Karen is the Director of Network Engagement at the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame. The IDEA Center consolidates multiple groups at Notre Dame related to the practice of entrepreneurship — including both the former Office of Technology Transfer; and, various student educational programs including our ESTEEM MS in Entrepreneurship, as well as an undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship. The IDEA Center (standing for Innovation, De-Risking, and Enterprise Acceleration) uses a stage-gated, milestone-driven process which, in its first incarnation at the University of Utah, resulted in either directly or indirectly close to 20,000 jobs (from 286 Utah companies). The average wage of these jobs was 59% higher than the Utah statewide average. In an average year these startups generated $754.5 million in personal income and $76.6 million in tax revenue. Since 2011, the University of Utah’s spin-offs have collectively raised over $400 million in investment funding, secured over $70 million in grants and have been involved in acquisitions totaling more than $500 million. Karen’s role at the IDEA Center is to connect our spinouts and startups to the resources they need — for advice, for leadership, or for funding. She brings her background in the practice of patent law, prior to joining the IDEA Center, to her role as well. She is a registered patent agent, and has drafted over 500 patent applications. Karen holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.