The Purdue Research Foundation has appointed international commercialization expert Scott Henderson chief entrepreneurial officer. He will provide leadership to the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator, and Purdue Ventures, a capital and talent hub. Henderson also will work closely with the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and Purdue University to guide the award-winning Purdue commercialization ecosystem, which has spawned more than 200 startups, generated more than 300 jobs and brought nearly $350 million in funding and investments to Purdue startups in the past five years.
Henderson comes to the foundation from Sandbox Communities, a company he formed four years ago in Atlanta, where he created social environments in commercial and university research parks and innovation mixed-use districts that led to collaboration and breakthroughs. He also has experience in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. Henderson will be doing similar work for Purdue, where he will seek to foster a dynamic entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem for the foundation and Purdue University, and specifically for the Discovery Park District, a designated opportunity zone.
Before starting Sandbox Communities, Henderson helped launch Hypepotamus, a collaborative workspace and media publication for entrepreneurs in Atlanta. He also worked for Startup America Partnership, a national movement funded by the Steve and Jeanne Case Foundation and Ewing Kauffman Foundation to inspire entrepreneurship.
He will join Purdue on Jan. 7.
Henderson succeeds Dan Hasler, who in September was named Purdue’s executive vice president for communication.