In Spring 2015, the Business and Entrepreneurship department is excited to welcome Mr. Aaron Tainter, Program Manager for Innovation Works’ AlphaLab accelerator programs to the MBA faculty. Aaron will be teaching our Innovation and Commercialization course (BUS 550) which is offered jointly by Chatham University’s Master of Science in Green Chemistry program and Master of Business Administration program. In his work at AlphaLab, Aaron oversees the day-to-day operations and works closely with companies to help guide them through accelerated stages of development. “At AlphaLab, I mentor promising start-up companies through their early stages of development. This includes advising companies while they build products that their customers love, develop sound business models, and commercialize their businesses. There are so many of these learnings that I look forward to applying to Chatham’s BUS 550 Innovation and Commercialization course.”
Prior to AlphaLab, Aaron spent over five years as an Associate at Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a Pittsburgh-based early stage venture capital firm. In this role, Aaron served on the due diligence team where he analyzed start-up companies across a variety of industry verticals and was a leader on the deal sourcing team where he built a national deal flow pipeline which led to a number of successful exits including Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon), Shipwire (acquired by Ingram Micro), and HotPads (acquired by Zillow). “I decided to get into the venture capital field because I had a strong passion for start-ups. Working in venture capital and now in a start-up accelerator allows me to fulfill this passion – I have the opportunity to work with a lot of exciting start-ups and compelling entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt a number of different industries. It’s a great vantage point for someone that enjoys start-ups and cutting edge ideas”, says Aaron.
Before joining Meakem Becker, Aaron served as Senior Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global bio-pharmaceutical company, where he led the strategy and implementation of a number of continuous improvement and internal consulting initiatives within the Research and Development organization. Aaron holds a BS/BA in Business Management/Marketing from Eastern University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Regarding his new venture into teaching at Chatham, Aaron says “I’m really excited about being at Chatham!”
Professor Tainter’s course will be a core element of Chatham MBA’s new concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy (EL&S). Chatham University’s EL&S MBA concentration is designed to address the distinctive challenges entrepreneurial leaders face in today’s business climate. As part of its mission to develop graduates as leaders and innovators, Chatham is now focused on educating a new generation of business professionals who are prepared to take their careers to the next level of success.