James G. Taylor

James G. Taylor

Assistant Professor of Instruction/Program Planner, Center for Entrepreneurship
Phone: (813) 766-6400

James G. Taylor is an assistant professor of instruction with the USF Center for Entrepreneurship in the Muma College of Business. He has 6 years' experience working for the college as an adjunct professor for the graduate Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies program and as Instructor for the undergraduate entrepreneurship minor.  In 2018, he was approved by the AACSB Certification of Teaching Credential Qualifications to instruct in the graduate school of business.

Taylor has 22 years' experience as a faculty member, including as MBA faculty for the Seton Hill University Graduate School of Business, and adjunct professor for Eckerd College's undergraduate PEL Program. He designed and delivered the USF Student Innovation Incubator  and Tampa Bay Technology Incubator Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (ECP) through the Florida SBDC at USF.  

Taylor is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in management/economics and holds an MBA in finance from Duquesne University. He holds a certificate in entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University as a result of a full scholarship awarded by the Pittsburgh High Technology Council.  He earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction, leadership, counseling, adult, career and higher education from USF with a dissertation focus on graduate entrepreneurship education. He more than 25 years' experience as an entrepreneur, investment professional, consultant and academic organizations. He is the founder and CEO of a Venture Capital, a funded financial software company that was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Incubator Program. He is a Florida Registered Investment Adviser.


  • MAN 4802 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

  • ENT 3613 – Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurship

  • ENT 6415 - Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • ENT 6016 -   New Venture Formation : H-Farm Italy


  • 2020, presented a workshop based on his dissertation "Faculty Perceptions of Core Components Perceived to be Effective in Their Prominent Graduate Entrepreneurship Education Programs" at the USASBE 2020 Conference in New Orleans

  • 2019: NSF I-Corps Award National Science Foundation, Nano Flux Technology

  • 2018: NSF I-Corps Award National Science Foundation, MediBand

  • Taylor, James Grant, "Faculty Perceptions of Core Components Perceived to be Effective in Their Prominent Graduate Entrepreneurship Education Programs" (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/7096

  • Scotece, T. and Taylor, J., “Funeral Home Entrepreneurs Find a Niche in Stockholm”, ICCFA Magazine: International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, March 2011.


  • Board adviser, Blockspaces, a blockchain incubator associated with Tampa Bay Wave and Embarc Collective.

  • Board Adviser, the Omega Prize, a non-profit crowdsourcing prize for medical research.

  • Adviser to Appavu Medical Company developing rapid SarsCov2/Covid19 therapeutics and diagnostics.

  • Advised more than 250 small businesses in the Tampa Bay region, from start-up to more than $50 million in revenue as a consultant for the Florida SBDC at USF and dozens of companies in the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator at USF CONNECT and mentored dozens of student companies in the Student Innovation Incubator.

  • Adviser, Florida Israel Business Association concerning incubator, seed and venture capital investment

  • President, Plant High School Orchestra Booster Board/Plant Theatre Company

  • Regional commissioner, Clan Irwin Association