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Kristel Smith
  • Accelerator Director

Contact Information

  • Department: Innovation & Commercialization Center, EKU B&T Accelerator
  • Office: BTC 040
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Kristel Smith serves as the Executive Director for Entrepreneur Services at CEDET for the Eastern Region Innovation and Commercialization Network. In her role, Ms. Smith prepares businesses, communities, and industry clusters for strategic growth and development. She creates companies and business models, and integrates innovation and intellectual property to deliver solid financial business positioning and growth.

Kristel is skilled in developing key partnerships, advisory boards, and educational models for startups, businesses, and other organizations. Entrepreneurial in experience and thinking, Kristel connects universities, communities, businesses, and government leaders.

Her educational background includes a bachelor of computer science, an MBA, and an international economics study at the School of Economics in Austria. She completed Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaching and Leadership Institute (Scotland) administered by the University of Kentucky and Venture Capital Institute at Emory University, and is a certified FastTrac Administrator and a facilitator through the Kaufmann Foundation.

Among other accomplishments, her strong background and experience at Procter & Gamble and IBM provide Kristel with a well rounded and exceptional ability to analyze and lead and position organizations for growth and change.

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