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Robert Smith

Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program Director @MEC-Fairfax

Robert (Bob) Smith is the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) — a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by GMU and the Small Business Development Center Network — where he helps researchers, inventors, and tech startups develop their commercialization paths and business plans. He is also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program. Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship.

He is the Chairman of, a leading college rankings website. He has held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online and was the founder and CEO of the first nationwide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor and advisor, he has helped companies in different sectors go from launch to favorable exits. He holds a BA from Univ. of Southern California and an MBA from George Washington Univ.