Nehal Bhojak brings a multi-disciplinary background to Pittsburgh CREATES with over 19 years of experience in management consulting, technology commercialization, corporate innovation, business development and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh CREATES, Nehal was the Director of Innovation at Idea Foundry, a business and technology accelerator that provided investment and management expertise to start-ups across diverse industry verticals. As one of their first employees, she led the creation, growth and operational management of their accelerator and investment programs. She was the executive-in-residence to 177 new ventures across diverse industry verticals, including 40+ Healthcare & Life Sciences ventures. In her role as EIR, she worked closely with the management teams of high-potential enterprises to help them address critical business needs including product strategy, sales, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning. She was also responsible for managing Idea Foundry’s university and corporate partnering initiatives and represented the company on several portfolio company boards.
Nehal has deep roots in the region’s innovation ecosystem by way of her advisor and board roles with various emerging companies, investment groups as well as other innovation-centric organizations. She has held positions as Senior Consulting Engineer at i2 Technologies, Dallas and Whittman-Hart, Chicago in the areas of optimization, supply chain management and product strategy.
Nehal holds a Master’s degree from the Heinz College of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.