Where Academia Meets Corporate Innovation: KULPER & COMPANY

As an owner of my own executive search firm for close to 15 years, I am always working at developing my search practice. Deciding which areas to focus on is a key concern. Last year our advisory board suggested that I make our value prop clearer to our prospective clients, so with the help of a few great friends we came up with the tag line for KULPER & COMPANY….”Where Academia meets Corporate Innovation” .

The idea behind this approach is to convey to current and prospective clients our strong interest in working on search assignments for universities and companies who drive research and new product innovation. This is a fascinating and rewarding space since through our interactions we often witness new product and business creation. KULPER & COMPANY has worked on search assignments for VP Research at companies as well as VP Research & Innovation at universities.

A bonus of these activities is the opportunity for me to participate in the birth of new companies as both as a search professional and as an “angel” investor. As the economy returns to health and unemployment continues to abate there will be more and more demand for our services in this very interesting niche area. The companies we support range from early stage Advanced Battery to Bio Tech to Global Specialty Chem and Pharmaceutical —-the universities can include large internationally famous centers to scrappy independents with a vision. R&D is driven by great people with determination and persistance to turn their quest for new knowledge into something that is ultimately practical and useful. If your company or university is considering a VP or Dean level search for the right leader of your research we might be the right search firm for you; we love these assignments!

Much success, Keith

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About Keith Kulper

Keith D. Kulper is the president and founder of KULPER & COMPANY, LLC an executive search consulting firm working in the area of senior level leadership for academia and corporate innovation. We are strong advocates of nurturing the linkage between academic investigation/research and corporate innovation/full commercialization of new product solutions. We specialize in attracting proven leaders who can effectively drive transformational change. The firm operates an Advisory Board that meets annually to bring together leaders from academia and corporate innovation to help drive continuous improvement of our professional practice. We are also an investor in early stage companies. We take pride in supporting the growth and development of business and engineering schools at leading universities throughout the United States.

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