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John Torrens

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice

Room: 534
jtorrens@syr.edu

Ph D, Northcentral University (Business Administration)
MS, Syracuse University (Speech-Language Pathology)
BA, State University of New York at Potsdam (Psychology)

Experienced entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies. Experience selling and buying small businesses, including the 2008 sale of a company founded in 1995 and a recent acquisition of a small competitor in 2013. Earned Ph.D. In Business Administration while growing a start-up company. Frequently invited speaker and instructor at entrepreneurship conferences, and highly engaged in programs offered by the institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Deeply involved in entrepreneurship ecosystem both on campus and internationally. Recognized as Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator in 2012. Passionate and enthusiastic instructor who views teaching as a craft in constant need of development. Lifelong learner, novice triathlete, musician.

Research Topics

  • Crowdfunding
  • Cannabis Industry

Teaching Related Activities

• Redesigned the syllabus and course delivery format for IDS 402
• Developed a series of mini-cases based on YPO member companies attending a London Business School seminar
• Assisted in the cultivation of subject companies for EEE421
• Developed recorded multiple teaching modules for Boots2Business 8-week on-line course.
• Developed and delivered multiple modules for Boots2Business 2-day on-site training.
• Developed and delivered multiple train-the-trainer modules for Boots2Business 2-day on-site training.
• Developed and recorded a series of business plan lab lectures for participants in the Citi Bank Cares Business Plan Competition.
• Mentored 2 new EEE Professors of Practice during in the Fall of 2011 and Spring of 2012.
• Organized a series of help sessions and workshops for faculty who teach EEE457
• Manage and Coordinate the Whitman Capstone course.
• Contributed several case studies and in-class lectures for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE).

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Roster Specialist - Fulbright (2016)
  • Meredith Teaching Recognition Award Recipient - Syracuse University (2014)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award - Syracuse University (2012)
  • Fast Track 50 Recipient for owning one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Syracuse (2007)
  • Fast Track 50 Recipient for owning one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Syracuse (2006)
  • Fast Track 50 Recipient for owning one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Syracuse (2005)
  • Syracuse 40 under 40 (2004)