Teaching Team

Teaching Team

The teaching team will be led by David McCarthy, Associate Director of I-Corps program at GW, active angel investor, and multi-startup survivor. 

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Dave McCarthy

Associate Director, I-Corps at GW
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After successful startups at RunFast.net (online multimedia training) and WindRose Media (webcasting technology and original content development), Dave founded Potential Energy DC - the only DC-area incubator fully devoted to developing energy, efficiency, and sustainability companies. Dave is also a recognized expert in angel investing in the DC region.

As the Associate Director I-Corps at GW, Dave is focused on helping community-based research teams successfully bring their work from the labs to the marketplace. The goal of the new Phase 0 / I-Corps Go program, that Dave is leading, is to improve funding and commercialization success rates for community-based research teams. In this role, Dave will be leveraging the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's I-Corps experience commercializing university intellectual property over the past five years.

Dave went to UVA where he studied Systems Engineering with a computer science minor. Dave lives in McLean with his wife and two growing sons.

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Lex McCusker

Director, Student Entrepreneurship Programs
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AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program Website

Leo X. (Lex) McCusker, PhD, is the Director of the Student Entrepreneurship Programs at George Washington University, where he also directs the GW New Venture Competition. He came to GW from the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he served as Dean from 2006 through 2009. At Stevens Institute he taught and did research in entrepreneurship, especially technology-based entrepreneurship spawned from university research.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute, Dr. McCusker worked for 23 years at AT&T and Bell Laboratories in the areas of software development, professional technology services, technology licensing and intrapreneurship. He was CEO of the AT&T text-to-speech startup, Natural VoicesTM.

He is a member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC, and he is an angel investor and member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and the DC ArchAngels.

Lex is also the Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF I-Corps Site Program at GW.

Lex holds a doctorate in Experimental Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelors degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College.

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Jim Chung

Associate Vice President for Research 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF Innovation Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the Director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator and the Founding Director of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund at the University of Maryland. Prior to Mtech, he served as a Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board. He was also Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry. 

Jim started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Some previous and current investments include Agamatrix, Nexaweb, Ulterra, Zymetis (now Aemetis), FlexEl, FiscalNote, and TravelBank. Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He has been a researcher at MIT, Harvard, University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), ETRI (NSF EAPSI Fellow), STEPI (Korea), and KAIST. He was named in 2015 and 2017 by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans in DC and by Hot Topics as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Professors worldwide.

Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.