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David Sutherland II

  • Part-Time Senior Lecturer, Full-Time MBA
300 Terry Executive Education Center


David is Founder and Managing Director, USA, of Launch Institute, a Technology Scouting firm. He based the founding of Launch Institute on his 25 years of corporate experience focused on technology innovation projects and consulting. His work has taken him across the globe, including the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

David lectures on entrepreneurship and business innovation for Terry. He is faculty advisor to the MBA Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Club. David also lectures at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, CEDIM Design Institute in Monterrey, Mexico and GISMA Business School in Hamburg, Germany. David received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

David has been an entrepreneur (partner in three successful startup companies, two sold), a corporate executive (formerly Senior Vice President, Computer Sciences Corporation) and a trusted advisor to a set of companies that have achieved significant business growth success. These companies include BMW AG, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Eaton Corporation and Bank of America. David is an LP in the Athens Angel Fund, on the board of FourAthens technology incubator, a mentor with Atlanta Tech Village and FourAthens, as well as an active participant in several startup ecosystems, including Austin, Texas, Boulder, Colorado, as well as Palo Alto, California.


  • PhD, Business, Cognition, Inst. Design, University of Virginia, 1986