Lauren Bigelow has served as CEO of the Growth Capital Network since 2010. She manages programs for the philanthropic, health care, and innovation communities providing strategic, project management, research, analytic, and evaluative services. She uses the framework and ethnographic field techniques of anthropology to manage large-scale regional and statewide programs, health and economic impact evaluations. Lauren has worked closely with a number of entrepreneur initiatives (Automation Alley, Ann Arbor SPARK, and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership), and created curriculum for the commercialization programs at Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. She also engages with a number of philanthropic and non-profit organizations such as the New Economy Initiative at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Healthcare Endowment Fund, Gleaners Community Foodbank, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Lauren has spent 17 years in the technology space and brings a strategic perspective with exceptional execution skills on all organizational levels. Prior to GCN and before its ‘09 acquisition by Bloomberg, she was the North American Commercial Director for New Energy Finance, the leading independent provider of information and research to investors in the clean energy markets. From early 2004–2008, Lauren was the Managing Director of the Cleantech Group where she oversaw the firm’s technology and innovation pipelines. She is currently on the investment advisory boards of the Zell Lurie Fund and Belle Capital Michigan. Lauren is on the board of the Energy Innovation Business Council, the Institute for Energy Innovation and the U-M Biological Station as well as the advisory board of the Erb Institute, the Great Lakes Leaders Council, and the Michigan advisory council for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Dr. Bigelow is a finance lecturer at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan and MS and PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University.