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Krisztina "Z" Holly is the vice provost for innovation at the University of Southern California and executive director for the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. She leads a team of over 30 people in translating USC’s most groundbreaking ideas to market and developing educational programs to help faculty and students make maximum impact with their ideas. Before USC, Holly was founding executive director of MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. In the first three years, the Center provided $5M in grants, engaged over 250 faculty and students and more than 100 investors and entrepreneurs, and spawned nine startup companies that raised $40M in capital from top-tier venture capital firms.