Michael Fountain

Michael Fountain

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship,
John & Beverley Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship,
Professor, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering,
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Room: BSN 3331
Phone: (813) 974-7900
Fax: (813) 974-6175

Michael Fountain is the founding director of the University of South Florida's interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship, where he directs the university-wide undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship, its interdisciplinary graduate certificate and the Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies.  Fountain holds faculty appointments in the College of Business, the Morsani College of Medicine and the College of Engineering. He also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CAMLS -- the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

Under his direction, the Center for Entrepreneurship has developed national and international prominence as evidenced by top USASBE national awards and national rankings by Princeton Review as one of the nation's top graduate entrepreneurship education programs for the past seven years. Fountain was honored as one of the top 100 business leaders in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay CEO. 

An expert in creating, financing, and growing biotechnological, medical device, and life science companies, Fountain founded or cofounded seven new ventures (three later publicly traded companies) and patented and commercialized numerous innovative medical and diagnostic products (including sustained release anti-cancer drugs, genetically engineered diagnostic products for autoimmune diseases, microencapsulated dermatologic products and vaccine products for prevention of human and animal infectious disease). He was a pioneer in the development and application of the use of phospholipids in micro- and nano-particle technologies for drug encapsulation. 

He has served as the director of the National Consortium for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship and as an entrepreneur-in-residence with the Kauffman Foundation. He currently serves a member of USASBE's Board of Directors and, for four years, served as its vice president for development.

Dr. Fountain received an Honors BS from Samford University, and an MS and PhD from Auburn University.  He also earned an MBA from Bristol University. In addition, he completed advanced studies in education theory at the University of South Florida.


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