North America Regional Lead, MIT Inclusive Innovation ChallengeNorth America
Stacey Frankovich is a program manager in the southeast Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem. “failure is an option, quitting is not” are words Stacey lives by professionally and personally. Prior to joining MIT as the Inclusive Innovation Challenge North American Lead, Stacey’s career includes leading the Ideas 2 Business (i2B) program for Oakland University which provides students the opportunity to explore business ideas with the help of student team members from various areas of study. Stacey managed the Michigan DARPA Matching Funds Program for the Macomb-Oakland University Incubator which aimed to better position startups for engagement with DARPA programs. Most recently, Stacey was the Director for Macomb Community College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and managed the Macomb Innovation Fund, a $2M pre-seed fund for startup companies committed to building their businesses and creating jobs in southeast Michigan.
Stacey holds a BS in Health Service Administration and is a graduate student at Central Michigan University studying Project Management and PMI Certification. Stacey lives with her husband and two sons outside of Detroit.Return to Team