Scott Koorndyk

Scott is president of the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC), a modern economic development organization that powers progress and prosperity through entrepreneurship. The EC supports more than 1,000 innovation-focused start-ups and small businesses through a variety of programs. Clients are primarily in the concentrated sectors of technology, lifestyle, and research.

Under Scott’s leadership, the EC launched the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Technology Acceleration Project (TAP), a program to identify, assess and commercialize technologies within AFRL. Since inception, the TAP program has supported more than 200 small businesses across the U.S. In addition, the EC leads the Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) Program, a $20M initiative to provide mentoring and support services to early-stage technology companies in the Dayton region.

Throughout his career, Scott has focused on small business growth, technology development, and commercialization in diverse for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Prior to his role at the EC, Scott was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). In that capacity, he led the Dayton Region Signature Fund, a $22.5M pre-seed venture program with over 30 companies in the investment portfolio management activities. Previously, Scott served 15 years at LexisNexis in business and venture development roles, including management of venture investment, strategic alliances, and a license with a combined value in excess of $480M, and the acquisition and operational integration of corporations ranging from $500K to $80M in size.

Scott resides in the Dayton area with his wife and is the proud father of two children.

  • Hope College B.S., Biochemistry
  • University of Dayton School of Law J.D., Concentration in Intellectual Property Law
Favorite Dayton Restaurant
  • Roost Modern Italian
Favorite Book
  • “Falls the Shadow” By: Sharon Kaye Penman
  • I am a huge fan of history and biography, so the mix of the two is really intriguing. For that reason, this is my favorite book! It’s a masterpiece of historical fiction.
  • I am a runner, so I try to get out and run as much as I can. I am also a voracious reader and usually have 2 to 3 books going at any time.
What inspires you most about entrepreneurship?
  • The most inspiring thing about entrepreneurs is their grit and determination to succeed. No matter the obstacles, true entrepreneurs push through them and believe in the value of their work. I find that confidence endlessly inspiring, and it constantly reinforces my commitment to build an organization and programs worthy of entrepreneurs.