Brent Lane is Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) and an Adjunct Professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to joining the university his professional life bridged the worlds of venture capital, R&D commercialization and entrepreneurial development. For more than two decades Brent served as an investor and advisor to entrepreneurs at emerging technology and high growth firms companies from a broad spectrum of industries. That experience informed his subsequent work in the design and formation of innovative investment funds capitalizing on entrepreneurial opportunities in underserved geographic markets and industry sectors.