Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Designing New Models for European Public Universities, Nov 24, 2011
Speaker Biography

Dr. Burton Lee PhD MBA – Lecturer, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Stanford University, School of Engineering; Member, Irish Government’s Innovation Task Force; Managing Director, Innovarium Ventures, Silicon Valley, CA

Based in Silicon Valley, Dr. Burton Lee lectures on European Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Stanford School of Engineering, where he is considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading experts on the European startup, venture finance, university commercialization and innovation scene; while at Stanford, over the past three years he has successfully developed partnerships with European national and regional governments, venture finance organizations and industry in Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, France, Spain, Romania and Estonia, as well as with EBAN, the European Business Angel Network based in Brussels. Dr. Lee also serves as Managing Director of Innovarium Ventures, a financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm with technology startup, angel investor, venture capital fund, university, corporate and national and regional government clients in Europe, Latin America and the USA.

Burton’s professional history encompasses 15+ years entrepreneurial, investment and senior executive leadership and advisory experience in venture-backed technology startup companies; venture capital and private equity funds; angel investor networks; global technology corporations (Daimler, HP and General Electric); federal S&T agencies (NSF, NIH and NASA); the European Commission (serving as an FP7 expert evaluator); research universities, and national and regional governments. He is a researcher and frequent conference speaker and media commentator on the US and European entrepreneurship, innovation policy, regional economic development, venture finance, university commercialization, innovation ecosystems, social media and product design scenes. During 2009-2010, he served as the sole non-Irish member of Ireland’s national Innovation Taskforce, appointed by Prime Minister Brian Cowen. He is a recognized global expert on innovation ecosystems, technology startup companies, venture finance, university-based innovation models, and new approaches to technology cluster development.

Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Cornell.