provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

Casavan Juliana

Entrepreneurship Consultant
Purdue Foundry

Juliana Casavan is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager for the Purdue Foundry and Operations Manager of The Anvil, a student-run coworking space. As part of the founding team at the Foundry she provides clients with workshops, seminars and educational opportunities such as ideation, business model evaluation and customer discovery. As the operations manager of The Anvil she is responsible for guiding the student leadership team and providing workshop opportunities for Purdue students and community entrepreneurs.

Prior to her role at the Foundry, she worked in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette and worked with startup companies in the incubation space. During her tenure at the foundation, she was a client services coordinator assisting companies with administrative support. She also helped launch and coordinate the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy and provides continuing support to other universities to develop entrepreneurial academies of their own.

Casavan studied musical theatre at Ball State University and holds a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. She is a six-year member of the International Business Incubation Association and helped win the 2010 Innovation of the Year for the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. She is certified in the Lean LaunchPad methodology and “So what? Who cares? Why you?” methodology. She has been providing workshops at Purdue for over five years and has been with the foundation for 10 years.