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Yvonne J. English

Entrepreneur + Startup Coach + Professor

Yvonne J. English
Entrepreneur + Startup Coach + Professor

Yvonne English started her first (real) company at the age of 24. That company, which was eventually sold, was a boutique consulting firm specializing in investments and corporate retirement plans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Two years after founding the firm, she worked in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as an International Management Consultant for Manulife Financial/John Hancock. 

Upon her return to the U.S., Ms. English joined McGladrey, the 5th largest accounting firm in the country. After becoming the unit’s number one salesperson in the country and then serving as the Director of the Phoenix office, Yvonne became the first National Operations Director for the division, coordinating the operation of several offices across the nation servicing 5,000 clients with over $7 billion in assets. 

Yvonne’s entrepreneurial projects included ReEnergy, an alternative energy project in Texas, and Salvagist, an online retailer of stylish accessories made from upcycled materials. Yvonne sold Salvagist to Earth Lover Shopping in August 2010 and then founded Social Animal Media – a new media company specializing in creating websites, social networks, social media sites, and videos for businesses. In 2013, she added a mobile app/mobile website company, BuzzBurrito, to her venture portfolio. She also served on the Advisory Boards for Rooted Beauty, Gecko Robotics, Blissed Out Designs, and Anderal Technologies.

Ms. English founded the [email protected], a business incubator, in 2011 in collaboration with the City of Hermitage, PA. She served for five years as the Executive Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the incubator, which won the 2012 SV Chamber Phoenix Award for Innovation and the 2013 Pennsylvania Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Project of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania. Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, has publicly stated that the EDA is now using the [email protected] as a template for economic development in rural regions around the country. She is a member of the International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA), was a certified GrowthWheel consultant, and has earned her Business Incubation Management Certificate. She also studied the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) with Steve Blank and Jerry Engel.

Yvonne is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Grove City College, her undergraduate alma mater, where she majored in International Business and French. She serves as a lecturer in entrepreneurship and has created and teaches classes centered on startup ventures such as the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) and Startup Founders’ Dilemmas. She also founded the GCC’s VentureLab, having coached 42 student teams in 5 years. Additionally, she created a high school summer innovation academy, The Perfect Pitch (a regional college elevator pitch competition), and the Oh-Penn for Business College Business Plan Competition.  She has a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Her community involvement includes/has included: Valley Shenango Economic Development Corporation (Chair), Entrepreneurship Academy @LindenPointe (Founding Advisory Board Member), Mercer County Career Center (Advisory Committee Member), [email protected] (Advisory Board Member), USASBE (member), Praxis Academy Entrepreneurship Council (Member), 2014 Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference (Judge), Pittsburgh Tech Council (Member), ATHENA PowerLink (Mentor), Allegheny Conference Strategic Communications Committee (Member), Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), Lawrence Mercer ATHENA International (Host Committee Member), ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Awards/ATHENA Leadership Awards (Judge), Beaver County Youth Entrepreneurship VC Fair (Judge), Allegheny College Gator Venture Challenge (Judge), and (Spanish Translation Team Leader & French Translation Team Member).

Ms. English was named in the inaugural “Top 40 Under 40” in Mercer and Lawrence Counties, and she and her ventures have been featured on ABC (33 WYTV) and on CBS (WKBN 27) as well as in Arizona Woman Magazine, The GeDunk, the Phoenix Business Journal, Butler Business Matters, Youngstown Business Journal, the Vindicator, the Butler Eagle,, Views and Voices Magazine, the Sharon Herald (Multiple Features), the GCC Annual Report (2012 & 2013), Kiva B4B, New Castle News, The Cranberry Eagle, Oh-Penn Magazine, the Allied News, Opportunity Lives, City of Hermitage Community Update, and Pittsburgh TEQ Magazine.

She has been a featured speaker for GCC’s Delta Mu Delta’s 2010 Induction Ceremony, Economics Pennsylvania (2013), “Hope Banquet” (2011), ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Day (2012 & 2013), Pittsburgh Fellows (2015), and an 85 Broads speaker panel. She is a member of the Discover Hope Speaker’s Bureau and was the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 NW PA STEM Conference. She also had the honor of being selected by U.S. Congressman Kelly to serve as the District advisor for the 2014 Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition and was then asked to stay on as an advisor to the Congressman’s office for future competitions.


I founded a rural business incubator in 2010 and, during my five years at the helm, I incubated 21 different companies. Before the incubator, I founded and sold two other companies – one was an e-commerce company and one was a consulting company (third party administration firm for corporate retirement plan and investments).

I have also coached 42 VentureLab teams at Grove City College. Of the startups that I have coached or advised, several have raised millions in seed funding and three have already had successful exits through acquisition.

If you are interested in talking to me about coaching your startup, please complete the contact form. I am open to a consulting arrangement for cash and/or equity if we decide that there is a mutual fit.

If you’re unsure about what type of advisor you need, start by reading this blog post. Happy launching!


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