Ventures may be at a wide range of developmental stages, from ideation through commercialization. The goal of our mentor network is to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of I2C founders. Period!

I2C Innovation Mentors are subject matter experts, gurus, doers, advisors, folks who want to genuinely connect, contribute and be a pivotal resource to our companies and entrepreneurs. They are enablers of innovation, entrepreneurship and “getting it done”!

Our Innovation Mentors are available to all I2C virtual / resident companies and faculty / students looking to take their idea forward.


Dr. Kuan Collins



301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Kuan Collins is a Fellow and solutions architect master for SAIC. In this role she is responsible for leading and driving SAIC’s digital transformation and innovation investments and solutions for Civil Space sector.

Kuan joined SAIC in 2003 and was previously a Solutions VP for SAIC’s Software and Analytics practice, where she led the solutioning for several complex captures across multiple sectors.

Dr. Collins is recognized as the technical expert and resource in digital transformation, IT modernization, specialized engineering, intelligent software and analytics areas. She has led senior solutions architects’ team and develops intelligent software solutions for insights and action plans from disparate data sources through data-driven and artificial intelligence methods for all customer groups and for strategic bids. She draws on her judgment and expertise in the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures, derived from a Ph.D. and 23 years of experience, to develop technical strategies, architectures, and road maps, and solve complex total system problems for intelligent software and analytics customers.

Kuan is a mentor at the Capital Factory, helping startups understand how to do business with System Integrators, and the Federal Government. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Global Campus, School of Business, where she teaches Big Data, Evidence-Based Methods and Analytics in Practice. She serves on the board for Austin Forum for Technology and Society and Austin Smart City Alliance.

Kuan holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, a master’s degree in Information Systems from Strayer University and an executive Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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