Jerry 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, Jerry 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 as Senior Fellow and 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. 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.
Jerry’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. Jerry’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.
- 25+ years as Adjunct Professor at Haas; Founding Executive Director as Berkeley Haas Lester Center for Entrepreneurship; Faculty Director for the Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship program that scaled up to hundreds of universities
- Currently, Lecturer at Imperial College London and National University of Singapore
- Industry roles include: Intel+Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Education Initiative, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, National Director of Capital Resources, Audit Partner and Director of Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young, and General Partner at Monitor Venture Partners
- Member of Boards & Committees: MedAmerica, MBSI,VentureWell [NCIIA], TUMentrepreneurship at Technical University of Munich, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Riyad TAQNIA Fund, M34 Capital, Kauffman Fellows Program
Role at Athleta-Ed
- Provide strategic guidance (business building, partnerships strategy and customer acquisition)
- Provide support with sports business content development
- Provide business development and venture creation guidance