Breakfast with Professor Uzi De Haan

Date: 4 December 2015

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, together with Mr Ron Lazarovits, President of the Technion Society of Victoria, had the pleasure of having Professor Uzi De Haan of Technion University deliver on the topic Developing an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: The evolving role of universities in innovation and tech ecosystems; the cases of Technion in Israel and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in NYC.

Professor Uzi de Haan is founder of the Bronica Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at the Technion and director of the Runway Startup Postdoc Program at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in NYC.

Professor de Haan conducts research on technology transfer and emerging ventures, established a minor track in Entrepreneurship at the Technion and was involved as advisor/mentor in numerous student initiated startups. In February 2014 he launched the Runway Program. This program enables postdoctoral students to work on the application and commercialization of their research through a startup and an innovative IP model.

Professor de Haan holds a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Delft and a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion. Following postdoctoral work at UCLA, he joined Philips Electronics, where he served in a number of business development and general management positions in various countries. His founded Philips in Israel, growing it to a $350 million company. He also served on the boards of several startup companies.

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