Program Manager, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network North Carolina
Kathryn James is the program manager for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) program in North Carolina, connecting university and community partners, assessing and helping companies for readiness in the program, and communicating their progress and success. She also manages the MBA/PhD fellows program and all planning and scheduling of BEN meetings and events. Contact her if you would like more information on making a connection, sharing a success story, or becoming a Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network company, partner or fellow (intern).
James brings more than 25 years of software development, client service, sales and startup executive management experience. She started her entrepreneurial life working in software development and implementation for international clients at Accenture, followed by business infrastructure and merger integration consulting, serving gazelle clients of Ernst & Young in San Jose. She has held founding roles and senior management roles in high-tech startups in the Research Triangle Park and in Silicon Valley, where she ran an organization for Andreesen-Horowitz startup Loudcloud (Opsware). After relocating to the Research Triangle area and receiving a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the NC State University School of Design in 2007, James began using design thinking as the founder of Green Earth Strategies and Designs in Chapel Hill, where her first customer was Cherokee Investment Partners. Prior to joining BEN, James was the director of entrepreneurship at CED, where she built the original Venture Mentoring Service based on the MIT model and grew the Cleantech Industry collaboration among startups, corporations and investors, while serving as an advisor in the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge. In addition to her master’s degree in landscape architecture from NC State, she has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Western Michigan University.