MELISSA PETERSEN – Business Consultant

Melissa Petersen is a Business Consultant for Bold IP who is excited about the opportunity to help local entrepreneurs in STEM and other fields realize their innovative dreams. Outside of consulting, Melissa works as an Assistant Vice Provost at the University of Washington in their Office of Research – in this role, she serves to guide innovators and entrepreneurs through state and federal regulations in research and ethical transfer of University technologies to spin-out, as well as other types of businesses. Melissa is looking forward to joining entrepreneurs on the business side, outside of her usual academic role, and can’t wait to put her research skills to use. Entrepreneurs will be able to see their ideas turn into companies as market data is collected and synthesized into marketing and business development strategies.

Melissa’s background in business and academic science help her to understand the unique relationship between innovation and bureaucracy. This gives her the ability to streamline administrative processes from setting up payroll systems to establishing file management systems for federal grant portfolios. Melissa specializes in federal grant and contract management, fiscal management, small business strategy, and market research and strategy development for small businesses. She also has experience with Intellectual Property assignments and licenses.

Academically, Melissa earned her MBA with an emphasis in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Seattle University and her BS in Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA—her home town. Outside of work and science, Melissa enjoys giving back to the community to support programs promoting access to education. Currently she is the vice chair for the Education Fund at North Seattle College, and committee member for Expanding Your Horizons. Melissa also enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest!