John Liddy, principal of Liddy Enterprises, currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Tech Garden, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Mohawk Valley Community College helping these institutions advance student entrepreneurial activity and engagement through innovative coursework and hands on activities both on and off campus.
As part of his efforts in helping create and evolve these programs, Liddy directs the Syracuse Student Sandbox – an experiential education program that has launched over 120 student companies and has created a mentor network of over 150 business professionals from the community. He serves as the Director of the thINCubator (a start-up accelerator) in Utica NY and is the Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (at the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College).
Additionally, Liddy works with experienced business owners and entrepreneurs. Over the last several years he has helped 50 of these companies create strategic growth plans through facilitation of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program in Syracuse.
In addition to helping colleges and communities, Liddy is a frequent advisor to corporations and organizations seeking to improve their innovation process. Liddy serves as an instructor for the Boots to Business program that seeks to provide entrepreneurial alternatives to US military personnel who are completing their service.
A frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, Liddy has served as a National Fellow for the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs (NACCE) and currently is a co-chair of the International Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
Liddy has over 20 years of managerial experience and has been part of 6 startup companies, primarily in operations and finance roles. Immediately preceding his tenure as EIR, Liddy headed a business unit for a publicly traded company where he had full P&L responsibilities for a $300 million dollar business and had over 300 employees reporting to him. Liddy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and earned his MBA from the Whitman School at Syracuse University in 2003.