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John Pyrovolakis is the founder of the Innovation Accelerator Foundation (“IAF”), a vertically integrated innovation practice, with practice areas in commercialization/technical assistance, venture capital, and intellectual property. The IAF’s work with the National Science Foundation was cited in the 2012 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, according to which the IA levered $6M of NSF funding to attract over $200M of private sector dollars. In 2010, the IA spun out the National Innovation Fund (“NIF”), an early stage venture fund located in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to founding the Innovation Accelerator, Pyrovolakis started iKaptivate. Before that, Pyrovolakis founded CollegeScape, which he sold to Thomson-Reuters and worked as a mergers and acquisitions banker at Jesup & Lamont. Pyrovolakis is a triple major in math, computer science, and philosophy from New York University. Pyrovolakis won a scholarship and teaching fellowship for a PhD at MIT; he left the PhD program at MIT to start Collegescape.