Director, Professor of Practice of the Center for Entrepreneurial Action since August 2013. Laura worked to diversity the formerly oil- and gas-dependent economy in Austin, TX. Ms. Kilcrease considers herself a “venture catalyst” with more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology and building emerging companies while creating collaborations between businesses, universities and government. She is an innovation systems leader and a venture capitalist. Ms. Kilcrease has a deep understanding of how to cultivate new opportunities to “grow businesses around businesses” as well as how to deconstruct and reconstruct business models to achieve significant results. She splits her time between fostering private sector entrepreneurial ventures, and working in academic institutions to create eco-systems of innovation. She is also the founder and managing director of Triton Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in startup companies.
Jana Minifie is an Entrepreneurial faculty member. She has published in the areas of health care (robotics and website development), small business, operations management, along with others. Her students ave won the first three business plan competitions at the Texas Rural Challenge. She has been a judge for the Baylor New Venture Business Plan Competition. She ran the first Matt and Jodi Edgar Undergraduate Business Plan Competition at Texas State University, setting up the procedures to be followed in subsequent years. She has assisted both undergraduate and graduate students, besides her own Business Plan Development students, in their startups, from on-line businesses to food trailers. She currently works with CEA in 3-Day Startup where students and faculty are able to work with entrepreneurial mentors on business ideas.
Dr. Cameron has been a full time lecturer at Texas State University for 4 years. His core course emphasis is on business strategy, operations management and entrepreneurship. He enjoys working with the students and finding new and creative ways to challenge their perspective and engage their minds.
Previously Dr. Cameron spent 31 years as an engineer, manager and director primarily in the computer and imaging industries. He has had the good fortune to contribute in leadership roles for many years at Texas Instruments, IBM and Dell in bringing new products and services to global markets. The scope of the work involved the design, manufacturing and service support systems for a wide range of consumer and commercial products. More recently he was COO for a business services startup and President of his own consulting company.
Katelyn Bain is in her final semester of completing her Masters of Business Administration at Texas state University. In May 2015, She received her BBA in Marketing with a Sales Concentration also from Texas State. As both an undergraduate student, Katelyn serves on the Executive Committee of Texas State Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise, and is a member of the Professional Sales Ambassador Program. In April 2016, she competed in the graduate division at the 2016 National Collegiate Sales Competition; she will compete again in April 2017.
Katelyn has worked for the Center for Entrepreneurial Action as the Director's graduate assistant since January 2016. IN summer 2016, Katelyn interned as a sales representative with 3M in the Traffic Safety and Security division. After completing the internship, Katelyn accepted a full-time offer with 3M upon graduation in May 2017.
Katelyn was born and raised in Spring Texas, a North West city in Houston. She grew up playing numerous sports, and for the past few summers, she has moved back to Houston to coach swimming. Teaching children has become a strong passion for her, along with spending her free time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, and attending sporting events.