The University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business has named Ryan Speir as the director of the university's new business incubator program, according to Don Gudmundson, dean of the college.
Prior to joining the Monfort College of Business, Speir worked in a variety of capacities at Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Innosphere from 2006-2012, including serving as chief operating officer and interim CEO.
Speir's a member of the editorial board of the Northern Colorado Business Report and serves on the Colorado State Office of Economic Development and International Trade Steering and Tactical Committee for Electronics. He's a popular speaker and advisor for angel investment and business advisory groups and technology companies.
"Ryan has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and funding for start-up and growth stage companies," said Gudmundson. "With him at the helm, our new business incubator program will be positioned to support economic growth in Northern Colorado."
The new business incubator program, which will be launched this fall, will help nurture and grow entrepreneurial business ventures in the region.
"It will supplement efforts already in place by the City of Greeley Economic Development Department, Upstate Colorado, the Northeast-East Central Small Business Development Center, area Chambers of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority and, of course, the Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge," Gudmundson continued. "The program will help clients quickly achieve financial goals and establish sustainable business operations."