Christimara (Christy) Garcia Hired to Lead Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC)

Christimara (Christy) Garcia Hired to Lead Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC)

Jan 12, 2023

Christimara (Christy) Garcia is set to take over as Director of the Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC) in January where she will work directly with local entrepreneurs and FSU business faculty and students.

Garcia is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience, including 15 years dedicated to Innovation Management. Most recently she was the founder of the Catalyze Innovations Initiative, where she spearheaded the launch of several Innovation Bootcamp programs, including a BIPOC Entrepreneurship program, training and mentoring more than 100 entrepreneurs in applying disruptive innovation to achieve business prosperity, social-economic growth, and inclusion.

“We are thrilled to have Christy take over as Director of the FSU Innovation Center,” says Dr. Patricia Thomas, Dean of the College of Business. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and research on business innovation to share with our entrepreneurs and the many business interns who work alongside them.”

Gracia is the founder of ABGI Brasil, one of South America's most recognized innovation consulting firms. From 2007 to 2018, she supported the growth and expansion of more than 200 companies in Brazil and around the world, providing services such as innovation and ESG projects fundraising, legal structuring, business set-up, project management, and innovation labs structuring.

She earned her MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil and has a graduate certificate from Babson College.

The FSU Entrepreneur Innovation Center launched in 2013 to serve local entrepreneurs and FSU business students. For a small monthly fee, entrepreneurs are offered a range of benefits including:

  • The ability to work alongside dozens of other entrepreneurs and professionals, from different industries ranging from IT to fashion design, and healthier eating.
  • Student interns from Framingham State University's Computer Science, Management and Graphics Design majors who will do mid-sized projects for the entrepreneur members.
  • Access to FSU Business faculty with a wide range of expertise.

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About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.