With over thirty years of successful national and international business creation and leadership experience, Curtis Nelson has directed the development and successful launch of over 45 new businesses and more than 300 new products for the communications, IT, military, transportation, medical, health, food, and gardening industries worldwide. Nelson is a seasoned public speaker, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, and three-time veteran of Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies® list.
A 1974 graduate from the University of Iowa, Nelson holds a BBA in Marketing. He has been an active U of I alumnus and currently serves on the board and executive committee for the University of Iowa Research Foundation and as an advisor to the IOWA Centers for Enterprise. Nelson serves on the Business Advisory Council for Mt. Mercy College, is a director and officer on multiple private and public boards, and is also the author of The Recipe for Business Success. Nelson currently serves as President & CEO of the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc., a nationally recognized business accelerator. He is the President & CEO of CRN LLC, a business consulting organization, and AccelerateIT, LLC; manager of Iowa Seed Fund, LLC, a seed-stage investment fund.