Tom Schryver is a visiting lecturer of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy and serves as a member of the teaching team of eLab, Cornell's student business accelerator, and faculty advisor to Big Red Tech Strategy and the Big Red Venture Fund. An experienced entrepreneur and angel investor who has served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies, Tom has successfully structured new companies and raised capital in the form of private venture capital and venture debt, as well as grants and loans from local, state, and federal agencies. Previously, he was an investment banker and institutional investor, leading a private family foundation to top-quartile investment returns.
In addition to teaching at Johnson, he serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) at Cornell. In that role, he directs the National Science Foundation-funded UNY I-Corps Node and Cornell I-Corps Site, and is the Node's lead instructor as well as for the College of Engineering's Commercialization Fellows program. At CREA, he oversees Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, including 76 West, NYSERDA's $1m clean energy business competition.
He serves as vice chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State, on the boards of Tompkins County Area Development and the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, and co-chairs the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council's innovation working group.
Tom has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell, where he was a recipient of the Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).