Angel investment leader picked to head up university’s entrepreneurship institute

Ellen Weber, who heads up angel investment group Robin Hood Ventures, has been named as the new head of Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute as part of its business school, according to a statement from the university. She will also head up angel investor group Mid Atlantic Diamond Ventures, which is run out of […]

Ellen Weber, who heads up angel investment group Robin Hood Ventures, has been named as the new head of Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute as part of its business school, according to a statement from the university. She will also head up angel investor group Mid Atlantic Diamond Ventures, which is run out of the institute. Jaine Lucas previously held the position for several years, but left the role over the summer.

Weber has been part of the investment scene in Philadelphia for several years, an ecosystem that has been changing a lot in recent years. She helped launch Robin Hood Ventures 15 years ago, a group that was named one of the 10 most active angel investment groups in the country in a recent report. She has also been angel-in-residence at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and has been active in Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.

Students will also learn entrepreneur skills from Weber in the classroom. She will teach as an assistant professor in the strategic management department at the Fox School of Business.

Until recently, she was the COO and co-founder of VisionMine which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations. VisionMine is a subscription service that allows corporate clients collaborative access to early start-up innovations, new technologies, and entrepreneurs that solve business problems. Weber has also worked as managing director of Antiphony, a consulting firm that helps clients with sustainable innovation.

Temple is one of a group of universities that has been expanding entrepreneur progams. Far beyond a business school option, Temple, Drexel and Penn have been working to expand the entrepreneurship community beyond business majors to areas like computer science, mobile technology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering and other areas. University of Pennsylvania has restructured its technology transfer division as part of its Center for Innovation. Drexel University added a school of entreneurship last year.