Gary Palin

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Koury Business Center 334
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
gpalin@elon.edu (336) 278-5920

Professional Expertise

Entrepreneurship, New Venture Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Venture Growth.

Brief Biography

Gary Palin is a senior lecturer of entrepreneurship at the Love School of Business at Elon University. He brings a combination of over 30 years experience in both the academic and entrepreneurial communities. He founded the Entrepreneurship Education Initiative at NC State University in 1993 and served as the executive director until 2008. He was a faculty member of the NC State College of Management for 17 years. He also guided the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Elon University as the executive director from 2008 through 2012 with a resulting enrollment growth of over 1200%. Palin’s areas of expertise include new venture development, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and venture growth.

He was a founding member of the MIT Global Startup Workshop Board of Advisors, founder of the Social Entrepreneurship and Education Consortium, and founder of the Entrepreneurship and Education Network. Palin has been named a recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award from the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence. He has served as Director of NC State University’s Small Business Technology and Development Center where he assisted hundreds of business launches, expansions, and acquisitions. He has developed executive education programs in business planning, new venture launches, and technology commercialization. He consults for numerous entrepreneurial ventures and also has consulted with major corporations such as Texas Instruments, FMC Corporation, and Thomas Register. 

Courses Taught

ENT 350 - Entrepreneurship Skills

ENT 355 - Applications of Entrepreneurship

ENT 372 - Global Entrepreneurship Ventures

ENT 460 - New Venture Planning

Publications

Farrell, K., Cooney, T., Palin, G. R., Benson, C., World Congress of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management Conference Proceedings, "Understanding the Relationship Between Entrepreneurship Education, Experiential Learning Theory and Business Ethics ", Limerick, Ireland.  (June 2012).

Benson, C., Palin, G. R., Cooney, T., Farrell, K., International Council for Small Business Conference Proceedings, "Agents of Change: Using Transformative Learning Theory to Enhance Social Entrepreneurship Education", Wellington, New Zealand.  (June 2012).

O’Mara, K., Cort, K., Palin, G. R., International Journal of the Academic Business World, “A Cross-National Empirical Study Investigating the Role of Purchasing Purpose has on the Country-of-Origin Effect”. (May 2011).

O’Mara, K., Palin, G. R., International Conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference Proceedings, “Teaching Innovation, Entrepreneurship Skills and Knowledge to Individuals with Neurological Disorders:  A Pathway to Fulfillment, Self-Determination, and Self- Esteem”, Izmir, Turkey. (November 2010).

O’Mara, K., Cort, K., Palin, G. R., ABWIC Conference Proceedings, “A Cross-National Empirical Study Investigating the Role of Purchasing Purpose has on the Country-of-Origin Effect”, (Best Paper Award) Nashville, TN. (May 2010).

Presentations

Palin, G. R., Mandel, S., Flanders, L., GCEC Conference, “Shared Lessons and Exercises in Experiential Learning”, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. (October 6, 2012).

Palin, G. R., ICSB Conference, "Agents of Change: Using Transformative Learning Theory to Enhance Social Entrepreneurship Education", Wellington, New Zealand.  (June 11, 2012)

Palin, G. R., Friedlander, J, ICSB Conference, "Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Unlocking Innovation", Wellington, New Zealand.  (June 11, 2012)

Palin, G. R., Verdon, A., Erkut, E., Bujorian, O., MIT Global Startup Workshop, “Incubating Entrepreneurship”, MIT, Istanbul, Turkey. (March 30, 2012).

Palin, G. R., Allen, K., Whitaker, S., GCEC Conference, “Is the Business Plan Dead in Entrepreneurship Education?”, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (October 22, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Zavelson, L., Carlin, A., University Economic Development Association Conference, "Collaboration among Universities: Opportunities to be Involved on a Global Scale", Indianapolis, IN. (October 10, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Higher School of Economics Business Accelerator, “Developing an Effective Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”, Moscow, Russia. (July 22, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Ajjan H., International Council for Small Business, "The Role of Web 2.0 Applications in Social Entrepreneurship", Stockholm, Sweden. (June 17, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Ferrier, M., International Council for Small Business, “Emerging Journalism Innovations and the Role of the Academy”, Stockholm, Sweden. (June 16, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Adamian, M., Brown, S., Igel, B., MIT Global Startup Workshop, “Tech Transfer & the Role of Universities”, MIT, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. (March 24, 2011).

Palin, G. R., Mandel, S., Clemons, C., University Entrepreneurship Summit of North Carolina, "Organizer and Moderator", Elon University, Wake Forest University and Bennett College, Greensboro, NC. (February 11, 2011).

Palin, G. R., O’Mara, K., International Conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, “Teaching Innovation, Entrepreneurship Skills and Knowledge to Individuals with Neurological Disorders:  A Pathway to Fulfillment, Self-Determination, and Self- Esteem”, Izmir, Turkey. (November 12, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Muslim Entrepreneurship Conference, "Understanding Social Entrepreneurship", Dublin, Ireland. (October 6, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Wales Ireland Network for Social Entrepreneurship, "Impact and Strategies of Social Entrepreneurship Ventures ", Dublin, Ireland. (October 6, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Dublin Institute of Technology College of Business, "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship", Dublin, Ireland. (October 5, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Cooney, T., Benson, C., International Council for Small Business Conference, “Combining experiential education and entrepreneurship to attack social issues: perspectives from America and Ireland”, Cincinnati, OH. (June 26, 2010).

Palin, G. R., MIT Global Startup Workshop, “University Entrepreneurial Ecosytems”, MIT, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland. (March 24, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Benson, C., Clemons, C., European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Webinar, “Connecting Social Entrepreneurship Activities Across Universities”. (February 25, 2010).

Palin, G. R., Benson, C., Clemons, C., NC Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute, “Connecting Social Entrepreneurship Activities Across Universities”, Elon University, Elon, NC. (February 9, 2010).

Palin, G. R., RENT Conference, “Chair - Social Entrepreneurship Paper Presentation', Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. (November 21, 2009).

Palin, G. R., RENT Conference, “New Ventures in Established Firms.”  Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. (November 21, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Baranyi, G., Blackburn, R., Boari, C., Bruckner, Z., RENT Conference, “Entrepreneurial Growth of the Firm.'  Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. (November 20, 2009).

Palin, G. R., RENT Conference, “Entrepreneurship Research Impact on Venture Launch and Growth.'  Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. (November 20, 2009).

Palin, G. R., RENT Conference, “Pre-conference Doctoral Seminar” Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. (November 19, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Mandel, S., University Entrepreneurship Summit of North Carolina, "Organizer and Moderator", Elon University and Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. (November 4, 2009).

Palin, G. R., GCEC Conference, “Social Entrepreneurship – How Entrepreneurship Programs are Making a Difference in the World” Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 17, 2009).

Palin, G. R., O’Mara, K., GCEC Conference, “Alliances and Partnerships Across Institutions – Models for Effective Collaboration” Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 16, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Hawthorne, J., "Opportunities of the MassChallenge in NC ", Duke University, University of North Carolina, NC State University, Wake Forest University, Council for Entrepreneurial Development, NC Biotech Center. (August 24-27, 2009).

Palin, G. R., University of Sacred Heart Entrepreneurship Workshop, “Integration of Entrepreneurship Across Curriculum”, University of Sacred Heart, San Jose, Puerto Rico. (August 21, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Justo, R., SEEC Europe 2009, "Chair and Co-Moderator", Elon University, EI University, Segovia. Spain. (July 9-11, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Clemens, N., SEEC North America 2009, "Chair and Co-Moderator", Elon University, Purdue University, West Lafayette. (April 2-3, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Raiz, A., Kolind, T., Durst, G., MIT Global Startup Workshop, “Keeping the Momentum: Ensuring the continued success of your organization”, MIT, Wits Business School, Cape Town, South Africa. (March 27, 2009).

Palin, G. R., CNBC Africa interview, “Importance of developing African youth as entrepreneurial thinkers as a long term strategy to boost Africa's economy”, Cape Town, South Africa. (March 27, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Ustyuzhanina, D., Jardella, J., Hanumara, N., MIT Global Startup Workshop, “Student Success Stories”, MIT, Wits Business School, Cape Town, South Africa. (March 25, 2009).

Palin, G. R., NCIIA's 13th Annual Meeting, “Entrepreneurship and Education Network”, Washington, DC. (March 20, 2009).

Palin, G. R., Elon Innovation Challenge, "Organizer and Moderator", Elon University, Elon, NC. (November 12-19, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Mandel, S., University Entrepreneurship Summit of North Carolina, "Chair and Co-Moderator", Elon University and Wake Forest University, Elon, NC. (November 6, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Ever Elon Campaign, "Entrepreneurship Education at Elon", Elon University, Elon, NC. (October 11, 2008).

Palin, G. R., GCEC Conference 2008, "International Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives", University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. (October 3, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Rind-Christensen, P., Hwang R., SEEC Europe 2008, "Chair and Co-Moderator of Social Entrepreneurship Europe Workshop," Elon University, Stanford University and University of Aarhus, Sønderborg, Denmark. (July 8-10, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Social Entrepreneurship Education Celebration, "Keynote Speaker," University of North Carolina - Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. (May 5, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Hwang, R., Immelman, S., MIT 2008 Global Startup Workshop, "Funding and Sustaining Developmental Entrepreneurship," MIT, EOI Escuela de Negocios, Madrid, Spain. (March 27, 2008).

Palin, G. R., MIT 2008 Global Startup Workshop, "Essentials to Develop and Sustain an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," MIT, EOI Escuela de Negocios, Madrid, Spain. (March 26, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Jamieson, S., MIT 2008 Global Startup Workshop, "Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," MIT, EOI Escuela de Negocios, Madrid, Spain. (March 26, 2008).

Palin, G. R., NCIIA Conference 2008, "Global Social Entrepreneurship Education," National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Dallas, Texas. (March 22, 2008).

Palin, G. R., USASBE Conference 2008, "Social Entrepreneurship Impact," US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, San Antonio, Texas. (January 11, 2008).

Palin, G. R., Obel, B., Aarhus Entrepreneurship Education Workshop, "Chair and Co-Moderator of Workshop," University of Aarhus and NC State University, Aarhus, Denmark. (October 11-12, 2007).

Palin, G. R., IMPACT 2007, "Chair and Moderator of Social Entrepreneurship Workshop," NC State University, Stanford University, MIT, Raleigh, NC. (October 5-6, 2007).

Palin, G. R., MIT 2007 Global Startup Workshop, "Startup to IPO: Paving the Innovator's Road to Success," MIT, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. (March 27, 2007).

Palin, G. R., MIT 2007 Global Startup Workshop, "The Role Of Universities in Converting Innovation into Impact," MIT, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. (March 26, 2007).

Palin, G. R., IMPACT 2006, "Business Plan Competition Basics," Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. (September 23, 2006).

Palin, G. R., International Conference on Entrepreneurship Research and Education, "Keynote Speaker," Babson College, Nankai University, National Science Foundation of China, Tianjin, China. (April 10, 2006).

Palin, G. R., MIT 2006 Global Startup Workshop, "How to Create Successful Alumni Companies," MIT, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (March 27, 2006).

Palin, G. R., International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy, "Experiences and Perspectives Evolving from the NC State University Entrepreneurship Education Initiative," Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus, Denmark. (March 8, 2006).

Palin, G. R., Anderson, J., BEPART Conference on Entrepreneurship, "Engaging Alumni for Long Term Sustainability," Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus, Denmark. (November 3, 2005).

Palin, G. R., West Lake International Conference on SMB, "Engaging Alumni for Long Term Sustainability," Zhejiang University of Technology, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Hangzhou, China. (October 16, 2005).

Palin, G. R., MIT 2004 Global Startup Workshop, "Managing an Evolving Business Plan Competition," MIT, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. (March 26, 2004).

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