Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Kansas
President, Kansas University's Center for Technology Commercialization
NCET2 Activities: 100C-10-1: Research Commercialization Introductory Online Course
Julie Goonewardene is an experienced entrepreneur. She targets university generated innovations in nano-technology, life sciences, and energy. Julie currently serves as Kansas University’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and President of the Kansas University’s Center for Technology Commercialization. Prior to KU, Julie worked in various roles, including the Director of Business Development at Purdue University.
She also co-founded and served as the President and CEO of Cantilever Technologies, a venture backed software company that she sold in 2004 to i360. Cantilever’s customers included Fortune 500 companies such as Cummins, Brunswick and Lockheed Martin. Prior to Cantilever Julie was President of SSG, a boutique-consulting firm and co-founder of Technology Solutions (TSC). TSC went IPO three years after inception. She is the co-author of “The Right Decision for the Right Reason” and a guest lecturer at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Ms. Goonewardene is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Finance Exchange. She is also a Trustee of Springboard Enterprises, a national nonprofit venture catalyst.