Jennifer Sherer was appointed as executive officer for university entrepreneurship in September 2022, continuing the university’s goal to strengthen the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the institution.
She continues to serve as director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute (ENI), which is supported by the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She has held this position since joining Georgia State in 2018.
In her role within the Office of the Provost, Sherer represents the university on entrepreneurship-related matters in the greater community and leads a university-wide entrepreneurship working group. Under her leadership, she coordinates activities representing Georgia State’s spirit of creativity and enterprise across multiple dimensions, including ENI as well as in activities such as social entrepreneurship in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, media entrepreneurship through the Creative Media Industries Institute, and biomedical enterprise in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
Sherer oversees the development of a university-wide strategic plan for inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation and will expand and integrate non-curricular innovation and entrepreneurship resources, initiatives, and spaces such as LaunchGSU, the on-campus student incubator, to serve a broader population of entrepreneurs and innovators.
She also is also developing a strategy to increase campus-wide engagement of student entrepreneurs and continue to scale the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund (MSESF), Georgia State’s award-winning business accelerator that increases access to funds and counsel among underrepresented Georgia State entrepreneurs.
Sherer has dedicated her career to driving innovation and supporting entrepreneurs. Before joining Georgia State, she was vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. There, she launched numerous initiatives to promote collaboration in the innovation community, support high-growth entrepreneurs, and elevate Atlanta’s status as a globally recognized innovation hub. Previously, Sherer served as executive director of Southeast Life Sciences (formerly Southeast BIO), a regional nonprofit organization that fosters life science innovation and investment in the Southeast U.S.