Gordon McConnell is the Assistant Vice President for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Acceleration for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. He joined ASU in June 2011 in the role of Executive Director for Venture Acceleration, managing the Venture Catalyst unit based in ASU SkySong which includes the Edson Student Accelerator program. Prior to relocating to the US, Gordon was Deputy CEO of the Dublin City University (DCU) Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland.
Gordon is also an Assistant Professor of Practice for the College of Technology and Innovation in ASU and a member of the Executive Board for the Center for Science and the Imagination in ASU.
As part of his role at DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, he co-founded, and was the first director of the Propeller Venture Accelerator in Dublin and a charter member of the Techstars Network. Gordon worked for DCU over eight years, including the previous position of Head of Strategy and Administration in the DCU President's Office from 2005 until 2009. Gordon also taught graduate courses, including entrepreneurship, in a number of higher education institutions such as DCU, All Hallows College and Dublin Institute of Technology.
Prior to working at DCU, Gordon worked in industry, venture capital and was a senior consultant in the Andersen Consulting (Accenture) strategy practice in Europe. Gordon has also been part of the founding group of two funded start-up companies in the late 1990's.
He now serves as an advisor to a number of startup ventures including GreenEgg Technologies, Associate Mobile, AlphaStripe and G3Box. Gordon has produced published research in a number of areas including the development of high technology clusters, innovation in social entrepreneurship and the digital media sector.