Dave Brenner

Executive Director

Dave provides business development leadership skills and guidance to Innovation Park’s client companies on their “march to market.” His expertise spans over 40 years as an entrepreneur and corporate leader for Fortune 100 companies.  His start-up philosophy: ”To become a viable, sustainable business requires a great idea that addresses a genuine market need and has the full engagement of an energetic and disciplined leader.” Innovation Park can provide client companies access to expertise across a wide range of industries through the global Notre Dame alumni network and faculty. This direct engagement to successful executives and experts provides client companies critical information on key business issues and the ability to take action quickly based on an informed decision.

Dave Brenner was a founder and managing partner of IdeaWorks, a new venture accelerator firm in Grand Rapids, MI., that helped early-stage entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas — especially those related to advanced technology, medical or consumer products — into marketable ventures. Prior to IdeaWorks, Dave worked for Amway Corp., the last two years as founder and president of Amway Ventures, Inc., which developed and rolled out several new business ventures, including OCEAN ESSENTIALS. His professional experience also includes management positions at Kelloggs in the USA and Europe, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and has been active with Notre Dame’s IrishAngels network since its inception. He has also taught entrepreneurship classes in the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Mendoza College of Business since 2005 and serves on many boards, including the Edison Innovation Awards.