December 4, 2014
Firm, alumnus lend support to Fisher's TEC Institute
Further elevating the support of students, faculty and technology startups, the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business recently received a $250,000 gift from IKOVE Capital Partners.
“IKOVE and its founders are valued partners who share our vision and dedication to advancing the art, science and practice of technology entrepreneurship,” said S. Michael Camp, executive director of the TEC Institute. “Their generous contributions will help move us forward in our mission to train faculty and students in the advanced principles of technology entrepreneurship and accelerate the commercialization of university-based technologies.”
A venture capital firm focused on investing in and providing strategic support to early-stage and concept technologies, IKOVE was founded by Flavio Lobato and Ohio State alumnus Rodolfo Bellesi. The company’s gift will support the programs and activities of the TEC Institute, including managing the Technology Ventures Lab, training for students and faculty, engaging executive mentors, and evaluating early stage technologies for their commercial potential.
“We’re excited to partner with the TEC Institute at Fisher College of Business to help bring promising technologies to the marketplace, and to support the next generation of technology entrepreneurs,” said Bellesi, who holds an MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State. “Through collaborations with the TEC Institute, we are developing an innovative approach to university technology commercialization that is without equal in the country. Ohio State students are getting a world-class experiential opportunity.”