Department Seminar - Matt Smith, COO of TandemLaunch
Open to: Academic, Alumni, Public, Student Admission: Free Ticketing:
Entrepreneurship is hard, and you should do it
The innovation economy is one that emphasizes entrepreneurship and is becoming an increasingly dominant driver of economic development. University-led research remains a relatively untapped source of world-disrupting innovation as the path from invention to industry is a treacherous one. Matt Smith, COO of the TandemLaunch consumer electronics startup incubator in Montreal, will share stories about the companies that have been borne out of university ingenuity. Learn about what makes a great entrepreneur and how to avoid the traps that most often lead to failure.
Matt began his career in innovation in 2001 with DARPA-funded work at McGill University’s Center for Intelligent Machines where he led the design of several legged robotics platforms acquired by Boston Dynamics (now Google). After a period in Core Engineering at Bombardier aerospace working on R&D of advanced material structures, he co-founded and was CEO and President of two startups; one a technology incubator spinning out patented technologies; the other a retail automation franchiser. Other roles in early stage companies included Product Management, VP Operations and Chief Quality Officer in life science sector startup Aurora Interactive and VP Operations in industrial hybrid clean tech company EcoPower (acquired by Mi-Jack). As Partner & COO of TandemLaunch, Matt oversees new venture creation and combines his passion for entrepreneurship and business development with deep expertise in execution (engineering, product management, quality and operations) to help coach TandemLaunch’s ventures through productization and early traction.