Innovation Pavilion is an environment which fosters the growth of entrepreneurial ideas and helps high growth companies reach their potential. The eco-system consists of flexible real estate options, mentor-ship programs, service provider contacts, corporate relations and structured funding programs. One of the most valuable aspects of being at IP is sharing a space filled with entrepreneurs eager to exchange ideas and create collaborative efforts through productive collisions.
Innovation Pavilion is the product of over five years of global incubator research by founder Vic Ahmed, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and startup visionary. IP borrows best practices from around the country to create an incubator model based on national best practices.
Innovation Pavilion will launch ten additional locations over the coming years in cities across America. Each building will replicate the existing model that calls for critical mass to create productive collisions. Members of this critical mass include entrepreneurs, startups, mentors, executives-in-transition, high growth companies, corporations, entrepreneurial & tech organizations, and economic development, and academic and government organizations.
Innovative business ideas emerge in a dynamic setting that not only nourishes individual growth but allows for economic sustainability. To start a business and then survive in the larger economic environment depends on the immediate ecosystem in which ideas are formed. Innovation Pavilion is one of those ecosystems where driven entrepreneurs in technology, design, and business are in constant confluence with each other.
Umer Farouq, CEO
Umer is a CFA Charter Holder, entrepreneur and a seasoned professional. Most of his early professional work, he was focused on investment consulting and research in the institutional consulting arena in St. Louis and Washington DC having worked for Walnut Street Securities, Asset Consulting Group, A.G. Edwards & Son Inc. and Lynx Investment Advisory. Before embarking into the entrepreneurial world, Umer spent time in the Middle East, most recently serving as the Head of Investments for El-Ajou Group – an Ultra High Net Worth family group – in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he oversaw a portfolio in excess of a half billion dollars. Prior to that, he also served as Senior Adviser to the CEO at Riyad Capital, the largest asset manager in Saudi Arabia focused on the asset and wealth management departments. Having MBA from St. Louis University, graduate with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University (Olin school of Business), he has taught MBA classes at Webster University for over a decade and also taught and lectured on ‘Islamic Finance’ and ‘Investment Climate and Opportunities in the Middle East’.