The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University has named Tim Hayden director of the school's nationally recognized Center for Entrepreneurship.
Hayden, who earned undergraduate and MBA degrees from SLU, is also a senior adjunct professor and partner/advisor at FanzLive. An entrepreneur in his own right, Hayden has founded several companies including Vivid Sky, which created one of the first mobile applications for sports fans to access instant replays, stats and info-graphics through their iPod touch, iPhone and Android devices.
After helping to start St. Louis' professional soccer teams Saint Louis Athletica (WPS) and AC St. Louis (NASL) he founded The Stadia Group to provide strategic insight and advice to a broad range of clients from private and Fortune 50 companies to sports teams and sponsors.
Hayden also serves as an advisor for various for-profit and not-for-profit companies, including KidSmart, Thumbs Up Johnnie and the National Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship.
In addition to teaching classes in entrepreneurship and advanced business planning, Hayden also helped the University create the new sports business program with senior sports business executives from the Cardinals, Rams and Anheuser-Busch.
With both academic and frontline entrepreneurial experience, Hayden is excited about the future possibilities for small business development.
"I'm excited to come home to SLU because St. Louis is reinventing itself as an entrepreneur's city," Hayden said. "And I am renewing our Center's and University's commitment to that goal."
"We have a tremendous foundation to continue building on. Our undergrad and graduate programs are both ranked #13 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2011-2012). In addition, Fortune Magazine ranked us as one of the top five entrepreneurship programs in the country. No other program in Missouri can come close to claiming that distinction."
"We need to ensure our St. Louis entrepreneurs know the vast amount of resources the University can bring to bear on their behalf," Hayden added. "Our goal is simple - a successful St. Louis entrepreneur helps to re-energize the entire region."
SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship is a cross-campus, cross-community resource for entrepreneurs and private business owners. Major initiatives of the Center include the Institute for Private Business, the Billiken Angel Network, the Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy for area high school students and
Habitat for Neighborhood Business.
Founded in 1987, SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship was one of the first in the nation and is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.