IUPUI is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Roger as the first Director for the SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center. Mark was chosen after a four-month search by a committee that included members from the Near Westside, LISC, and IUPUI staff and faculty, and will begin his work as director on February 20, 2017.
“Mark is the ideal candidate for this position. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has a track record of encouraging others to successfully pursue their business-start up dreams. Mark is extremely well connected in the entrepreneurship community and can point to a portfolio of successful entrepreneurs who he has mentored, coached, and connected,” according to Teresa A. Bennett, IUPUI Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and search committee chair.
In the new SOURCE entrepreneurship center, Mark will be responsible for the leadership and coordination of the River West Entrepreneurship Center, opening soon at 2228 West Michigan Street, on Indianapolis’s Near Westside. Mark will develop foundational partnerships for the new center, create programming, and manage the center services that will include entrepreneurship trainings, professional business coaching, co-working spaces, and mentoring programs. “It’s a big job, but Mark’s background and experience have prepared him well to take this on and be successful on behalf of our partners and community members,” Bennett continued.
Mark is a recognized state expert in entrepreneurship, and has led local and national initiatives to provide start-up and funding resources to new and existing entrepreneurs. He established Entrepreneurship Carmel, a monthly series of workshops on economic development and business owners and is a founding member of the E Roundtable, an entrepreneur educator collective of professionals who provide expertise to ease the start-up process for entrepreneurs. Finally Mark hosts a well–read blog, is a state expert in entrepreneurship, economic growth and development, and business development, and owns his own studio business.