Maureen (Mo) Collins is a speaker, trainer and partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. She served as the Small Business Development Center Director and Director of the Regional Business Center at the University of Northern Iowa and continues to serve as a Researcher in Residence. In 2001, she launched an award winning service-technology incubator as part of an adaptive-reuse downtown revitalization project, followed by a second, campus-based incubator supporting technology transfer and commercialization. Collins received the 2010 Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation Award and was twice awarded Iowa’s ASBDC State Star.
In 2006, Collins was tapped to serve as the Interim Director of Technology Transfer and later became UNI’s first director of Entrepreneurship Outreach. She initiated multiple statewide outreach efforts in support of innovators, including a popular traveling entrepreneur conference called EntreFest. Throughout her tenure, Collins led a small team of UNI innovators, charged to create technology resources to serve communities and entrepreneurs at www.MyEntre.Net. Today, the award-winning MyEntre.Net programs serve more than 2,000 Iowa entrepreneurs each year with grants, business intelligence, peer learning and business focused webinars-all online.
In 2014, Collins became a founding partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. She is a North American conference speaker on topics associated with entrepreneurship and trains for IEDC, OUEDI and multiple basic ED courses. She is currently engaged in primary research associated with women entrepreneurs and is the author of the upcoming book WE: Women Entrepreneurs.