Economic development veteran Jill Sorensen has been named the new director of entrepreneurial programs at SCRA and executive director of SC Launch.
SCRA, chartered by the state in 1983, fosters innovation in South Carolina’s economy. Its entrepreneurial program, SC Launch, supports startup life science, information technology and advanced manufacturing companies statewide through investments, grants and mentoring.
Sorensen has more than 25 years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset management and economic development. She co-founded and directed the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. area. She also served as executive director of the Johns Hopkins University technology transfer office and taught innovation management at the university.
Before joining Johns Hopkins, Sorensen directed the University of Illinois’ office of technology management and served as in-house intellectual property counsel. She is a registered patent attorney.
Sorensen replaces Greg Hillman, who retired after more than 10 years with SC Launch. During Hillman’s tenure, the program supported more than 330 companies which secured more than $650 million of external capital.
“Jill's diverse experience makes her uniquely qualified for this position,” SCRA Executive Director Bob Quinn said in a statement. "Her skill sets will benefit each aspect of the role, and we are excited she has joined the team."