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Baylor University Becomes Central Texas Partner for Technology Entrepreneurship

March 24, 2010

Baylor Professor Greg Leman certified as Supercoach instructor

Sharon C. Ballard, President/CEO of EVI announced today that Baylor University has become a licensee for EVI's Supercoach Entrepreneurial Training curricula exclusive for Central Texas. Baylor University is ranked #4 in the Top 25 best undergraduate universities by Entrepreneur magazine in 2010.

Ballard also announced that Baylor's Dr. Greg Leman has been certified to deliver programs based on Supercoach Entrepreneurial Training. Dr. Leman is a Clinical Professor in the Hankamer School of Business, serving as Director, University Entrepreneurial Initiatives and holds the Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship. He has 25 years of experience as engineer and scientist and entrepreneurial leader in companies ranging from $1M to $2B in size. He has worked in the US, Europe and Asia at Fluorine Chemicals, Great Lakes Chemical, Cabot-Huels, Cabot Corporation and Dow Chemical Corporation. At Baylor, he has created new courses that center on breakthrough technology-enabled value creation, and the processes need to sustain innovation leadership in the globally connected world of the 21st century. Programs under his direction include a highly immersive technology entrepreneurship summer abroad experience in Shanghai that links cross-disciplinary student teams with innovative companies in China. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois.

"Dr. Leman has over 20 years of experience in education, chemicals and industry and has focused his career on creating business successes from technical innovations," says Ballard. "EnableVentures and our national and global clients receive considerable value working with Dr. Leman and his Baylor entrepreneurship programs like i5 in Shanghai."

Ballard is a serial entrepreneur and former Motorola business development executive who created Supercoach Entrepreneurial Training to assist entrepreneurs in starting new businesses. These materials and coaching philosophy are based on one-to-one structured facilitation, and now serve as the foundation for professional development courses, workshops, and college-accredited courses nationally and globally, across all businesses and industry sectors. EVI clients include:

• Arizona State University SkySong (Technopolis) Program

• University of Strathclyde Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Glasgow, Scotland

• Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences and University of Jyväskylä Launch Pad Program, Finland

• University of Kentucky's Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, Lexington

• New Jersey Institute of Technology Enterprise Development Center, Newark

• National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Advanced Invention to Venture Program

Since 2000, Ballard has been collaborating with Dr. Jonathan Levie, an Academic Researcher and former Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde. He held research and teaching posts at London Business School; INSEAD, France; Babson College, US; and University College Cork, Ireland. He created the Technology Entrepreneurship for Postgraduates Programme at the Hunter Centre and an innovative and highly successful MBA course based around Supercoach® materials and techniques, a version of which is being delivered in Dubai, UAE.

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