An entrepreneur, advisor and startup enthusiast, Pavel is a managing member of Nameless Ventures, a Chicago-based early-stage (Seed to Series A) technology investor. He also is a venture partner with NextGen Venture Partners. Pavel serves as vice president of HVAC business development for e-commerce company Power Equipment Direct. He sits on the advisory board for legal technology and services company Percipient, and is a board observer for food deliver service Factor 75. Pavel co-founded and presided over eComfort.com, acquired by Power Equipment Direct/Ferguson Enterprises in 2015. He previously worked as vice president of finance for L.E.S. Heating & Air. In 2008, he founded MeetMeAtGreen.com, a networking program designed to help green businesses connect to discover new resources and keep track of relevant regulatory information.
**This course was formerly known as KIEI-940-0**New Venture Development is the logical continuation of New Venture Discovery (KIEI 462). Students that have completed initial testing and market research and have determined that there appears to be a product-market fit for a customer base of a significant size, can apply to this course. This course is focused on testing and validating product-market fit, user interfaces and experience and advancing to the development of a refined MVP concept. There is an emphasis on using digital tools to test customer acquisition and messaging.