Dr. Burton Lee PhD MBA – Lecturer, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Stanford School of Engineering; Managing Director, Innovarium Ventures
Based in Silicon Valley, Dr. Burton Lee lectures on European Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Stanford School of Engineering, where he has successfully developed partnerships with European national and regional governments and industry in Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, France, Spain, Romania and Estonia. Dr. Lee also serves as Managing Director of Innovarium Ventures, a financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley with technology startup, angel investor, investment fund, industry association, corporate and national and regional government clients in Europe, Latin America and the USA. 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, innovation policy, and new approaches to technology cluster development.
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; research universities, and national and regional governments. He is a researcher and frequent conference speaker, business plan judge 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. Burton also serves as an SBIR reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and as an expert evaluator for European Commission FP7 research programs.
Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship (Cornell).