About Us

UCCS Tom Duening, PhD, Director of Center For EntrepreneurshipDr. Tom Duening is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Dr. Duening has written 13 books on business and entrepreneurship, authored more than 60 conference papers and journal articles, and has started seven businesses.  His most recent book, "The Entrepreneurial Method" was published by Kendall-Hunt in 2012.  In addition, Dr. Duening published a textbook on Technology Entrepreneurship with Elsevier in 2010.  His most recent entrepreneurial ventures include an outsourcing firm based in Bangalore, India; a business consulting firm, and an e-learning venture focused on entrepreneurship.  While he was in Arizona, Dr. Duening founded the Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF), an angel investor group that became a leading provider of capital to Arizona entrepreneurs.  In Colorado, Dr. Duening works with local entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries and stages of growth. For more information about Dr. Duening click here.

Matt Metzger, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Metzger is an Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  His research interests lie at the intersection of organization, identity and entrepreneurship theories. He is particularly interested in processes of organizational identity emergence, the agentic and organic ways that organizational identities are maintained and changed and whether/how identities and other cognitive filters influence entrepreneurial processes. His teaching interests are in entrepreneurship, new technologies and organizational identity.  He received his B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in Management at the University of Oregon. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the American Journal of Entrepreneurship, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. For more information about Dr. Metzger click here.

Shawna Rogers, Staff Advisor for Center for Entrepreneurship

Shawna Lippert serves as the Staff Advisor for the College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is also the Director of the Office of Professional & Executive Development (OPED) within the College of Business for non-credit continuing education and professional development programs.  Mrs. Lippert served as the Assistant to the Director of the Colorado Springs SBDC from August 2009 through December 2011 and Interim Director in 2012.  She supervised the day to day operations of the center including support services, event planning and the coordination of training workshops for small business entrepreneurs.  Shawna obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from New Mexico Highlands University in 2006. She has recently completed her MBA in Innovation Management and Marketing at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. For more information about Shawna Lippert click here.