Emmanuel Smith

  • Commercialization Manager
  • Commercialization Team
  • Office of Technology Commercialization

Emmanuel Smith is the commercialization manager for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Kentucky (UK) serving UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER). He works with UK Innovators to develop business models and commercialization plans for the technologies and to direct UK OTC's resources to maximize the long-term impact of each UK intellectual property (IP) asset.

He was a new ventures manager for OTC working with startups. Emmanuel has a range of experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, economic development, leadership, project management, data analysis, and has been instrumental in the administration of multiple federal and state growth initiatives across the State of Kentucky and abroad. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for change in entrepreneurship, business/workforce development, and innovation. He has received multiple national awards for his work and his vision of leadership, professional distinction, and impact. Emmanuel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Kentucky State University and also continues to serve his country and state as a commissioned army officer in the KY Army National Guard.

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