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Sr. Assoc. VC for Entrepreneurship

Steven F. Tello, Ed.D. Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Research Interest

Tello's research interests include technology innovation and cluster development, business incubation, student entrepreneurship and technology-facilitated management education. He has published in a number of prestigious journals including the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Management Decision and the International Journal of Technology Transfer & Commercialization. He has also raised approximately $6 million in foundation and state grant funds to support campus educational and economic development efforts.


Steven Tello’s current role as Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development allows him to champion the many innovative and entrepreneurial programs and ventures emerging on the Lowell campus. He is a tenured, associate professor in the Manning School of Business, where he founded the university’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program and the interdisciplinary M.S. in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship. He also serves as Co-Director of the university’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), an accelerator program that promotes the growth of med-device startups. Most recently, he launched the university’s DifferenceMaker program, focused on engaging students in innovation and entrepreneurship across academic programs. Currently he is overseeing the development and launch of the university’s Innovation Hub, a 22,000 sq. ft. venture facility that will support  technology startup companies across the greater Lowell region.

These joint appointments allow him to combine his passion for teaching with research, examining how to best promote the commercialization of emerging technologies. Tello maintains an active role in support of technology integration on the campus and within the UMass system.

Tello received his Doctorate of Education in Leadership in Schooling from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002. He received his M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Lowell, and an M. Ed. in Management from Cambridge College.