Frank Demmler

Frank Demmler

Managing Director

Phone: 412.681.1520

Frank has over 30 years experience advising both entrepreneurs and angel investors having worked with over 3,000 entrepreneurial efforts, leading to the formation of over 500 companies. These companies have gone on to create more than 12,000 jobs and raise more than $2 billion dollars of investment capital.

Currently Frank serves as the Vice President of Entrepreneurial Services at Innovation Works, where he manages IW’s seed fund and leads the Executives in Residence. He and his team work with companies from first contact through initial funding and beyond.

Frank also has significant experience evaluating and funding early-stage technology companies as President & CEO of the Future Fund, General Partner of the Pittsburgh Seed Fund, Co-Founder and Investment Advisor of the Western Pennsylvania Adventure Capital Fund, and Vice President of Venture Development for the Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh, an organization that provided assistance to entrepreneurs. He is past president of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association.

Frank holds a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, an MBA in General Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Management and has pursued post-graduate studies in marketing in the doctoral program of the Harvard Business School. Frank has served as Adjunct or Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University since 1987. Frank is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. He is a past regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Supporter of Entrepreneurship award.