Scott Henderson

VP & Chief Entrepreneurial Officer
Purdue Research Foundation

A human spark plug and world-class connector, Scott can turn "something" into "something amazing" through grassroots collaboration and old school perseverance. Growing up with Meatballs, Bad News Bears, Stripes, Goonies, and Rudolph's Isle of Misfit Toys as his formative narratives, he embraces outsider and underdog roles with zeal. He's at his best when he is a pirate captain in service of the crown. His career arc includes raising charitable donations for universities, running a capital campaign consultancy, creating digital strategies for brands and nonprofits, leading social and entrepreneurial movements, and helping to connect the highest concentration of students, startups, corporate innovators, and researchers in the entire southeastern US. You might recognize him from the UN's 7 Billion Actions campaign, TLC/Discovery Channel's Sarah Palin's Alaska digital team, Hypepotamus.com, TechSquareATL.com, or his new role as VP and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of the Purdue Research Foundation. Proud to be from Nebraska with tour stops in Indianapolis, Boston, and Atlanta. Ask him about his jun (green tea and honey) kombucha, sour dough bread, and beekeeping adventures.

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