Assistant Executive Director
Patti DuBois has deep knowledge of taking new innovations and technologies to market, having extensive experience commercializing early-stage startup offerings. As a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs during the challenging launch phases, she leverages a technical understanding across software, hardware, bio/life sciences, and services to evaluate business models, go-to-market positioning, operational viability, funding options, and partnership opportunities.
Patti has owned three businesses of her own and led two successful company turnarounds before spending over a decade specifically focused on startup incubation and acceleration. She offers further assistance with quality management and regulatory issues, IP landscape, as well as investment preparedness. By working closely with founding teams, she combines commercialization expertise with practical judgment to transform high-potential ideas into commercial startup successes.
As a strong executor and connector, Patti works with her network to make sure her clients have the resources they need to build successful companies. Additionally, Patti contributes to the development of new programs at CEI. Most recently, she led the creation of the Validation Lab, a program designed to help founders thoroughly vet their idea to assess product-market fit, de-risk their venture, and obtain the data investors want to see for future funding.