Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

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Bill Turpin

Adjunct Faculty
Cornell Hall

Bill is President and CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, Missouri.  Bill works with faculty and students from the University of Missouri and local entrepreneurs to start and grow technology-based companies.  MIC also operates the MU Life Sciences Business Incubator at Monsanto Place with over 60 clients commercializing new technologies in areas such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, animal health, agriculture, and alternative energy.  MIC also operates the Mid-MO Tech Accelerator commercializing new digital technologies, such as virtual reality and online marketplaces.

Over his 30-year career, Bill has financed, acquired, and sold a variety of high-tech companies.  He has been the founding CEO of 4 startups and a senior executive at respected public companies including Netscape and Borland.  He has successfully secured investments from prominent venture capitals firms, including Kleiner Perkins, and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures.  He participated in the groundbreaking Netscape IPO in 1995.  And along the way, Bill has served as a mentor and angel investor to many Silicon Valley startups.


Bill has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas.