Burton Lee

Burton Lee directs Stanford University's new European Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative in the School of Engineering. During 2009-10, he served as a member of Ireland's national Innovation Taskforce, appointed by Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Burton also serves as Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, a financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley with technology startup, investment fund and government clients in Europe, Latin America and the USA. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA in Finance (Cornell). Burton's professional history encompasses more than fifteen years of entrepreneurial and senior executive leadership and advisory experience in venture-backed startups; venture capital and private equity funds; angel investor networks; global technology corporations; federal S&T agencies; research universities, and national governments. He is a frequent conference speaker and media commentator on the US and European entrepreneurship, innovation policy, venture finance, university commercialization, innovation ecosystems and product design scenes.