Kimberly Gramm, Managing Director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park joined Texas
Tech University in April 2016. Gramm's background includes economic and business development,
technology venture startups, angel and venture funding, entrepreneur/innovation academic
programming, public-private partnerships, government and external relations, and strategic
Gramm's collective experiences make her a forward thinking catalyst for regional development
of a knowledge based economy. Her contributions to building a culture of entrepreneurship
through collaborative efforts has resulted in performance driven strategic initiatives
recognized by the state of Florida. Her plans for Texas Tech University is to continue
to build on on the innovation tradition and create a renowned dynamic "hub" with engaged
alumni, faculty, students, investment and business community that fosters organic
growth to drive economic development in the West Texas region and beyond.
Gramm's entrepreneur academic experience began at Florida Atlantic University in 2008 as director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, one of the top ten largest business school in the country. She championed academic programs and co-curricular programs which included the FAU Business Plan Competition where more than 700 entrepreneurs gained access to start-up funding and mentoring. During her time as director, she raised over $1.2 million in cash and prizes awarded to student and local entrepreneurs. In 2010, she became Assistant Dean of Community Relations, leadership in key strategic College of Business initiatives with an emphasis on business development and community engagement.
In 2014, she co-founded FAU Tech Runway, securing $4.5 million to establish a new
public-private funded accelerator program to identify, grow and launch companies. The initiative
was developed and is currently a key component to the regions' ecosystem. Prior to
leaving FAU in April 2016 through her work with University leadership and the Board
of Trustees the program received additional funding of $750,000 from the state of
Florida to provide seed grants to startups. A total of 15 companies were launched
from the inception of the program in October 2014, during her time at FAU. The startups
generated more than $3 million in revenue, 73 employees, and more than $8 million
in angel and/or venture funding.
Prior to joining FAU, Gramm worked in the areas of entrepreneurship, business development, family businesses strategic marketing, government relations and global corporate strategy for Fortune 100 companies.
Gramm earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of South Florida and her Master's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Tampa.