Clay Phillips is the Michigan SBDC Mobility Technology Lead. In this position, Clay supports Michigan’s Mobility ecosystem by supporting early stage companies commercializing automotive and other mobility related technology and helping them connect with industry, research, and workforce.
Clay has deep practical experience in open innovation, intelligence, business development, strategy, and alliance management. From 2014 – 2018 he was an independent innovation and growth strategy advisor for startups, large companies and non-profits. He has served as adjunct instructor for the NSF Innovation Corps program and mentor for Detroit Techstars and GAMIC programs with a focus on transportation, advanced mobility and energy.
Prior to 2014 he was an executive at General Motors R&D where he held leadership positions in corporate and advanced technology strategy, alliance management, and innovation commercialization. He was a founding member and VP of GM’s corporate venture capital arm, GM Ventures, and led commercialization due diligence for the R&D Center’s open innovation and internal startup program. Earlier in his career he managed international product and portfolio planning and new business development initiatives.
Clay holds a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Columbia University. In between degrees he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy for six years. For fun, he is an amateur musician and composer, and enjoys sailing on big water whenever possible.