Catherine Collins is the VP for Entrepreneur Development at VCET.
Catherine collaborates with regional colleges and universities to increase the number and potential success of undergraduate student entrepreneurs and recent graduates . Further, Catherine advises and consults entrepreneurs drawing on a variety of design thinking methods. Some of Catherine’s favorite topics are design thinking, mentorship, resilience, food, skiing and of course — entrepreneurship.
She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Political Science and French. After working on various farms in Austria, Italy, Ireland and France, Catherine made her way back to her home state of Maine to work at the Maine International Trade Center. She returned to Vermont to work for Middlebury College’s leadership and innovation program - MiddCORE. As Associate Director, Catherine contributed to the expansion and scaling of the MiddCORE Immersion on two campuses as well as MiddCOREplus an internship program and a workshop series. In 2014 MiddCORE was awarded The Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.
Little known fact: Catherine worked in the kitchen of the White Barn Relais & Château.
Ashoka U Exchange - Innovative Models for Hosting a Social Entrepreneur on Campus February 2014
OpenIDEO Meetups at Middlebury College Fall 2014
MiddCOREplus Design Studio Workshops Summer 2014