Core Team

Denitsa and Jim at the 2013 Business Plan Competition Finals
Denitsa and Jim at the 2013 Business Plan Competition Finals

Jim Chung

Jim Chung is the founding Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation I-Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator at the University of Maryland, where he worked with faculty and students to launch startup companies based on university technology. Prior to Maryland, he served as the Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board and helped establish the company’s mergers and acquisitions capabilities. He also served as Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry. He started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He was a research fellow at MIT (Security Studies Program), Harvard (Center for Science and International Affairs), the University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), the Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (NSF EAPSI-Korea Fellow), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI). He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

Denitsa Rakitska

Denitsa Rakitska is the Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Entrepreneurship, where she works closely with Jim on the creation, management, and execution of all entrepreneurship programs the team organizes. She is also the main marketing and events coordinator for the office. Prior to joining the Office of Entrepreneurship, Denitsa worked in the areas of law and science and technology policy. In addition, as a regional president for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, she led an award-winning team with whom she organized and managed programs and conferences for the entire Florida region. Denitsa holds a degree from the George Washington University in international affairs with concentration on international economics.

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