Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, the accelerator for economic development. A serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-ROM magazine and a national television show. After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (coursework in industrial engineering, business, and education).
While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which was considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform was replicated throughout the United States as Blackstone LaunchPads. Dr. Amat serves as the Chair of the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and actively speaks about entrepreneurship education internationally. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a ‘Champion of Change’ at the White House.