Jim Taylor has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and has worked for the University of South Florida Muma College of Business as a business consultant and adjunct faculty. Taylor instructs "Venture Capital and Private Equity" a required course for the Master in Entrepreneurship 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.
Jim Taylor earned his PhD from USF, with a dissertation focus on Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Ed, he holds a Master in Business Administration(MBA) from Duquesne University and a Bachelor in Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He was named a winner of the Enterprise 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. Taylor owned a venture capital funded software firm, partnered in a venture capital funded investment management firm, and has consulted and instructed other entrepreneurs. He 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.