Landon Young, Ph.D.

Executive Director of University Initiatives & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Landon Young is a trans-disciplinary entrepreneur, educator, and investor focused on high-impact technology innovation. Landon was named one of thirteen Kauffman Foundation Global Scholars in 2013, awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship in 2011, is the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Hub in Kansas City, and 2018 MP1 Fellow.

Landon holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University and completed his executive education at Harvard University. He was also an advisor for Stanford University’s international University Innovation Fellows Program, a design thinking and entrepreneurship program through the d.School. Landon is currently Director of University Initiatives at Elevate Ventures, the Midwest’s most active seed-stage fund. Landon is also an active advisor and board member for several venture-backed startup companies.

  • What is the most important thing you do for Elevate Ventures’ clients/constituents? I help them understand their motivations, which influence all startup decisions.
  • What is your claim to fame? I once met Chuck Norris.
  • Any “did you know?” random facts about yourself to share? I am a triathlete.