Aaron Olver

Managing Director

University Administration/Student Services

Aaron Olver is the Managing Director of the University Research Park. Established in 1984, University Research Park, a University of Wisconsin-Madison affiliate, is an internationally recognized research and technology park that supports early-stage, and growth-oriented businesses in a range of sectors, including engineering, computational and life sciences. Olver previously served as Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce and City of Madison Director of Economic Development. He has an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and a graduate degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Talks:

  • Overview, history, results, and current plans for one of the countries most successful research parks.

  • The role that geography plays in fostering innovation – or not – and strategies for creating innovation jobs.

  • This talk examines entrepreneurship as a critical and misunderstood driver of job growth across the nation.

  • The University of Wisconsin – Madison has a special and vital role to play in fostering economic prosperity in Wisconsin.