John Liddy, Entrepreneur-In-Residence
John Liddy, principal of Liddy Enterprises, currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Tech Garden, Syracuse University, Griffiss Institute, and Mohawk Valley Community College helping these institutions advance student and community entrepreneurial activity and engagement through innovative coursework and hands on activities both on and off campus.
As part of his efforts in helping create and evolve these programs, Liddy directs the Student Sandbox – an experiential education program that has launched over 180 student companies and has created a mentor network of over 150 business professionals from the community. He serves as the Executive Director of the thINCubator (a start-up accelerator) in Utica NY and the Director of the Mohawk Valley NYS Certified Business Incubator (a technology transfer based incubator). Additionally, Liddy was instrumental in establishing the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (at the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College).
Additionally, Liddy works with experienced business owners and entrepreneurs. Over the last several years he has helped 100 of these companies create strategic growth plans through facilitation of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program in Syracuse.
A frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, Liddy has served as a National Fellow for the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs (NACCE) and currently is a co-chair of the International Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
In addition to helping colleges and communities, Liddy is a frequent advisor to corporations and organizations seeking to improve their innovation process. Liddy serves as an instructor for the Boots to Business program that seeks to provide entrepreneurial alternatives to US military personnel who are completing their service and has facilitated on multiple military bases in Europe and Asia.
Capitalizing on his experience abroad, Liddy has created workshop training that is delivered in Xi’an China on an annual basis. This workshop provides an insight to western entrepreneurial methodologies in an intense, hands-on, three-day workshop culminating with teams pitching for potential investment by western capital firms.
Liddy has been recognized as an entrepreneurial thought leader and earned the 2015 award for “campus-connector” awarded to an individual who best provides inter-connectivity amongst varied campuses and communities in NY State. As a facilitator, Liddy was given the award for “professor of the year” in 2015 as voted by his students and faculty.
Liddy has over 25 years of managerial experience and has been part of 6 startup companies, primarily in operations and finance roles. Immediately preceding his tenure as EIR, Liddy headed a business unit for a publicly traded company where he had full P&L responsibilities for a $300 million dollar business and had over 300 employees reporting to him. Liddy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and earned his MBA from the Whitman School at Syracuse University in 2003.