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About Todd A Finkle

Dr. Todd A. Finkle is a pioneer and innovator in the field of entrepreneurship education.  He is currently the Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University where he is an entrepreneur, author, consultant, and speaker.  Todd is also the founder and CEO of The Startup Professor, a consulting firm that works with a wide variety of entities including: countries and universities from all over the world, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, startups, franchises, family businesses, and non-profits.  Todd has been an entrepreneur of five companies (Investment, entertainment, consulting, technology, and publishing).  He has taught for 30 years at 4 different universities where he has published and/or presented 250 books, articles, presentations, and grants on a wide variety of topics on entrepreneurship.  His research has focused on technology entrepreneurship, digital entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, entrepreneurial finance (valuation, financing startups, structuring deals), entrepreneurship education, corporate entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship centers, family business, franchising, and MOOCs.
Dr. Finkle has written several cases on the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation. He has published a book entitled, “Lessons Learned from Leading Entrepreneurs: Case Studies in Business and Entrepreneurship” that contains in-depth case studies on several famous entrepreneurs including Steve Jobs (Apple), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Warren E. Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), Wayne Huizenga (Waste Management, Inc., Blockbuster Entertainment, and Republic Industries).  The book also has actual business world cases on a variety of topics including: buying a franchise and small business chain, expanding a small business internationally, succession in a family business, and issues when expanding international. He has also written case studies on Richard Branson (Virgin), Larry Ellison (Oracle), and Andrew Mason (Groupon). 

Dr. Finkle created of a relationship with Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.  Buffett has personally invited Dr. Finkle three times to visit him for a day in Omaha.  Finkle has brought seven different groups of students to visit and learn valuable lesson on business, life, and happiness from Warren E. Buffett.  Todd is currently work on a book based on the life of Warren Buffett.

Dr. Finkle has won several teaching awards, including a national award through United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He was also a runner-up for the most innovative entrepreneurship educator in the world by the Academy of Management (AOM) and is a MOOT CORP® Fellow through the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Finkle has founded two successful entrepreneurship programs.  He currently runs the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Gonzaga University where all students can study entrepreneurship and innovation through “hands on” experiential education.  Todd’s true passion is working with and helping people. 


Present Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship, Gonzaga University

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Finance, Franchising, International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Family Business, Small Business Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Creativity and Innovation

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