Join us for our September luncheon featuring guest speaker:
EPICenter Logistics Accelerator Lead
Brian Rogers joined EPIcenter in Memphis, TN, in March 2017 as the first full time lead of the EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator. His career spans twenty years of new venture development in roles as Six Sigma process and quality engineer, attorney, trainer, consultant, investor, entrepreneur, and program manager. His industry engagements include the semiconductor, electronics, chemicals, bioscience, healthcare, academic, and government sectors. Since 2011 he has been involved in initiatives in the academic and government sectors, aimed at increasing economic and educational attainment. He is active in two new business growth investment (Angel) funds.
EPIcenter was launched in 2014 by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle to “serve as the single front door and single point of accountability for entrepreneurs in Memphis”. The Logistics Innovation Accelerator is one of six new business accelerator tracks available to new ventures in Memphis, operated in close partnership with Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks. The accelerators are generally aligned with regional economic strengths and needs, particularly focused on technology-led ventures, such as those built around medical devices or software.
Additional details regarding Brian Rogers’s career:
Prior to joining EPIcenter, Brian was the founding Deputy Director of the Office of Skills Development Division in the Arkansas Department of Career Education, one of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s five Workforce Cabinet agencies. The Office of Skills Development was created by legislation in 2015 and administered $45MM in state education and training funds that supported apprenticeship, high school vocational, and special workforce development education and training grant programs.
Brian started his career as a Six Sigma Process Engineer at Texas Instruments, Inc. He was in the Austin, Houston, and Dallas markets for over 15 years, during which he completed law school and spent years in private business and intellectual property law practice as a licensed patent attorney. Ultimately he was hired full time by one of his clients, Scott & White Healthcare (now Baylor Scott & White Health), a billion dollar research hospital system, as the managing attorney for research and the first intellectual property and technology commercialization manager. In this role he structured and negotiated hundreds of agreements related to research and development, including licenses, and was primarily responsible for representing the system’s interests in multiple startup companies.