Lisa Smith

Lisa S. Smith,

Executive Director

Lisa S. Smith is President of North Star Innovation Partners LLC, a woman-owned economic development management and consulting firm pecializing in the development of strategies and programs that drive innovation in communities. She has 15 years of national and international economic development project experience ranging from innovation strategy development, programs for accessing early stage capital, incubator feasibility assessment, design, and management, to business development, marketing, and international business promotion.

Since 1998, she has launched and managed five business incubation programs in the Washington-Baltimore area. She also has directed nearly 30 business incubation-related projects nationally. These projects have operated in a wide range of business, technology and community contexts and many of these projects have involved economic development organizations and university partners.

Her international experience includes the development of the technology incubator strategy in the U.S. for Scottish Development, the national economic development agency for Scotland and the launch of Scotland’s US incubator network, the Scottish Technology and Research (STAR) Centers. As part of her work with Scottish Development, Ms. Smith also coordinated the Maryland Scotland Alliance for Biotechnology to accelerate business development and research collaborations between Scottish and Maryland biotechnology companies and institutions.

Prior to founding North Star Innovation Partners, Ms. Smith served for nine years as Vice President and Director of Marketing for ANGLE Technology, an international technology commercialization firm. In addition to her incubation management activities, she directed feasibility studies, prepared market analysis and delivered other projects which led to the development of 10 incubators in Virginia, DC and Maryland during her years with ANGLE.

In Prince George’s County she has conducted two incubator feasibility studies for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Prince George’s County Planning. She also has conducted a feasibility study for the City of Bowie and provided initial management support for the development of the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC).

Ms. Smith is frequent speaker at regional and national industry events sponsored by organizations such as the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). She has contributed to two NBIA best-selling publications: Developing a Business Incubation Program and A Practical Guide to Business Incubator Marketing.

She is a member of NBIA and MEDA. She is a former member of the Virginia Business Incubation Association (VBIA) Board of Directors. Ms. Smith is a Maryland native who grew up in Hyattsville, MD. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Communication from The American University Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.