BioB.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2013
"Entrepreneurship is fundamentally the connection between people: the co-founders, their partners, and their customers."
Directly interfacing with students, Alex is described as the “go-to” person for any student who seeks to become immediately well-connected within the UVA entrepreneurship ecosystem and to understand actionable steps for their project. Alex spends the majority of his time cultivating a community of practice, known as Works in Progress, composed of students who are pursuing independent entrepreneurial projects outside of formal programs such as classes, clubs, or competitions.
He also facilitates Creative Problem Solving workshops, teaches a class he designed on applying the Creative Problem Solving process to invention, and focuses heavily on building connections between highly-engaged individuals throughout the invention process. A winner of many entrepreneurial competitions himself, Alex has been the guiding force to refining the pitches of the national and international winners of student entrepreneurship competitions that have put UVA in the spotlight.
Behind the scenes, Alex designs and coordinates large events around celebrating the community of student entrepreneurship projects. He invented, promotes, and runs the fall SPARK: Faces of Technology Innovation and the spring Student Entrepreneurship Project Fair events. Alex designed the program for and helps manage the day-to-day of the Pike Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellowship, a 9-month program that offers the greatest UVA financial support to young entrepreneurs. He also produces the video content related to technology entrepreneurship.
Alex’s research has centered on the insights gained through collecting, maintaining, and visualizing all data related to the Works in Progress community. Through this, he has designed the Works in Progress method, which aligns university programs in a pipeline structure to maximize a university’s impact on cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset within students through the intentional design of peer influences. Through his efforts, the University has been able to account for and support ten-fold more highly-engaged student entrepreneurs per year than in 2015.