Noah Isserman

Noah Isserman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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6 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-8395

nisserma@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Cambridge, 2018
  • M.Phil., Economic, Geographical Research, Cambridge University, 2009
  • B.A., Honors, Cognitive Neuroscience, Amherst College, 2007

Positions Held

  • Director, Social Innovation at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2019
  • Faculty Director, Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2019
  • Faculty Director, Co-Founder, iVenture Accelerator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 to present
  • Founding Board Member, MakerGirl, 2014 to present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 to present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 to present
  • Advisory Board Member, ChaseFuture, 2013-2015
  • Adjunct Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • Module Lecturer, Masters Program in Social Enterprise and Community Development, University of Cambridge, Judge School of Business, 2010
  • Supervisor, Module Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Department of Geography, 2008-2013
  • Consultant, Common Ground Consulting, 2007-2014
  • CEO, Co-Owner, WholeData, Inc., 2007-2012
  • Principal, Global Partnership and Strategy (GPS) Advisory, 2007 to present
  • Intern: Strategic Financial Analysis, Products & Services Consulting Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc., 2006
  • Chairman, CEO, Majority Owner, MAStorage, 2004-2008

Recent Publications

  • Isserman, N. Forthcoming. Something ventured, something gained? Fostering (and measuring) startup growth and entrepreneurial learning in accelerators. Annals of Entrepreneurship Education Research & Pedagogy ( vol. 5,). Edward Elgar. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Minefee, I., Neuman, E., Isserman, N., & Leblebici, H. (2015). Corporate Foundations and their Governance: Unexplored Territory in the Corporate Responsibility Agenda. Annals in Social Responsibility, 1 (1), 57-75.
  • Isserman, N. (2013). Shaping the Future through Narrative : the Third Sector, Arts and Culture International Regional Science Review, 36 (1), 115-136.

Presentations

  • Isserman, N. (2022). Pedagogical Innovation Award Finalist Presentation: iVenture Accelerator. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Confrence.
  • Isserman, N., Price, G., & Levite-Vaknin, S. (2021). The “I” in Team: evaluating individual improvements for entrepreneurs alongside venture outcomes. GCEC 2021, Global Consortium of Entrepreneruship Centers.
  • Levite-Vaknin, S., Isserman, N., & Price, G. (2021). Diversity: a measurable component of startup team success? GCEC 2021, Global Consortium of Entrepreneruship Centers.
  • Isserman, N. (2021). He Said, She Said: A performative approach to gendered language in entrepreneurship. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
  • Isserman, N. (2020). Evaluation for Changemaker Education. Ashoka U Exchange.
  • Isserman, N. (2019). Founders of foundations: the role of founders in creating and managing innovations in philanthropy. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Annual Conference.
  • Isserman, N. (2018). Government-supported financing for social enterprises. Government of Singapore, National Council of Social Service invited lecture.
  • Isserman, N. (2018). Venturing into public good: from venture capital to state-supported venture philanthropy. Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy Seminar, National University of Singapore Business School.
  • Isserman, N. (2018). From venture capital to state-supported venture philanthropy. Invited Seminar, Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales (with University of Western Australia, Swinburne University of Technol.
  • Isserman, N. (2017). The Chicago and Illinois entrepreneurship ecosystems. MBA Entrepreneurial Forum, University of Illinois.
  • Isserman, N. (2016). “Friggin’ Millenials!”: A human-centered approach to moving beyond caricature in examining generations, the Millennial generation, the core institutions and experiences thereof. 13th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
  • Isserman, N. (2016). Can social finance meet social need? Gates Cambridge Biennial Conference.
  • Isserman, N. (2016). Progress Through Product: Creating a curricular and co-curricular pipeline for student entrepreneurship with social purpose (sharing results of $21,500 Venturewell grant). VentureWell Annual Conference.
  • Isserman, N., & Singh, R. (2016). Cordes Innovation Award acceptance: Social Innovation and the iVenture Accelerator at the University of Illinois. Ashoka U Annual Conference.
  • Isserman, N. (2015). Non-financial support models: what is it worth? European Venture Philanthropy Association Annual Conference.
  • Isserman, N. (2015). Thoughts on the Future and Financing of Social Entrepreneurship: Toward three-Sector Co-Creation. 12th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, New York University Stern School of Business.
  • Isserman, N. (2014). 1000 Years of Social Purpose Collaboration: What’s new, what isn’t, and why it matters so much. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA.
  • Isserman, N. (2014). Boon or boondoggle: foundation-coordinated professional support services for nonprofits and their value. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA.
  • Isserman, N. (2014). When the State Gives: one nation, three sectors, and the emergence of state-supported venture philanthropy. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA.
  • Isserman, N. (2014). Social work 2060: The role of social work in educating change agents of the future. Network for Social Work Management.
  • Isserman, N. (2013). Government-financed venture philanthropy in pursuit of national social-impact goals: examining a novel model in Scotland. Global Conference on Social Impact.
  • Isserman, N. (2013). Presentation. Global Conference on Social Impact.
  • Isserman, N. (2013). Presentation. Global Scholars Symposium.
  • Isserman, N. (2012). Financing Civil Society: Interrogating Narratives of Capacity-Building, Engagement, and Managerialism. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.
  • Isserman, N. (2011). Shaping the Future through Narrative with Evidence. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting.
  • Isserman, N. (2011). Shaping the Future through Narrative with Evidence. -No ConfeUniversity of Illinois Isserman Symposium.
  • Isserman, N. (2011). Shaping the Future through Narrative with Evidence. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.
  • Isserman, N. (2010). Does High-Engagement Philanthropy Require Proximity? Empirical Findings from the UK and a Research Agenda. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.
  • Isserman, N. (2009). Presentation. Gates Cambridge Symposium, Gates Cambridge Trust.
  • Isserman, N. (2008). Economics, Emotion, and Electroencephalography: ERP correlates of decision-making in the Ultimatum Game Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under 40, Central Illinois Business, 2020 to present
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois, 2014, 2016-2021
  • 2019 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2019
  • Dean's Impact Award, Gies College of Business, 2017-2018

Grants

  • Planning for Emerging Mobility: Testing and Deployment in Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation, 2021-2022
  • Stage 1 Entrepreneurial Team Support Grant: Earnest Earth Agriculture, VentureWell, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, 2021-2022

Current Courses

  • iVenture Accelerator Sem I (BADM 463) Designed for students actively engaged in learning through venturing, primarily students in the iVenture Accelerator, the educational accelerator for top student startups at Illinois. This highly collaborative course provides theory, context, and skills to enhance experiential learning-by-venturing. Topics include: feasibility analysis, business modeling, industry analysis, competitor analysis, ethical and legal foundations, corporate forms, building venture teams, growth financing, marketing for startups, intellectual property protection and commercialization, and planning for growth.

Contact

6 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-8395

nisserma@illinois.edu

Website

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