Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Founders Series: Lee T. Todd Jr.

Lee T. Todd Jr., former UK president, was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2010. As an inventor and entrepreneur, one of Todd's passions has been to change Kentucky's economy to make it more globally competitive. During his presidency, Todd created the Office for Commercialization and Economic Development to increase the value of UK's intellectual property portfolio and the number of UK startup companies. He was faculty advisor of the E-Club, an organization for students to learn how to become entrepreneurs. Dr. Todd was instrumental in creating the Lexington Venture Club and the Bluegrass Angels network. His efforts have resulted in a significant increase in the amount of venture capital available in the region, the number of startup companies formed by UK entrepreneurs, and royalties received by the university.

Todd was included in the Founders Series video interviews, a Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame project. Awesome Inc., a business incubator in downtown Lexington, Ky., created the video series.

Lee T. Todd Jr. biosketch

About the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Taking Risks
Lee T. Todd Jr. received six patents for large screen projections while at MIT. When the company that licensed those patents went backrupt, Todd decided to buy their used equipment to run his own company.

Making Decisions
Todd talks about his decision to take a risk and try to run his own company.

Networking
Todd took a class at MIT called "Developing  Enterprises," which introduced him to a whole new world of entrepreneurship and investment.

Leaving His Faculty Position
Todd talks about his decision to leave his faculty position at UK to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

The Bumper Sticker Story
Todd describes the need to grow an enivornment for entrepreneurship at UK.

About the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame began in 2010 and seeks to share and celebrate the stories of Kentucky's most successful entrepreneurs. The Hall of Fame was created to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the commonwealth and encourage others to pursue similar endeavors. Sponsors of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame include Awesome Inc., Sustainable Business Ventures, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Hanna Resource Group and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Awesome Inc., a business incubator in downtown Lexington, Ky., created a Founder's Series of video interviews with the inductees. Visit www.entrepreneurhof.com for more information.

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