RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – First Flight Venture Center announced today the addition of Kenneth T. Tyra as Executive-In-Residence. Tyra has been a lead executive or founder in a wide range of start-up and established businesses. Tyra has a lengthy legal bio as well, including roles as a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in its Minneapolis and Denver offices and as Associate General Counsel at the University of Minnesota. Specific to the Triangle area, Tyra was CEO of HiddenMind Technology, Inc., a Cary-based wireless data software company that grew to 150 employees and raised over $30 Million in equity, including $25 Million from New York City based Warburg Pincus Funds.

Tyra received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He has been a frequent speaker, including adjunct teaching at the college level. Tyra has also served on a number of nonprofit and for profit boards, including The Management Assistance Project for Nonprofits of Minneapolis/St. Paul and Fremont Health Care Clinics (now known as Neighborhood HealthSource) in Minneapolis.

First Flight Venture Center is a technology incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991 to serve the initial needs of entrepreneurs and early stage companies, the Center has graduated nearly 300 financially viable and freestanding businesses. First Flight graduates migrate into the mainstream of the business community, creating jobs and commercializing important new technologies that contribute to a stronger North Carolina economy. The Center’s success lies in its turnkey approach—the ability to enable tenant businesses to reduce their initial capitalization requirements and their annual operation costs by providing affordable space with flexible leases, shared business services, technology support services, and management guidance and counseling. First Flight offers 20,000 square feet of leasable office and laboratory space for up to 40 emerging technology companies.