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John Torrens

John Torrens

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice
Deputy Department Chair of EEE

Room: 534
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Ph D, Northcentral University (Business Administration)
MS, Syracuse University (Speech-Language Pathology)
BA, State University of New York at Potsdam (Psychology)

Dr. Torrens is an award winning Professor of Entrepreneurial practice and two-time Inc. 5000 entrepreneur. He was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and has experienced both the negative effects as well as the positive effects related to starting and growing a company. He is healthcare and education entrepreneur with 25 years leading high growth companies with experience in developing high-performing teams, raising capital, and both buy/sell side M&A. Dr. Torrens is a faculty member of the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. He is a frequent guest speaker and executive education instructor in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategy, and corporate innovation. Dr. Torrens is a TEDx speaker (ADHD as an Entrepreneur’s Superpower) as and is quoted frequently in print media, has written several articles, and has delivered multiple presentations on the business of healthcare. He is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and served in multiple volunteer leadership positions including a term on the International Board of Directors (2013-2015).

Research Topics

  • Crowdfunding
  • Cannabis Industry
  • Telemedicine

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

  • Inc 5000 - Inc. Magazine (2018)
  • Outstanding EEE Faculty Member - EEE (2018)
  • TEDx Speaker - TEDx Syracuse University (2018)
  • 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)