Babs Carryer Bio
For me, entrepreneurship is a unique way of looking at the world. Once you train yourself to seek opportunities in the form of problems that need solutions, you can’t go back. I became an entrepreneur to make a difference. I co-founded LaunchCyte and we now have a portfolio of five companies which have commercialized university technologies into products in the life sciences and technology markets. I make my home in Pittsburgh and am proud to be integral to the regional startup scene.
Everyone wants to write a novel. I know why most don’t – it’s friggin’ difficult! A startup is the perfect setting for a murder mystery. I didn’t know anything about writing a murder mystery, but I learned along the way. Now I hope to turn the book into a series. I have writing the NewVenturist blog since 2011, hoping to bring provide value of my lessons learned to early stage entrepreneurs.
In my role at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, where I am director of education & outreach, I work with early-stage entrepreneurs daily. I coach and mentor, pushing students and faculty to the next level, pulling them to reduce risk, and guiding them along the entrepreneurial journey. I write the NewVenturist blog targeting first-time entrepreneurs to let them know what I wish I knew when I was starting on my own startup pathway. During 20-years of running Carryer Consulting, I have worked with hundreds of companies and startups to grow their businesses. I am also a co-founder of Women In Bio-Pittsburgh.
“Can you really teach entrepreneurship?” I am often asked. “I don’t know,” I answer, “but I know that I can unleash the entrepreneur within.” I’ve taught entrepreneurship for close to 20 years at Pitt, formerly at Carnegie Mellon, to all kinds of students, from freshmen to doctors to scientists. I teach experiential education around innovation and entrepreneurship in my role at the Innovation Institute. I developed and ran the Fulbright “Lab to Market” seminar program for the 120 Fulbright scholars in the U.S. who selected the innovation and entrepreneurship track. I develop curriculum and teach entrepreneurship at Ascender, a regional accelerator (formerly Thrill Mill). Before Pitt, I spent 15 years at Carnegie Mellon University, helping to start and grow the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through teaching entrepreneurship, as embedded entrepreneur for Project Olympus, and as innovation advisor for the Institute for Social Innovation. Previously, I was director of deal flow at for BlueTree Allied Angels and director of training and faculty development at VentureWell. I travel to places like Portugal, Turkey, Algeria and Brazil to teach entrepreneurship. I am lucky to teach a subject I love.
Living on a sailboat full-time is where I’m heading. For now, I practice on my 28’ Sabre, Grania. My husband, Tim Carryer, and I have sailed in Greece, Italy, British Virgin Islands, and the Chesapeake.