Dr. Susan Amat is the CEO and founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneur education company that provides accountability and transparency tools and content to support innovation management and entrepreneurship programs. The platform and customized intensive training programs have supported entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries through accelerators partners, universities, and internal initiatives in Fortune 25 retail and technology businesses. A serial entrepreneur, she built media businesses for over a decade, including the first CD-Rom magazine and a national television show. After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (coursework in industrial engineering, business, and education).
While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which was considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform were replicated internationally as Blackstone LaunchPads in universities including USC, UCLA, and Case Western Reserve University. Venture Hive offers the next generation solution, allowing both student and adult entrepreneurs access to world-class content and a global network of collaborators, mitigating risk while assessing impact in real time.
Dr. Amat served as the founding Chair of the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and actively speaks about entrepreneurship and innovation education internationally. She has worked with the US State Department, the Kauffman Foundation, and the World Bank on program development, training, and evaluation and is on the international board of Global Entrepreneurship Week. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House.