Jerome S. Engel: Curriculum Vitae



Jerome Engel is an internationally recognized expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital—and lectures and advises business and government leaders around the world. After a successful business career, he joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, of which he is a senior fellow and the founding executive director emeritus.



Adjunct Professor, Emeritus
Adjunct Professor, 2001 – 2013
Lecturer 1991 – 2001
Instruct in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs specializing in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Venture Capital, Private Equity, New Venture Finance, Opportunity Recognition and Technology Commercialization.

Founding Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Fellow, 2011 – Present
Faculty Director, 2009-2011
Founding Executive Director, 1991 – 2009
Founded the Center in 1991 and led the Center for 20 years. As founding Executive Director, responsible for the creation and leadership of one of the leading university based entrepreneurship programs in the world. As Faculty Director, responsible for academic and executive education programs and cross-curricular and cross University collaborations. As Emeritus and Senior Fellow, continues to provide guidance and leadership.


Founding National Faculty Director, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps [I-Corps], 2013 to 2018. National Faculty member continuing.
Founding Faculty Director, Lean Launchpad Educators Program, VentureWell [previously NCIIA], 2013 to present
Faculty, UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, leading and teaching in many programs, including:

• Faculty Director, U.C. Berkeley Venture Capital Executive Program, 2001 to present
• Faculty Director, U.C. Berkeley Executive Program in Innovation, The Innovative Organization, 2012 to present
• Faculty Co-Director. U.C. Berkeley – National Technical University of Singapore Advanced Management Program, 2013, 2014
• Faculty Director, U.C. Berkeley – BI Fudan University Management Program in Innovation, 2013 – present
• Faculty Director, U.C. Berkeley Lean LaunchPad Innovation Programs in Kuwait [for KFAS] 2014 and Egypt [for the World Bank] 2015
• Faculty Director, U.C. Berkeley – American University of Mongolia Executive Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2012
• ExecOnLine, Leading Innovative Change, 2014 to present

Faculty Chair, unternehmerTUM, The Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the Technical University of Munich, Executive MBA, Experience Silicon Valley Program, 2009 to present
Faculty, BI Silicon Valley Experience for the Norwegian National Research Council, 2009 – present
Faculty Chair, Corporate Entrepreneurship, LaSalle Parque Innovacion, Madrid,Spain, 2009
Faculty Chair, Venture Capital and Private Equity, LaSalle Parque Innovacion, Madrid, Spain, 2009
Faculty Chair, Intel+Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Education Initiative
Faculty Chair, Intel+Berkeley Global Entrepreneurship Faculty/ Leadership Colloquium
Faculty Chair, Technology Entrepreneurship Education: Theory to Practice Seminars, over forty seminars conducted at universities throughout Europe, Asia and South America 2005-2009 in partnership with Intel Corporation

Faculty and Curriculum Development: Extensive experience in building entrepreneurship and innovation educational capacity at universities around the world through curriculum development and instructor training most recently including programs at Imperial College London, National University of Singapore, LaSalle University of Madrid, Technical University of Munich, University of Central Florida, Inven2 and BI, Norway, and leading the Lean LaunchPad: Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship Faculty Development Seminar multiple times per year since its inception in 2013 hosted at various universities including Columbia, UC Berkeley and Stanford in conjunction with VentureWell.

Other Academic Positions and Service:

Technical University of Munich, Academic Lecturer and Member of the TUMentrepreneurship Advisory Board [2009 – present]
Imperial College London. Visiting Faculty Entrepreneurship, Lean LaunchPad, [2014 – 2016]
National University of Singapore, Visiting Faculty Entrepreneurship, Lean LaunchPad, [2013 to present]
University of Central Florida, Visiting Faculty Entrepreneurship, Lean Launchpad [2015]
Editorial Reviewer, California Management Review
Chair, External Academic Review Committee, National University of Singapore [2010]
Editorial Board, International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship (IJTE)
Executive Board, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers [2009 – present]
Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Competition, Barcelona, Spain, [2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]
Advisory Board, National Association of Corporate Directors, Northern California [2007-2010]
Faculty Advisory Board, Kauffman Fellows program [2005 – 2010]
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, EWING MARION KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION. [2001-3]
Faculty Director, Kauffman Foundation Lifelong Learning for Entrepreneurship Educators Program [2002-3]
Founding Faculty Advisor, UCB Business Plan Competition [1997 (inception) – 2010]
Founding Faculty Advisor, Global Social Venture Competition [1999 (inception) – 2010]
Faculty Co-Chair, Price-Babson@Berkeley entrepreneurship education training program [1999 and 2000]
Advisory Board and Executive Education Faculty, Fundación Privada Parque de Innovación, La Salle University, Madrid Spain (2007 – 2009)
KPMG: Executive national professional education faculty of KPMG [1976 – 1977], and Executive-in-Residence with teaching responsibility on behalf of KPMG at North Carolina Central University.[1975 – 1976]

Accomplished in executive and faculty education. A frequent guest lecturer at universities and symposia throughout the U.S. and internationally. Advisor on entrepreneurship and innovation curriculum and program development to various universities. Published author, frequent speaker, and a cited authority in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, and NPR, among others.


Founding General Partner, MONITOR VENTURES, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology ventures. [2004-present]
Founding General Partner, KLINE HAWKES & CO. and its respective private equity funds, Kline Hawkes California and Kline Hawkes California SBIC LP, [1995 –1998].
Riyadh TAQNIA Fund, Investment Committee, External Member [2015 – Present]
M34 Capital, Investment Advisory Committee, External Member [2014 – Present]
Future Planet Fund, Investment Governance Board, External Member [2016 – Present]


Managing Director, BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP, a global consultancy. Innovation ecosystem development, corporate innovation strategy, venture capital structure and strategy. [2012 to present]

Expert Witness Testimony: Testimony in court cases and arbitrations in connection with venture capital transactions, venture management practices and the financing of high technology ventures


MEDAMERICA, Inc., (Committees: Audit [Chair], Compensation) 1993 – Present
MEDAMERICA OnCall, Inc., 1993 – 2001
JUPITER SYSTEMS, Inc., (Committees: Audit [Chair], Compensation) 2000 – 2015
ADAPTIVE INSIGHTS, Inc., (Committees: Audit [Chair], Compensation) 2005– 2012.
XMOBB Inc., 2010 – 2011
MAXIS CORPORATION, 1992 –1995 [Publisher of Sim City, The Sims, etc. IPO and sold to EA]
ELECTRASCAN, Inc. 1992 – 2011
ELLIOTT-PORTWOOD STUDIOS, (Chairman) 1992 – 1997
TRANSOFT TECHNOLOGY, 1995 – 1998. [Acquired by HP]
MICRONET TECHNOLOGY, 1995 – 1998. [Acquired by Ampex]
AMERICAN WHOLE HEALTH, Board observer, 1996 – 1998.
CENTRIC SOFTWARE, Board observer, 1995 – 1998.
ALLBUSINESS.COM, (Co-Founder, Chair Audit Committee) 1998 – 2000 [Acquired by NBC]

Board of Advisors to many ventures over the years, including such notable successes including NIANTC LABS [publisher of PokemonGO], LEAPGROG [creator of novel children’s educational toys, NYSE:LF then acquired], FAIR ISAAC COMPANIES [creator of the FICO credit score, NYSE:FICO], and others.

Board of various not-for-profit organizations:
• New York Academy of Science, Advisory Board New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 2014 to present
• VentureWell [formerly NCIIA], Board of Directors (Audit and Investment Committees) 2010 – 2016. Emeritus Board Member 2016 – present.
• Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Executive Advisory Board, 2010 – present
• Camp Towanga, Civicorps [East Bay Conservation Corps], various years in the 1990’s


Entrepreneur and General Management: Co-founder and executive in several enterprises including[1997 – 2000]. CFO from formation of the company through its successful sale, returning over 10x to is investors. At the time of sale the Company had raised over $30million in venture financing and had over 130 employees. Continues today as vital source of information for entrepreneurs and business owners as a subsidiary of D&B.

Public Accounting: Certified Public Accountant. Twenty-one years of top-tier firm experience, focused on building young high potential technology ventures.

ERNST & YOUNG (formerly Arthur Young), San Francisco, CA, 1980-1990, partner from 1982.
➢ National Director of Capital Resources. Directed the services of Capital Resource professionals in twelve offices around the country, 1989-1990.
➢ Bay Area Director of Capital Resources. Provided capital formation and investment banking advisory services to middle market and principally high technology ventures in the Bay Area, 1989-1990.
➢ Partner-in-Charge and Director of Entrepreneurial Services Group. Member, National Entrepreneurial Services Advisory Committee, 1980 -1989. Co-author of the firm’s National Strategic Plan on Entrepreneurial Services. Founder and Partner-in-Charge for the San Francisco Bay Area practice, 1980-1989.
➢ Audit Partner. Full responsibility for conducting examinations of financial statements of many public and privately held companies including annual reports, SEC filings, initial and secondary public offerings, evaluation of systems of internal control, valuations, mergers and acquisitions (1982-1990).

KPMG (formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.)1970-1979.
➢ Tax Manager specializing in services to emerging businesses (1977-1979).
➢ National Office, division of Professional Education (1975-77).
➢ Professional-in-Residence, North Carolina Central University (1974-75).
➢ Audit Department professional staff – Philadelphia (1970-1974).


Internet and Telecom: Adaptive Insights (Business Intelligence SaaS), (Small business Internet portal), Televoke (Mobile internet/GPS interface), Skyflow (Wireless Web Access), Feeva Wireless (Internet anonymous personalization), Xmobb (Internet virtual reality).

Instrumentation, Optics and MEMS: ElectrScan (Non-contact electrical measurement), IrisAO (Adaptive Optics), Nanomix (Nano-devices).

B2B, Enterprise, SaaS and Consumer Software: Autodesk (CAD), Fair Isaac Companies (Financial Services Decision Support – The FICO Score), Brøderbund (Entertainment, Education, and Productivity – Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego), Jupiter Systems (Multi-Panel Display Controllers), LeapFrog (Children’s Electronic Learning Aids – The Leap Pad NYSE:LF), Maxis (Entertainment – The Sims), Niantic Labs (Entertainment, Augmented Reality Game Platform – PokemonGO)

Health Care/Life Sciences: Gene Labs, Inc. (Therapeutics using Recombinant Techniques), Simborg Systems (Network Resident Integrated Hospital Management Information System), Salutar (Monoclonal Reagents for MRI Enhancement), American Shared Hospital Services (Shared Services Mobile MRI/CT), California Emergency Physicians (Health Care Services), MedAmerica (MSO) and MedAmerica OnCall (Telephone Triage, After Hours Care and Call Center Operations), CardioProfile (Cardiovascular disease diagnostic device) .

Electrical Utilities: Southern California Edison, Edison International, GPU, Potomac Electric, Philadelphia Electric, Virginia Electric, PJM Interconnection

Other Significant Industry Experience includes: Retailing, Electronics, Computers and Computer Peripherals, Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Construction, Building Products and Food Processing, Business Valuation.