Director, Student Startups and Venture Creation
John Henry, MBA is the Director of Startups at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, Henry supports the University’s new IDEA Center and its commercialization and startup efforts.
Henry’s professional experience spans a decade of launching startups and consulting for private companies and government organizations.
Henry’s entrepreneurial experience focuses on the web-based startups. He co-founded his first company, RateMyStudyAbroad.com, in 2006 and sold it to GoAbroad in 2013. He also founded an online retail business (Shipping Entertainment) and an online learning platform (CODEinCLASS). Prior to his current position, Henry worked as Manager of Customer Success for a venture-backed web startup in South Bend, Vennli, that was founded by ND professor, Joe Urbany.
Henry’s consulting experience served both private and government clients. His consulting experience at private companies centers on new-product development and launch for companies such as Zimmer-Biomet and The Corporate Executive Board. His government consulting work focused on developing new intellectual property for the Navy while working at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Henry’s creativity and passion for entrepreneurship has resulted in multiple grants and awards, including Elevate’s High Performance Startup Grant, winner of Booz Allen’s Ideas Festival, two-time semi-finalist for Notre Dame’s McCloskey competition. He also supported international entrepreneurs by establishing the Notre Dame Haitian Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition.
Henry received an M.B.A. from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Davidson College in North Carolina.