A conversation with Andrew Maxwell, Director of Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) at the Lassonde School of Engineering, about how to build entrepreneurship and innovation capabilities within academia and how large organizations can leverage those capabilities in the business world.
Andrew is the Bergeron Chair In Technology Entrepreneurship and Director Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Waterloo in 2011, winning the Academy of Management’s Heizer Award for the top PhD in his field. He is also a journal editor for the Journal of Business Venturing. While at Waterloo, Andrew taught the capstone technology entrepreneurship class, helping numerous technology entrepreneurs get their start. Prior to this Andrew worked for three years in the technology transfer office of the University of Toronto (also teaching at Rotman and UTM). Andrew’s work experience includes founding four technology companies and working in two technology multinationals. He has an MBA from London Business School and a B.Sc. (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering, from Imperial College London.
In this episode, Andrew shares his career journey in innovation, why entrepreneurship and innovation in academia are so important and how companies can benefit from building long-term relationships with academia. Andrew's story is a fascinating example of how one can become an innovation linchpin that connects seemingly unrelated fields to produce outcomes that a greater than the sum of their parts.