Serial Entrepreneur – Mentor | Public Speaker – Professor | Angel Investor
Mike Grandinetti has been continuously active in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship since earning his engineering degree. He went on to earn his MBA degree with distinction at Yale. He began his career in Silicon Valley and has spent his entire career as a practitioner in the world’s leading innovation clusters of Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and Tel Aviv. He is a successful serial VC-backed C-level tech entrepreneur, award-winning professor, innovation consultant, angel investor, board member, hackathon leader, keynote speaker, and startup mentor.
Mike’s been a Professor of Innovation for 20+ years. He was named Financial Times global Professor of the Week and won multiple Professor of the Year and Global Teaching Excellence Awards. He also won a global award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for being a part of a small team that designed the world’s most innovative MBA curriculum. He holds numerous faculty appointments, including Faculty Chair of Rutgers “Leading Disruptive Innovation” Executive Education program, co-leader of the triple-accredited Hult International Business School Masters in global Disruptive Innovation degree program, and is a Senior Instructor in the MITEF Smart Start Founders Program. He held faculty appointments as Sr. Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for over 10 years. At MIT, he taught in both the MBA and Executive Education programs. He led workshops and mentoring programs for embers of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program. He helped create the highly successful 9-month DTU Corporate Venturing Certificate program. He also is a member of the annual MIT CIO Symposium organizing team.
He previously served on the Board of the Rutgers College of Engineering and currently serves on the board of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Tower. He was presented with the Rutgers College of Engineering Career Achievement Award.
As an innovation consultant, Mike has worked with corporate clients including Accenture, AT&T, Dell, Ferrari, Intuit, Maersk, naviHealth, Novo Nordisk, Nestle, Pirelli, SAB Miller, and United Technology Corporation. He was a McKinsey consultant early in his career.
During his 25 year career as a tech entrepreneur, Mike has helped take two companies through NASDAQ IPO’s, and helped raise over $1 Billion USD in growth capital. His startups have been successfully acquired by companies including AT&T, IBM Oracle, and Symantec. He remains very active (and therefore hyper-current -on disruptive technologies and business models) in this global startup ecosystem. A dedicated human-centric design practitioner and teacher, he founded and then led OpenIDEO’s pioneering Boston chapter for several years. He’s also organized and facilitated over 100 hackathons globally, including many for corporate clients.