Meet Our EIR
Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program provides a unique opportunity for students to be coached by a seasoned entrepreneur. This year, our 2 EIRs offer dedicated office hours to give one-on-one advising to student entrepreneurs and to help support our other programs for entrepreneurs. If you're looking for some guidance with your business, sign up for a time below to meet with Victoria Kopyar or Shawn Glinter!
For over a decade successful serial entrepreneur Shawn Glinter has been in love with helping students & entrepreneurs with their startups and early stage companies. His background reveals a vast experience and explains the passion he's shown as he has helped, advised, and worked with over five dozen first time founders of startups and mentored over 1000’s of companies.
Shawn's strengths are as a startup operator, building companies, and understanding the challenges faced while executing the proof of concept validation, acquiring customers, raising capital, and designing strategy. Shawn provides mentorship, counsel, and strategic advise to entrepreneurs.
Shawn’s career began in emergency medicine and hospital administration (George Washington University Health System and MedStar Health in Washington, DC, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN). He then launched a SAAS startup focused around the utilization of AED’s and the implementation of Public Access Defibrillation Programs. Not long after that, he started a technology company, which sold to a firm in Silicon Valley. After a couple of false starts and several successful startups, Shawn became a founding partner
in a medical reimbursement company that ran out of gas...Through that experience, Shawn learned a lot about himself and entrepreneurship as well.
Most recently, Shawn was a co-founder & CEO of a life sciences (water technology) company for an entity located in the USA, Canada, and Europe. In just over 3.5 years he successfully grew that company from $600K to 11M (which eventually sold). Shawn is currently a co-founder & CEO of the biotech startup Pendant Biosciences (a specialty pharma) developing a novel Nanosponge drug delivery technology to deliver medical therapeutics.
Shawn has spent the last six several years as one of the Master Mentors at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He also a mentors for the JumpStart Foundry, the Co.Lab accelerator program in Chattanooga, Master Mentor for Launch TN (a state wide accelerator program), and Life Science Mentor Program.
Shawn is married to his wife Nicole and they have an 8-year-old boy, Jordan. “I love being a Dad, Husband, and Entrepreneur every day of my life.”
Victoria joins the EIR program with a unique background of several successful corporate careers and having founded her own company. Most recently, Victoria has been focused on her own company, VK Sport, LLC which is a lifestyle brand of premium women’s golf and active wear clothing.
Victoria began her corporate career with US Bank after graduating from “THE” Ohio State University with a degree in Accounting. After spending 8 years “wearing a shoe that never fit” in various Operational Auditing roles and leadership positions, Victoria decided to pursue her passion for merchandising at Target Corporation. Over the course of 13 years, she held various roles including product development, sourcing, merchandising, supply chain and inventory management. As part of her career, Victoria has traveled to numerous countries sourcing products and ideas which has afforded her great experiences and amazing stories.
Victoria left Target to join a new management team at Dollar General that was rebuilding the brand and started the company’s Trend and Product Development team. During her tenure, she also was instrumental in re-positioning and growing their Private Label business. After the company was sold to a private equity partner, Victoria joined Gibson Brands (formerly Gibson Guitar) allowing her to add manufacturing experience to her background as General Manager of their guitar accessories and lifestyle division.
Victoria is also a mentor and advisor at O’More College of Design, as well as a member/advisor at the Nashville Fashion Alliance.
As an avid golfer, Victoria spends her free time enjoying the many golf courses in Nashville. She is also loves walking the Greenways, working out, college football and will never turn down a chance to travel.