5 Questions with Jean-Luc Mette, Glen Nelson Center's new Entrepreneurship Fellow

Welcome to the team, Jean-Luc!

We’re excited to announce that Jean-Luc Mette is joining the Glen Nelson Center team as our new Entrepreneurship Fellow! Jean-Luc moved here from San Antonio where he worked in the City’s Economic Development Department as a Special Projects Manager. In that role, Jean-Luc helped dozens of companies - from startups to Fortune 500s - locate to or expand in San Antonio, and he managed the City's trade office in Mexico City. Outside of his full-time job, he had success as a small-scale real estate developer including turning a dilapidated residential home into a soon-to-be-opened cocktail bar.

Jean-Luc grew up in Germany where he obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications and journalism, worked for PUMA, and got his MBA while living and working in San Antonio. Together with his wife (who’s from Fargo) and two young children, Jean-Luc lives in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul. At the Glen Nelson Center, he will work on programming for Ventures in Residence, the center’s business accelerator program.

Here are five things you need to know about Glen Nelson Center’s newest team member:

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Curious, calm, collaborative.

Why are you excited to work at Glen Nelson Center?

Glen Nelson Center combines two of my passions: media and entrepreneurship. The fellowship seemed like a fantastic opportunity to do something I care about while learning about the local ecosystem.

What’s one piece of advice every entrepreneur needs to hear?

Believe in your idea but don’t be afraid to pivot.

What do you geek out about?

New Urbanism.

Someday, I would like to….

...fire myself and hire someone better.

We can’t wait to see the impact Jean-Luc makes on our Ventures in Residence programming. We believe change is powerful, and can lead to solutions impossible to uncover without it. Our Entrepreneurship Fellowship is one strategy we use to embrace change and bring new ideas to Glen Nelson Center.