John Martinson Entrepreneurial Center (JMEC)
The John Martinson Entrepreneurial Center (JMEC) supports Purdue students, faculty, staff, and alumni to commercialize engineering innovations. JMEC focuses on the execution and expansion stages of startups.
John Martinson is the Managing Partner at Edison Ventures in New York. With 33 years of venture capital experience, John has served on the Board of Directors of 45 companies. He made multiple investments in application software serving drug industry, education, human resources, manufacturing, engineering and enterprise solutions.
In 1986, John established Edison Venture Fund, which financed more companies in NJ, PA, NY, MD and VA than any other private equity firm. Edison raised seven partnerships totaling $730 million. Edison invested in 175 companies and exited 110.
John has led investments across numerous information technology sectors. As a board member, he contributes expertise in strategy, marketing and business planning. John created the Edison Director Network, which consists of 160 successful executives who serve on the Board of Directors of Edison investments.
John guided many East Coast venture industry networking organizations. He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, technology conferences and financing seminars. John obtained MS in Astronautics at Purdue University.
The John Martinson Entrepreneurial Center will be located in the WANG HALL to enable students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in meaningful and deliberate ways in activities that blend engineering, business, and the creation of new companies. The center also will fund the Summer Student Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. Additionally, the center will coordinate other entrepreneur enabling programs, both on and off the Purdue campus.
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