Burton Lee

Consultant, & Director at Innovarium Ventures

Burton Lee is a technology venture finance, innovation, entrepreneurship and design industry professional with 15+ years entrepreneurship, senior management and technical leadership experience in seed-stage investment; venture-backed startups; major global technology corporations (GE, HP, Daimler); govt executive service; STI & economic development agencies (NSF, NIH, NASA, European Commission); & top research universities. Dr. Lee lectures on ‘European Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ in Stanford’s School of Engineering, based out of the ME Dept Design Group. He is a frequent public speaker in Europe, Latin America, Washington DC & Silicon Valley.

As Managing Director of Innovarium Ventures, Dr. Lee provides senior strategic, financial & technical leadership and advisory services to the global innovation sector, including hitech startups; private equity | VC investment funds and seed- & early-stage investors; technology & manufacturing corporations | MNCs; universities; S&T parks; accelerators & incubators; and regional & national govt STI agencies.

Dr. Lee’s expertise includes venture investment; regional innovation ecosystem | cluster assessment, roadmapping, strategy, design & new programs development; technology startup advisory roles & operations; innovation management, including ‘design thinking’, product design & development; technology commercialization; corporate development & strategy.

Relevant policy experience includes science, technology & innovation policy & programs for national/regional govts, Prime Ministers & Democratic presidential candidates