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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
Tom Tom champions civic innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America’s hometowns.

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Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D.

VCU Innovation Gateway
Senior Executive Director
Richmond, Virginia
Dr. Metcheva has an extensive experience in technology licensing and commercialization. In her current role, she provides strategic and operational leadership of a technology commercialization office serving a research-intensive university with research awards of more than $275 million. Dr. Metcheva oversees the management of a portfolio of more than 450 active inventions, over 300 patents and patent applications, and more than 120 active license agreements. She spearheaded and implemented pre-license value creation initiatives to validate and mature inventions including a commercialization advisory panel and an internal proof-of-concept fund, industry engagement program for active marketing of VCU research assets to industry and investors and attracting partners at the earlier stages of the innovation cycle. Dr. Metcheva facilitated the creation of more than thirty start-up ventures, based on faculty inventions, which have received 64 million of equity financing, have introduced 6 products to market, and two of which were selected as the ”Best university start-ups” in the country by NCET2.

Dr. Metcheva holds a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics from the Institute of Molecular Biology in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a MBA degree with concentration in entrepreneurship and new ventures from the College of William and Mary.


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