A professor of entrepreneurship at various European business schools, Jean-Jacques Degroof enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs in the technology sector. Jean-Jacques Degroof is also a former teaching assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and has remained affiliated with the MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) for many years.
Founded in 1992, IPC addresses and researches key questions facing firms, industries or regions related to building greater innovation capacity that can lead to benefits for all members of society. It regularly convenes key actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss those topics and their implications for the global economy.
IPC was created as part of the network of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Study Centers to further the research carried out by the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity. This commission produced a widely distributed report titled Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (MIT Press, 1989), which laid out a blueprint for improving productivity in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Since its inception, the IPC has worked on a number of projects, including Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System (2011) and Production in the Innovation Economy (2013).
Independent business venture investor Jean-Jacques Degroof teaches courses on entrepreneurship and innovation management at various European business schools. Jean-Jacques Degroof trained at the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds memberships with its Dean’s Circle as one of the school’s alumnus contributors.
The Dean’s Circle provides recognition to MIT Sloan alumni and friends for charitable contributions to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund made during any fiscal year. A flexible source of funding for many of the school’s foundational programs, the Annual Fund supports initiatives that focus on education, research, innovation, and programs such as student fellowships and Action Learning Labs. Members of the Dean’s Circle consist of alumni donors with a dedication to shaping the future, fostering innovation, and improving opportunities for MIT Sloan faculty and students.
In order to become a member of the Dean’s Circle, donors must contribute at least $2,500 to the Annual Fund each year. Members will receive a variety of benefits depending on the size of their gift, including access to MIT community events and exposure to research and through leadership. Additional benefits may range from invitations to speaker series to admittance to faculty and Dean’s Circle exclusive receptions.
A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management, Jean-Jacques Degroof earned a MS and a PhD in management. Jean-Jacques Degroof formerly served as a researcher at MIT and as a fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Business and Government, now called the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government dates back to the late 1970s and is the brainchild of former Harvard President Derek Bok, former Kennedy School Dean Graham Allison, alumnus Frank Weil, and former Lamont University Professor John Dunlop. The center exists to further knowledge and policy analysis in relation to challenges at the intersection of the public and private sectors.
The center attracts leaders from both sectors and leverages the rigorous scholarship at both the Kennedy School and Harvard University in general to facilitate dialogue, conduct research, and develop policy-relevant, intellectually sound solutions to problems at both the local to global levels.
An experienced investor and entrepreneur, Jean-Jacques Degroof teaches entrepreneurship at several business schools in Europe. Jean-Jacques Degroof earned a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, where he serves as a mentor.
The MIT Sloan Student-Alumni Mentoring Program fosters relationships between MIT Sloan students and alumni from a diverse array of industries. The program’s unique matching system streamlines the mentor search process by using participants’ career interests, areas of study, and common interests to assist students in finding compatible mentors who can help them reach their goals.
In addition to helping students develop valuable relationships with industry leaders, the MIT Sloan Student-Alumni Mentoring Program helps alumni stay connected to their alma mater. By participating in the program, mentors help students become strong leaders and encourage them to give back to future MIT Sloan students.
An experienced global entrepreneur, Jean-Jacques Degroof helps develop young technology teams and teaches at a number of European business schools. A few of his past academic positions include teaching assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management, visiting professor at Audencia Business School in France, and lecturer at ESCP Europe. Jean-Jacques Degroof also engages with professional and nonprofit organizations, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a philanthropic organization that not only assists communities with meeting their basic needs, but also helps impart knowledge to local leaders which can be used to benefit future generations. With a membership of approximately 16,800, EWB-USA is able to provide support in areas of water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, and much more.
Engineers Without Borders connects a developing community that has a specific infrastructure need to engineers who can partner with the community to design a sustainable solution. At the same time, the volunteers and community members learn valuable leadership skills by finding solutions to complex challenges and achieving shared goals. There’s no “one size fits all” solution for a community’s water, sanitation and other basic needs. A water supply solution for one community in Kenya may look drastically different than a water supply solution for another community in Latin America or even only a few kilometers away. The engineering solutions must incorporate the geographic, cultural and political fabric of each community to make sure the project is built to last.
More information can be found at http://edgerton.mit.edu/clubs-teams/engineers-without-borders-0
Jean-Jacques Degroof is a venture investor who teaches entrepreneurship and other subjects at a number of business schools throughout Europe. Beyond his work, Jean-Jacques Degroof also supports initiatives such as MIT linQ that contribute to the common good at the intersection of science, technology, and entrepreneurship.
MIT linQ is a new collaborative initiative at MIT focused on increasing the potential of innovative medical research to benefit society and the economy. It comprises a portfolio of programs. Catalyst extends hands-on research and development, complemented by advanced technical and innovation training. Converter bridges the gap between proven technology and readiness for new business startup or more regular commercialization by established companies or non-profits. CIMIT's Accelerator provides innovators with expertise in intellectual property protection, patents and licensing, technology implementation, regulatory issues, fundraising, commercialization, etc.
Members of MIT linQ come from all communities of the healthcare innovation ecosystem, from university research, to healthcare, to entrepreneurs, industry, and the public sector. It also includes people at all professional levels, from student to senior leaders.
Currently working as a Venture Investor and professor, Jean-Jacques Degroof served on the advisory board of the Charité Entrepreneurship Summit in 2013 and 2014. A prestigious event held annually in Berlin, the Summit seeks to push the boundaries of the global healthcare industry. It is the leading forum about entrepreneurship, science and the intersection of the two. Professionals like Jean-Jacques Degroof attend the Summit to build relationships with experts and discuss to help grow businesses in the industry.
The 2017 conference will take place in Berlin on May 8-9. With 400 attendees consisting of entrepreneurs and leaders in the healthcare industry, the summit addresses numerous business and research concerns. Some of the topics for 2017 include digital health, chronic-disease management as it pertains to diabetes, Alzheimer’s and similar ailments, value-based healthcare, and social entrepreneurship. In addition to panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and breakout sessions.
An experienced investor and teacher, Jean-Jacques Degroof holds both a master of science and a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Jean-Jacques Degroof is a member of MIT’s William Barton Rogers Society.
The William Barton Rogers Society is named after the founder and first president of MIT, a scientist who garnered support from a wide range of benefactors to develop MIT into “a society of arts, a museum of arts, and a school of industrial science.” The William Barton Rogers Society recognizes a core group of significant donors to MIT. Thanks to the generous support of these benefactors, MIT continues to be a leader in innovation and education. In fiscal 2016 over 6,000 alumni, students, parents, and friends contributed to the institute with gifts at the leadership level.
The William Barton Rogers Society recognizes donations at multiple levels, from student donations of $100 to Visionary-level contributions of $50,000 or more. To learn more about the society, visit AnnualFund.mit.edu/wbrs/.
Jean Jacques Degroof holds an M. S. and a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research has focused on entrepreneurship as a source of technology innovation. He has specifically investigated processes of spinning off new ventures from academic institutions. He is particularly interested in this phenomenon in regions located outside established high tech clusters.
A venture investor and teacher who divides his time between Massachusetts and Belgium, Jean-Jacques Degroof has experience in a variety of research and investing organizations. As part of his research, Jean-Jacques Degroof has presented at a number of conferences, including two appearances at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC).
One of the world’s top conferences of its type, the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference was first held in 1981. Presented by its namesake institution, the BCERC provides a place for entrepreneurial scholars to come together and demonstrate the connection between real-world practice and academic study, as well as attend presentations of hundreds of papers.
The conference is held every spring and past locations have included the London Business School, the University of Strathclyde, and Syracuse University, among others.
Part of each conference is dedicated to the BCERC’s best paper awards, which cover a wide range of different topics in the field. For instance, the longest-running award in the conference’s history, the National Federation of Independent Business Award, focuses on the most innovative entrepreneurial research performed each year. Other awards are given based on work in ethics, public policy, and social impact.