Elizabeth Edwards launched Metro Innovation in 2009 after seven years in venture capital, private equity, and strategy and innovation consulting.
As a venture capital investor at Neyer Holdings, Elizabeth built winning strategies for start-up and growth companies in a variety of sectors, including clean tech, life sciences, consumer products, and technology. She has evaluated hundreds of business plans, and actively participated in the funding, launch, and management of five early stage portfolio companies, including Jukem Football, Global Fresh Foods, and Transactiv.
Elizabeth started her career at Deloitte Consulting, where she was a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies, deployed over a broad range of industries, mainly focusing on the health care and life sciences. At Deloitte, Elizabethâ€™s work focused on strategic marketing, disruptive innovation, and growth strategies. As a member of a small team that operationalized the disruptive innovation research of Clayton Christenson (author, The Innovatorâ€™s Solution), Elizabeth helped companies like Johnson & Johnson discover breakthrough technologies and acquisition targets and build start-up capabilities in house, creating revenue opportunities of over $300 million in 2005.
Elizabeth holds a BS in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with honors and distinction, and a MBA from the University of Cincinnati, where she was Winner of the 2003 Case Competition.
She serves on the board for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Agenda 360 Initiative committee for Economic Competitiveness and Council 360. She is a founding board member of several community organizations, including CincyPAC and Fetch, a single number for cab service in Cincinnati. She was honored in 2008 for her community achievements as a recipient of the Forty Under Forty given by the Cincinnati Business Courier.
In 2008, Elizabeth founded InOneWeekend, an innovation and entrepreneurship organization that hosts participant-driven events where 100 people create a start-up company in 3 days. The success of that event lead her to develop additional catalytic tools and events to stimulate the startup ecosystem in Cincinnati.
In 2009, Elizabeth created Cincinnati Innovates, an online regional innovation competition designed to unlock the latent intellectual property in the Greater Cincinnati region. The competition garnered over 270 entries and awarded over $50,000 in commercialization grants to eight local Cincinnati inventors.
In her free time Elizabeth fundraises and raises awareness for better screening and diagnostic solutions for melanoma skin cancer, enjoys traveling and downhill skiing, and coaches youth basketball. She is also an amateur pilot and Pilates enthusiast.