Senior Managing Director
Senior Managing Director, Innovation Hub at Research Park, Texas Tech University
Director of Texas Tech Accelerator
Former Associate Vice President, FAU Tech Runway
Kimberly Gramm became Senior Managing Director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park (Hub), April 2016 at Texas Tech University where she leads the overall operation of the Hub. The Hub supports economic growth of the state and region fostering startups and meaningful relationships with industry. Her primary focus is startup creation, building an innovation and entrepreneurial pipeline. She believes a multi-disciplinary approach to academics, co-curricular programs, research projects and a world class LEED facility(s) is the foundation to build a knowledge-based economy. She works with leadership to strategically attract technology clients from around the world to collaborate with the university system in Texas. She has 10+ years of early stage technology venture development with over 266 startups created under her management in university environments. Her passion is to develop, implement, and find resources to support Innovation and Entrepreneurship programming for students, faculty, and entrepreneurs. She has been awarded $10.75M+ grant and industry sponsored program funding.
Currently she manages Texas Tech's GLEAMM (renewable technologies) proof of concept and accelerator early stage seed funds. As a co-investigator, TTU was recently awarded a $3.4M National Science Foundation Southwest National Science Foundation Node I-Corps grant as well as an NSF I-Corps Site award of $257K focused on supporting Texas Tech commercialization from research. The grant de-risks technology deepening the success of the startup pipeline. In addition, Dec 2018, she was awarded the Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies Seed Competition grant of $300K focused on creating a $3-10M Ag-Tech venture fund the first in West Texas. Director of the Texas Tech Accelerator she currently manages 6-10 startups per year who receive $25,000 seed grants. Prior to joining TTU, she was at Florida Atlantic University for eight years as Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship & Assistant Dean of the College of Business developing strategies for entrepreneurship programs. In 2014, as Associate Vice President at Florida Atlantic University, she co-founded the University accelerator called FAU Tech Runway. She and her co-founder raised $4.5M initial investment from the university and state of Florida Governor's office. She has extensive expertise in angel and venture funding.