JÉROME S. ENGEL

FOUNDING EXEC DIRECTOR EMERITUS, LESTER CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY BERKELEY, CA
FOCUSED ON LEAN INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DEVOLOPING INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS GLOBALLY

FACTS

ONE OF THE FEW ENTREPRENEURIAL PROFESSORS

Jerry is an innovation expert; he is a venture capitalist, company founder, and university professor.

A SENIOR FELLOW AT THE BERKELEY UNIVERSITY

As senior fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, he established the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship in 1991.

FOUNDED SEVERAL START-UP

He has also founded several start-ups, including Internet company Allbusiness.com, which has provided support to young companies with information and helpful links, and was acquired by TV broadcaster NBC in March 2000.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance – Olympus Corporation
  • Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award 2010
  • NASDAQ 2006 center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to the Lester Center
  • Edwin M. and Gloria W. Appel Prize for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academe, 2002

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. Most recently he has focused on lean innovation entrepreneurship and developing innovation ecosystems globally.

After a successful business career, Professor Engel joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he currently serves Founding Executive Director Emeritus. At Berkeley he fostered the creation of an internationally distinguished program that provides entrepreneurship education across the University and its constituent community. Professor Engel is currently the Faculty Director of The Innovative Organization and Venture Capital Executive programs at Berkeley Executive Education.

He also serves as the National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps, a US government program that develops entrepreneurial technology commercialization teams at leading universities across the United States. He is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, New Venture Finance, and Venture Capital. He serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of several entrepreneurial ventures, venture capital firms, universities and innovation centers around the world. An author and frequent speaker, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and other global media.

Professor Engel’s awards and recognitions include the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advance the Discipline of Entrepreneurship, among others. His most recent research and publications focus on the nature in innovation processes in firms, communities and global networks. Professor Engel’s recent book, Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial engines of economic growth around the world explores the workings of entrepreneurial economies in in Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, China, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and of course Silicon Valley. He is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree at Penn State University and his graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.