La Royce Batchelor, an entrepreneurship professor from the University of North Dakota, has been named the new director of the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Asper School of Business.
The former Red River College instructor moves back to Winnipeg after holding various positions at the UND since 2009, where she earned her PhD.
Batchelor replaces Stuart Henrickson who became head of corporate and commercial banking for HSBC in Manitoba earlier this year after about seven years running the Stu Clark Centre.
Batchelor, who is also a black belt in karate, will be responsible for developing and managing a suite of programs at the centre including strengthening connections with the Asper School’s academic entrepreneurship program and community partners and stakeholders.
The Stu Clark Centre, part of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, helps budding entrepreneurs from all faculties of the university.
For instance, its New Venture Analysis and Business Venture Analysis courses show students how to build business plans ready to present to investors and introduce them to new technologies ready for commercialization through the U of M’s Technology Transfer Office.
Among other duties, Batchelor will serve as a mentor to young entrepreneurs at the U of M seeking to launch startups and compete in global business venture competitions.
She steps into the role on Aug. 1, 2017.
“La Royce Batchelor’s diverse experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and teaching make her an ideal fit for the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Asper community,” said Gady Jacoby, acting dean of the Asper School of Business.
She is a self-described “lifetime serial entrepreneur,” who launched her first startup at age 15. As an instructor at UND, she created and taught courses in digital entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial communication.