Andy Gold, Ph.D., is a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Gold co-founded the HCC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program – The InLab@HCC – an Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation. He also co-created Operation Startup, a partnership between HCC and Hillsborough County designed for Vetrepreneurs to develop and launch businesses. In 2019, Dr. Gold and the HCC team created a new Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Program in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), a national leader in vetrepreneurship training, research, and advocacy. He serves as the co-director for this new Veterans program called Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (STRIVE). HCC is the first community college to partner with the IVMF. Born and raised in New York City, Gold is a product of public education, and is a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 23 years. Recently, Dr. Gold co-authored a book – Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation. Dr. Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street where he and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business. Gold currently lives in Tampa with his wife Anne, a middle school teacher. They have two sons, Matt who lives and works in New York City, and Greg who lives and works in Atlanta.