Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
KU News Service

KU Innovation Park hires David Sprenger as executive vice president of business development

Thu, 01/19/2023

LAWRENCE — KU Innovation Park has announced the addition of David Sprenger to staff as the executive vice president of business development. Sprenger, previously residing in Denver, started at the beginning of January.

David Sprenger, executive vice president of business development at KU Innovation Park.Sprenger joins KU Innovation Park with over 20 years of experience at the executive level. Previously working 15 years with the University of Colorado system, Sprenger served in senior leadership roles that enlisted the support of industry and government partners in building innovative collaborations, including the National Cybersecurity Center.

“David is situated to lead the business development operations for the Park as we chart a path of measurable growth and increasing our national visibility,” said E. LaVerne Epp, executive chair of KU Innovation Park.

During his first several months, Sprenger will focus on strengthening the management team to increase company recruitment, startup activity and the establishment of regional and national partnerships for KU Innovation Park.

“I am honored to join the KU Innovation Park and am excited to help in telling the Park’s exceptional story around innovation, technology, community enrichment and job creation,” Sprenger said. 

Sprenger holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Regis University. In his free time, Sprenger and his wife, Katie, enjoy camping, hiking and fly fishing while they spend most of their time navigating parenthood with their 2-year-old daughter, Ella Joy.

About KU Innovation Park

KU Innovation Park, formerly the Bioscience & Technology Business Center, is an independent, not-for-profit economic development corporation located adjacent to KU’s West District. The Park represents the economic development interests of its four founding stakeholders: The city of Lawrence, Douglas County, the Lawrence Chamber and KU. Home to more than 60 companies representing nearly 600 employees and more than $35 million in annual payroll, the Park’s mission is to build a more modern, diverse and resilient regional economy through the support of innovative bioscience and tech companies, and through the development of strategic industry-clusters built around the strengths of KU research. Find out more about KU Innovation Park.

— Story by Trinity Krouse

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