Mark Moeremans is the Senior Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Venture Development at the Arizona Commerce Authority, a public-private agency focused on economic development across Arizona.
In this role, Mark runs the Arizona Innovation Challenge, one of the largest pitch competitions in the country, as well as the Venture Ready Accelerator Program. He has long been interested in the intersection of the private-public and social sectors, and throughout his career, he has looked at entrepreneurship, technology and business as a way to drive economic development.
Mark has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a background in management, consulting, and private equity. Before joining the ACA, Mark was an Operating Executive with Alpine investors. Mark has vast experience, including global transformations of Fortune 50 companies and successful turnarounds and exits from small boutique shops.
He has consulted on behalf of governments and NGOs from Bosnia Peru and has launched and helped build social enterprises in Ghana and South Africa. Mark is excited about building community and helping founders and entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.
There’s a tendency to panic shop and take the first thing that comes along when you’re looking for opportunities. But if you’re discerning and intent on getting what you want, those significant opportunities exist -- it’s just a matter of doing the work to find them. For Mark Moeremans, one of the most important work you have to learn is to master the art of asking people for coffee. Why is it so important? And how can it help you make the asking process easier?
Tune in to this week’s episode of What’s Your Ask with Stephanie Sims as she interviews Mark Moeremans from the Arizona Commerce Authority about how you can seek the opportunities you need for your business. Listen in as he discusses tips on how to structure your ask the importance of overcoming the feeling of embarrassment when making an ask, how to best avoid missed opportunities, and knowing when it’s time to stop asking.
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