Carl Richard (Dick) Sommerstad has an extensive business development background spanning more than fifty years in economic and community development. He is the Co-Founder of The Network Connect and has held both active and consulting management roles in both startup and emerging companies.
Throughout his career, he has honored the entrepreneurial spirit while gaining hands-on knowledge in a wide range of diverse fields including medical, pharmaceuticals, biotech, engineering, agriculture, food, manufacturing, and business. In his role as Director of the Academic and Corporate Relations Center for University of Minnesota, he designed, created, and implemented innovative programs to connect businesses to resources worldwide.
Dick’s expansive network includes local, national and international funding and investment sources. He has cultivated strong business relationships and personal associates with governments, communities, higher education, and medical and science fields, as well as entrepreneurs in in Minnesota, the Midwest, and throughout the world.
Dick is a proud graduate of University of Minnesota.