Jean-Jacques Degroof holds a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently an independent venture investor and teacher of entrepreneurship in Brussels, Belgium. As part of his prior academic research career, Jean-Jacques Degroof presented a paper entitled “Academic Spin-Off Processes and Types of Ventures in Regions outside High Tech Clusters: the Case of Belgium” at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
The conference is an annual event that has taken place at Babson each year since 1981. The purpose of this event is to provide researchers with a platform through which to share their ideas about entrepreneurship with colleagues and other academics. Over 350 professionals attend the conference each year, and over 220 papers are presented. After the conference ends, the college archives the top 40 papers makes them available on the institution’s website.
Alongside the conference, the college holds a workshop for doctoral students in the field of entrepreneurship in order to allow established and future professionals the opportunity to openly communicate, network, and unite for future endeavors. The next conference will take place June 8-11, 2016, in Norway.