WHAT GERMANY GETS RIGHT - AND WRONG – about ‘Digitale Wirtschaft’: Lessons from visits to German Mittelstand companies and universities
Dr. Burton Lee PhD MBA – Lecturer, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Stanford University Managing Director, Innovarium Ventures [ www.StanfordEuropreneurs.org | @BurtonLee ]
Based in Silicon Valley, Dr. Burton Lee wears numerous hats that span academia, industry, government, technology, design and policy. As a member of the Stanford Engineering faculty, he lectures on European Entrepreneurship and Innovation, supported by more than a dozen European government partners over the past eight years. Lee is today considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading experts on the European innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, with extensive experience advising European corporations, family-owned enterprises, industry associations, universities, regional and national governments, investment funds, accelerators, think tanks and techparks.
Dr. Lee concurrently serves as Managing Director of Innovarium Ventures, a senior advisory services firm specializing in the assessment, creation and execution of innovation, entrepreneurship, research and product design programs for enterprises, engineering and business schools, industry clusters and national and regional governments. Recent clients include the Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (DIHK), HELLA GmbH (Germany), Science Foundation Ireland, Lyse Energy AS (Norway), UniCredit Bank (Vienna), the European Commission (Horizon2020, DG CONNECT, DG GROWTH), Sofia Tech Park, the Gdansk Metropolitan Authority, as well as the NSF, NIH and NASA. In 2010, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen appointed Dr. Lee to his Innovation Taskforce which authored Ireland’s new national innovation strategy. From October 2015, Dr. Lee was appointed a member of the Innovation and Startups Advisory Council of the Ministry of Economy, Government of Slovakia (Bratislava). As of April 2016, he is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach (Vienna).
A frequent public speaker across Europe at industry and academic conferences, Burton’s private sector experience includes management and research positions at Daimler, Hewlett Packard (HP) and General Electric. Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (Stanford), an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship (Cornell), and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Physics (Brown).