Rick Clonan serves as Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CenterState CEO, where he provides high level venture development assistance for early stage entrepreneurs, emerging businesses, and innovation industry leaders.
Rick assists mentorship efforts to connect emerging businesses and entrepreneurs with resources, subject matter experts and investors. He offers direct support for companies that are part of GENIUS NY, The Tech Garden, Clean Tech Center, Student Sandbox and CenterState CEO portfolios, and provides technical assistance in developing business plans, marketing plans and funding strategies. He also actively seeks equity investors and develops equity-based programs for funding early stage ventures.
Rick brings a unique background from the private sector, startup experience and military service to the position. He most recently worked for C&S Companies as a vice president and served as a Board Advisory Group member and intrapreneur for a national consulting firm. Prior to C&S he worked for multiple start-ups and eventually started his own company that was later sold. Rick has attained three patents and won multiple best in category awards for his products. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Syracuse University and served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.