for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

Cornelson Faculty Innovator in Residence

Cornelson Faculty Innovator in Residence

Application Info

The Cornelson Faculty Innovator in Residence position at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship was established by the estate of George H. Cornelson ’53 and provides one faculty member a year-long appointment and a $15,000 grant to support their work with the Hurt Hub.

Cornelson was a leader in the textile industry, serving as CEO of Clinton Mills, Inc. He also led the Bailey Foundation, devoting his time to improving the lives for his neighbors in Clinton, South Carolina. He served on a host of boards and committees, including a term as a Davidson College trustee.

The Cornelson Faculty Innovator in Residence has the following responsibilities:

  1. Work on a project/research/some other innovation directly tied to their scholarly research or to a professional interest. Ideally, this project would involve at least 1 student and would be aligned to the Hurt Hub’s vision to facilitate access and exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship for all;
  2. Teach a workshop at least twice a semester focused on their area of expertise and/or teach one for-credit class per semester for Davidson students at the Hurt Hub in their discipline; 
  3. Serve as the liaison / advocate for the Hurt Hub in faculty meetings or other faculty/academic settings and gatherings;
  4. Be willing to share Hurt Hub events/program information with other faculty, staff and students, as appropriate, to help drive attendance and engagement;
  5. Serve as an advisor and provide critical feedback to help the Hurt Hub further its vision, mission, and strategic objectives in the context of Davidson’s Statement of Purpose and Liberal Arts curriculum.

 2022-2023: Steve Kaliski ’07, Writing and Theatre. Read more about Steve’s involvement with the Hurt Hub.



Applications Open annually in January; Appointments begin Fall Semester each academic year. Please direct all questions to Liz Brigham (, W. Spencer Mitchem ‘59 Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson College. 

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Fall 2019

Avinger Impact Fund Winners!
Sebastian and Oğuzhan from FundNet
Sebastian + Oğuzhan
Emre, Altan, and Huseyin from Impact Network
Emre + Altan + Huseyin
Impact Network
Mariem from LEAPS Academy
LEAPS Academy


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Emre Koc (’20) + Altan Tutar (’20) + Huseyin Altinisik (’21)
Impact Network

Mariem Bchir (’20)
LEAPS Academy

Nathan Engstrom (’21) + Zane Libke (’21)

Kim Bako (’21) + Patrick Sullivan (’21)

Lorena James (’21)

Andrew Wright (’20) + Jackson Miller (’20)

Arianna Montero-Colbert (’19)

Houston Downes (’18)

Charlie Goldberg (’19)
Get it Poppin’ Clothing Line

Peter (Andy) Baay (’17)
Data Engineer at Tresata, Armfield Capital Management, LLC

Violet Degnan (’17)
Topstone Projects

Scott Cunningham (16’)
Digital Storyteller

Tori Mayernick (’14)
Hives for Lives

Jared Blakney (’14)
Generations Tee Shirt Co.

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