Jordan Roe

As manager of the Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP), Jordan oversees a client portfolio of more than 90 Dayton region technology-focused startups and manages the $10.8M Ohio Third Frontier grant that provides early-stage technology-focused entrepreneurs with support and professional services. He supervises the team of Executives in Residence (EIR’s), manages funding and budget decisions, qualifies potential clients, and nurtures deal flow. He specializes in connecting clients to venture capital and other funding opportunities and enjoys networking with tech companies, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem partners with disruptive technologies making an impact. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton (Fundamentals of New Technology Ventures) and Wright State University (Business 4000), where he teaches entrepreneurship courses concentrating on commercialization of technology.

Prior to the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC), Jordan ran wellness programs for the United States Air Force (USAF) before receiving his M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from Oklahoma State University, after which he turned his focus full-time to entrepreneurship. For field studies, he traveled to Cape Town, South Africa with the University of Florida to consult for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the poverty-stricken townships. Inspired by his experience, he came back to his hometown of Dayton and started a consulting firm with an emphasis on helping small and medium-sized businesses.

In June of 2015, Jordan began working with the EC and was first tasked with running the Technology Acceleration Program, a USAF-funded program to accelerate Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). Through the SBIR TAP program, he trained over 100 SBIR companies on commercialization and has helped secure more than $20M in venture capital, angel investment, and government grants for companies. 

In addition to his current work at the Entrepreneurs’ Center, Jordan is an active entrepreneur. He and his wife own several businesses in various industries, including Life Sciences, Real Estate, Hospitality Management, Recreation, and Consulting. Notably, he has raised over a half-million dollars in funding, employs more than 20 people, manages in excess of a million dollars 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.