Ralph Griffith


  • Ph.D., Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Baker College
  • MBA, Integrated Management, Northwood University
  • B.A., Political Science, Alma College

Ralph Griffith is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Born in Michigan, Griffith traveled extensively and lived on numerous military bases while growing up. He has served as lead faculty with Summerfuel: Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Stanford University and Yale University. His teaching interests are in the areas of small business development, entrepreneurship, social enterprise and strategic planning.

Prior to entering academia, Griffith owned and operated several ventures. He sold his first startup at the age of 23. In 2006, he began The Small Business Solutions Group and consulted with hundreds of small to medium-sized companies. In 2017, Griffith founded BaseCampster, a web development company that specializes in working with ecommerce startups.

Griffith’s vision is to build a continuum of support for startups in and around higher education. This continuum is extensive: it begins as harmlessly as an idea written on a napkin, progresses through feasibility analysis and business model creation, builds momentum through formal education and networking, the idea is immortalized in a business plan, incubated until the business is ready for the free market, surrounded with funding opportunities and lastly enters the market as a lean organization with an adept understanding of their target market and the gap they are filling in the marketplace.    

Griffith’s style is rooted in the American ideal of free enterprise. He surrounds students, faculty, staff and community members in an ecosystem of cross-disciplinary education, business counseling and funding.