Customer Discovery Workshop
In November 2012, Jennifer joined the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) as the Program Manager responsible for launching the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII). The MII is a $5.8 million program investing in commercialization and start-up companies spinning out of five participating universities; Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland College Park, Baltimore and Baltimore County campuses, as well as Morgan State University. In this role, Jennifer manages all program elements, including Guidelines and Policy, the Application and Review process, Marketing and Outreach, and Board member engagement. She brings her passion for entrepreneurship and a strong background in the start-up community to her position at TEDCO.
Prior to joining TEDCO, Jennifer was Director of the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), a first-of-its-kind Pennsylvania network of thirteen small colleges and universities focused on commercialization. More than $3 million dollars was awarded to ITN as a result of her leadership, in addition to national media recognition, and expansion of the program model
Jennifer was also Director of the South Central Region of Ben Franklin Technology Partners; analyzing marketing and sales strategies and recommending funding for early stage businesses. Over $1.4 million was invested in early stage companies during her two year tenure.
Elizabeth Good Mazhari recently formed Transition Health Ventures, LLC to advise and educate entrepreneurs who are ready to accelerate their innovative ideas through the commercialization process. She previously led start-up creation efforts at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). In this position, she advised and brought together faculty, investors, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of the most promising JHU-owned IP. She represented JHU as a board member for a number of translational funding initiatives, and also led I-Corps related activities at JHU. Prior to joining JHU, Elizabeth was the Director of Strategic Investments at University of Maryland, Baltimore where she was also focused on start-up creation. Before transitioning to technology transfer, Elizabeth oversaw all equity financing activities for the State of Maryland as the Managing Director of the Maryland Venture Fund. Her activities focused on building an economic cluster of venture capital and venture-backed technology companies in Maryland through seed and early-stage funding of life science and advanced technology companies within the state. She remains active in the State’s venture capital activities as a member of the Maryland Venture Fund Authority. Prior to joining the Maryland Venture Fund in 2000, she worked with two start-up medical diagnostic companies in product development positions. She has a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.