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Kerri Smith

Executive Director, Clean Energy Accelerator

Rice University

Kerri has extensive experience in setting strategic direction, establishing priorities, and leading a portfolio of initiatives that maximize startup success and bolster ecosystems. She provides leadership and direction for initiatives covering tech entrepreneurship, startup acceleration and ecosystem building. Her experience includes entrepreneurship training, business incubation, technology transfer, curriculum design, and commercialization.     Kerri joined Rice University in 2004 where she serves as Executive Director of the Clean Energy Accelerator, Associate Managing Director of the Rice Alliance, and Director of the NSF I-Corps Program. In all positions, she plays a lead role in enabling entrepreneurship and accelerating the formation of tech-enabled startups.