September 8 – London, Silicon Valley & Hong Kong – ‘Virtual Silicon Valley’ platform creator Grow VC has nominated a new member to the Advisory Board, Dr. Burton Lee, Lecturer in the Stanford University School of Engineering. The online venture community and micro funding network has grown to over 10,000 entrepreneurs, investors and experts from 200 different countries.
“Burton is determined to help Grow VC establish a leadership position in the global startup funding space and in related communities. He can especially help us in collaborating with many Silicon Valley and European startup programs”, states Grow VC Chairman and Co-founder Jouko Ahvenainen. Dr. Lee has exceptional experience in working with venture finance, entrepreneurship education and innovation programs around the world including in Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Japan, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana. “Burton is recognized around the world as an expert in building scalable startup companies, and in developing entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems; I would say he represents a bridge between many countries’ startup programs and Silicon Valley” Ahvenainen continues.
Dr. Burton Lee PhD MBA, is a technology venture finance and innovation strategy professional with over 15-years senior management, entrepreneurship, angel investor and technical leadership experience in seed-stage investments. He has also worked with venture-backed startups; major global technology corporations (GE, HP, DaimlerChrysler); Prime Ministers and US presidential campaigns; science, technology, innovation and economic development agencies (NSF, NIH, European Commission, NASA) and leading research universities.
Dr Lee’s management and entrepreneurship expertise includes a diverse track record in new venture investment, technology startup mentoring and operations, and innovation process management, including technology commercialization, corporate development, strategy and strategic alliances, federal and commercial business development and national science, technology and innovation policy. His areas of technical expertise include software (Web 2.0, Internet, mobile, cloud computing, Big Data, enterprise software), cleantech, bluetech (water-related innovation), nanotechnology, aerospace, transportation systems, and medical devices.
Following his nomination, Dr. Lee offered the following comments: “I am honored and delighted to receive this invitation to join the GrowVC executive team. Crowdfunding platforms, business models and communities are poised to make major breakthroughs in creating new paradigms – and improved access to risk capital – for pre-seed and seed stage startup investment in the next few years. I look forward to working closely with Jouko and Valto, and the rest of our executive, operations and legal team, to position GrowVC as a clear leader in this emerging segment of the global venture finance marketplace.”
Grow VC will announce another high profile advisor in the near future and also publish other significant achievements.
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