Jim Taylor has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and has worked for the University of South Florida MUMA College of Business for 3 years as a Business Consultant. Jim instructs "Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurship" (ENT 3613) as a required course for the Entrepreneurship Minor at the USF Center for Entrepreneurship and was an Adjunct Professor in the PEL Program at Eckerd College. He started and delivered the USF Student Innovation Incubator (SII) Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (ECP) through the Florida SBDC at USF. He is also currently a Ph.D. candidate at USF, with a dissertation focus on Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Ed.
Jim earned a bachelor's in management from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master's in business administration from Duquesne University. He was named a winner of the Enterprize Pittsburgh Business Plan Competition and was awarded a scholarship from the Pittsburgh High Technology Council to Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper Graduate School for a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Jim owned a venture capital funded software firm, partnered in a venture capital funded investment management firm, and has consulted and instructed other entrepreneurs. Taylor has several years of experience with Big-4 consulting firms, has held multiple positions as a bank VP, and was a professional portfolio and mutual fund manager.