Jordan Roe

Jordan Roe received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University (2007) and a M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, summa cum laude, from Oklahoma State University (2014). He has been with the Entrepreneurs’ Center since June 2015; he started as the Program Manager for SBIR TAP (Technology Acceleration Program), an Air Force funded program to accelerate Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). Through SBIR TAP he has trained 100+ SBIR companies on technology commercialization and helped to raise more than $120M in angel, VC, and nondilutive funding.

In 2017, the EC was awarded the Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP), a state grant to provide early-stage technology-focused entrepreneurs with support and professional services. Jordan has helped to build this program from the ground up, and what was originally a $1.2M grant is now a $14.9M award. Jordan serves as the Director of Venture Development / Entrepreneur in Residence. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton (Fundamentals of New Technology Ventures) and Wright State University (Applied Business Planning) where he teaches entrepreneurship courses focusing on commercialization of technology.

As an entrepreneur, over the last decade, Jordan owns/owed several businesses in various industries including: Life Sciences (Biodye), Real Estate (IronOak Ventures), Hospitality Management (South Park Tavern (sold)), Recreation (VJDS LLC), and Consulting (SmallBizBigger). Notably, in regards to his own businesses, he has raised over a half million dollars in funding, employees 25+, manages over a million in revenue, and continues to expand the reach of those businesses.

  • The Ohio State B.S. Degree, Physiology, General
  • Oklahoma State University M.S. Degree (Summa Cum Laude), Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, 3.9
Favorite Books
  • “Four Steps to the Epiphany” By: Steve Blank
  • “The Business Model Navigator” By: Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger & Michaela Choudury
Favorite Dayton Restaurants
  • South Park Tavern, Thai 9, Flemings
What inspires you most about entrepreneurship?
  • Progression. Empowerment. Building something out of nothing. Creating community impact.