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Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Key Factors for Success

**NOTE: Rather than our scheduled meeting day on 4/13, I think you'll find this to be a great opportunity to learn more about the tech startup process from a global leader in that area.**


Spreenkler Welcomes Uzi de Haan, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management 

at TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technology 


Special Spreenkler Meetup Presentation by Professor Uzi de Haan: Economic Growth through Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Key Factors for Success: The Israel High-tech Experience

The success of the high-tech sector in Israel is an interesting success story for economic growth based on innovation and entrepreneurship. Israel is comparable in size to either Silicon Valley or to the greater Boston area.  

Since the 1990s, growth of Israel’s GDP has been driven by the high-tech sector. Though the total dollar amount spent on R&D nationally in Israel is low in absolute terms, R&D makes up 4.8% of Israel’s total GDP – the highest per capita figure in the world.

Israel is second to only the Silicon Valley area in terms of venture capital start-up investment. Despite the similar track record in high-tech growth, Israel also differs from the many important respects.

Professor de Haan is an industry veteran having broad experience with innovation and management practices. His main interest is in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. During his visit, Prof. de Haan will be a featured speaker and at venues on campus and beyond on the entrepreneurship process and in particular how discovery, opportunity recognition and evaluation are key for efficient technology transfer from research universities to industry. 

Uzi de Haan's Biography

Professor de Haan is a Professor at Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion Institute of Technology. He joined Technion in 2003 where he also serves as a Director at the Technion Entrepreneurship Center. He also serves as a Member of the Technion Patent Committee, the Advisory Council of the Neaman Institute and the Advisory Board at Israel Angels Management Ltd. 

Prior to Technion, he served at Philips Electronics, in the Netherlands, in a number roles including a Director of a plant for Telecom cables, a Business Development Manager in Japan, a Purchasing Director of Consumer Electronics, CEO of the Telecommunication Division, and lastly as the CEO of Philips in Israel. In this capacity he built a $350 million company and research and development organization through acquisitions, venture investments, and organic growth.

His first degree at the University of Delft, Holland, was in Aeronautical Engineering. Prof. de Haan’s M.Sc. and D.Sc. at the Technion were in Industrial Engineering and Behavioral Sciences in area of Socio-Technical Systems, Job Design, and Quality of Working Life. He did his post doctorate at UCLA.

A special thank you to Allen Dines from the UW Madison Office of Corporate Relations and to the UW Madison International Institute for partnering with Spreenkler Talent Labs to allow for Professor de Haan's visit to Milwaukee!

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  • Steve G.

    Hey everyone,
    The Art Lecture Hall is a small building set back behind Mitchell Hall, which is a large brown building that faces Kenwood on the North side of the street. Steve

    April 15, 2011

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