Research & Policy

Kirk Barnes

The Southeast Business Growth Hub

Kirk Barnes is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, investor and super connector. Kirk’s mission is to help over 1 million people learn the art and science of intentional relationship building and storytelling, by teaching his L.E.N.S. Principles, which consists of Leadership, Entrepreneurship/innovation, Networking and Sales Excellence.

Kirk is the author of Networking…The Path to Profit, Promotions and Power, as well as numerous articles in Forbes. Additionally, Kirk’s engagements include Program Director for the Southeast MBDA Minority Business Growth Hub, Co-Chair of TogetherHealth, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Miami Innovation Coulter Center, Board Member of the Ora Lee Cancer Research Foundation, Advisory Council of The Tulsa Innovation Labs, Partner for the Georgia Institute of Technology, Enterprise Innovation Institute, former EIR for the Engage Venture Fund and commercialization partner with foreign governments such as Canada, Argentina and Colombia.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of TransPharMed, an international business development firm that uses their 25/15/60 CAP Selling Model ®and networking to accelerate the sales cycle of healthcare technology & innovation. Kirk has worked with corporations, venture capital firms, startups, accelerators and governments to help their businesses successfully scale.

Previously, Kirk raised the funds to launch the inaugural healthcare technology program overseeing 40 startups at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), which serves the entire state of Georgia and is housed at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kirk is married with two wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys music, hiking, golfing, exploring new technology, traveling the world and spending time with friends and family.

Kirk holds a B.A. in Economics from Florida A&M University. (Go Rattlers!)