Bio (Michael Clouser)

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Michael Clouser

Michael Clouser


Associate Faculty




Michael Clouser is an academic entrepreneur. His research interests surround the triple helix of university-industry-government interaction, innovation and the entrepreneurial university, and the supply of entrepreneurial risk finance and policy. He has experience teaching face-to-face and online courses including entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship, hospitality entrepreneurship, digital marketplaces, business and public policy, customer service strategy, hospitality operations, marketing, turf management, asset management, market research, venture finance, and others. He’s also spun companies out of universities and started research companies. He was the CEO of Cornell-affiliated Student Agencies Incorporated in Ithaca, New York. Run by students, the firm had 14 operating companies, $20 million in real estate assets, an incubator, and student venture fund.


Clouser has entrepreneurial and management experience from the following roles: venture capitalist with Dot Edu Ventures in Palo Alto, California; associate with the Edinburgh-Stanford Link in Edinburgh, Scotland; co-founder of internet and research firms including iLodging; business development director with GeoTouch; direct of franchise sales with Cendant; turnaround Hotel General Manager with brands such as Hampton; and instructor with eCornell.He has taught at the universities of Cornell, Edinburgh, Lynn, Trento, Stanford and Royal Roads.


Clouser holds a BS from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and an MSc from the Business School, University of Edinburgh. He is a PhD candidate with the Business School, University of Edinburgh.