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Lillegard's passion is helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market. Following early career training in the software industry as a project manager, business analyst, and sales manager, Lillegard received his MBA from the Lundquist College of Business in 2006.

Lillegard was founding CEO of Floragenex, a genomics research company based on technology developed at the University of Oregon. Floragenex, which was developed through the UO Technology Entrepreneurship Program as part of Lillegard's MBA studies, moved from lab to market with a combination of grant funding, Oregon-based early stage investment, and a strategic investment from a seed company in Illinois.

In addition to teaching entrepreneurship courses for both graduate and undergraduate students at the Lundquist College, Lillegard works with Oregon-based early-stage ventures to connect them with capital and other resources to accelerate their growth.