Dr. Anthony J. Margida, Ph.D., TechGrit Founder & CEO, visionary and accomplished entrepreneurial ecosystem architect, brings energy and expertise to customizing tech startup programming for communities, universities, and corporations. His depth of experience spans business accelerator design, equity investment, private/public partnerships, company formation, and organization sustainability.
As CEO of Akron Global Business Accelerator, he envisioned and spearheaded the organization's transformation into an entrepreneurial super-hub creating 450 new jobs and securing $75M in equity investment while securing over $10M in grant funding to ensure multi-year operations.
His 30-year career in innovation has focused on developing and commercializing new technologies and the creation of companies spanning the specialty chemical, advanced material, cleantech/energy, nano-tech, IT and medical device industries.
As Director of Technology at HB Fuller he led development and global commercialization of a waterbased footwear adhesive offering an alternative to a highly abused toluene based staple. His Magnetorheological Fluid (MR) patents are widely cited and are core to GM’s Magneride suspensions on over one million vehicles.
A nationally recognized thought leader, Dr. Margida serves on the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan recommending organization for US policy. He is Leadership Chair for LaunchTown™, a program designed to promote entrepreneurship for Northeast Ohio's college and university students. He has served on the Akron ARCHAngels Deal Flow Committee and the University of Akron Research Foundation Spark Fund Board focusing on investment of University technologies.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of Wooster, Dr. Margida received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Akron and his business education from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
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Andrea Margida has a long pedigree as an entrepreneur and educator. She is majority owner and President of TechGrit and serves as President and CEO of The Valentine Project, a nonprofit that lends year-round support to families affected by childhood chronic illnesses, including cancer.
Her background in nutrition led her to practice sustainable farming, which she has done for nearly two decades, currently as proprietor of Morning Mist Farms. As an educator, Ms. Margida has taught language arts and science to middle and high school students and science, technology, and nutrition at Ohio University, West Virginia University, and Walsh University.
She is a graduate of the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, earned a Business Incubation Management certification from the International Business Innovation Association, serves on the Akron Public Schools Advisory Board for the Academy of Global Technology and Business Entrepreneurship and Marketing, and is a graduate of the Women's Network Community Leadership Institute.