The 2017 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference


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Babson College

An expert in entrepreneurship and innovation management, Jean-Jacques Degroof has taught at multiple European business schools. In addition, Jean-Jacques Degroof has contributed to a number of academic gatherings, including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), where he presented a paper in 2003.

Established by Babson College in 1981, BCERC has evolved into the world’s premier conference for papers on entrepreneurship research, attracting more than 350 scholars who hear more than 220 papers. Held each year in conjunction with an entrepreneurial studies doctoral consortium, this event unites entrepreneurial scholars with successful business leaders.

The 2017 BCERC took place from June 7-10 at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Michael F. Price College of Business and OU Innovation Hub. Sessions covered subjects ranging from the effect of corruption on international entrepreneurs to strategies for managing work-life balance for entrepreneurs. OU business professors Lowell Busenitz, Will Drover, and Jeremy Short delivered the conference’s final remarks.

Why Find a Business Mentor?


Jean-Jacques Degroof

Jean-Jacques Degroof earned a master of science in management and a PhD from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In recent years, Jean-Jacques Degroof has focused on mentoring young technology entrepreneurs to help them refine and improve their business projects.

According to research from the website MicroMentor, businesses that receive mentoring during the pre-launch stage succeed at a 13 percent higher rate than the average new business. Mentors can increase manager accountability by providing third-party neutrality, as well as offering valuable networking opportunities to help young professionals advance their careers. A business mentor can give valuable feedback in areas such as employee morale and company culture, while offering encouragement when business owners face setbacks. Business mentors can also advise on specific tasks, such as bookkeeping and payroll. Overall, a business mentorship can be a mutually beneficial connection that improves the skills and strategies of both mentor and mentee.

Speakers at the 10th Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit


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Charite Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

A former Sloan Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Jean-Jacques Degroof teaches entrepreneurship at several business schools in Europe. Jean-Jacques Degroof is also a former member of the advisory board of the Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit.

The 10th Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit took place on May 8 and 9 in Berlin. The event brought together more than 415 medical entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, and investors. This year’s event also featured over 65 speakers, including, Siegfried Bialojan, head of the Ernst & Young Life Science Center in Mannheim, Germany, and Emmanuelle Marie Charpentier, director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology.

The 2017 summit included a special emphasis on Israel and showcased Israeli medical and life science start-ups. Attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to hear from prominent speakers from Israel, including Anya Elda, vice president of the Start-Up Division at the Israel Innovation Authority, and Doron Abrahami, the Minister for Commercial Affairs and Head of the Economic and Trade Mission in the Israeli Embassy in Berlin. Finally, the summit’s LifeSciences VentureMarket featured talented entrepreneurs from Israel, Germany, Denmark, and the United States.

Jean-Jacques Degroof

Jean-Jacques DegroofJean 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.

Supporting Innovation – The William Barton Rogers Society

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William Barton Rogers Society

An experienced venture investor and teacher, Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof graduated with a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof continues to support his alma mater and is a member of the William Barton Rogers Society (WBRS).

Named for the founder and first president of MIT, WBRS is dedicated to encouraging opportunities through the spirit of the institute’s philanthropic leaders. WBRS supports not only gatherings and speaking events throughout the year across the country but also research, scholarships, and a number of other MIT programs.

Programs funded by the William Barton Rogers Society include the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center. Half campus research center and half hands-on laboratory, the Center combines the efforts of MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff with those of faculty, students, and researchers of the MIT School of Engineering to create scalable, innovative engineering solutions to today’s real world problems. WBRS also helps fund the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, which was established in 2002. Committed to translating academic research into new companies and products for people around the world, it has impacted markets ranging from health care to energy.

Jean-Jacques Degroof – MIT IDE 2015 – theCUBE

“I came out of this conference with tons of ideas in my head, of course, but one of them is about the implication of this new digital economy on education and how we need to teach our children.”

“The way we educate children hasn’t changed much in the last 200 years, and is no longer well adapted to this new economy. Our model of education was built when we needed to produce clerks and workers in the food factories, so basically people who repeated mechanically day after day what they were told to do. Nowadays, we need another profile of workers that have more initiative [and] creativity, but the educational methods and models have not much changed. So I think young people are indeed bored at school. So that could be one explanation, but just one small part of the story.”

The 2016 Charite Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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Charite Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

A longtime financial professional with considerable experience in entrepreneurship and innovation management, Jean-Jacques Degroof is a self-employed venture investor and teacher based in Brussels, Belgium. Between 2012 and 2014, Jean-Jacques Degroof served on the advisory board of the Charite Entrepreneurship Summit.

One of the most prominent health care conferences in Europe, the Charite Entrepreneurship Summit brings together physicians, scientists, innovators, business leaders, and policymakers from across the world. The 2016 event will take place from May 26 to May 27 in the German capital of Berlin. At the summit, global health care leaders will have an opportunity to discuss current trends in health care and forge strategic partnerships with like-minded colleagues. The 2016 Charite Entrepreneurship Summit will include explorations of several prominent health care issues, ranging from genome editing and the science of aging to value-based medicine and women’s health.

Registration for the 2016 Charite Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin opens in January. To learn more about the event, visit the official website at

Defining Corporate Social Responsibility

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Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Jean-Jacques Degroof has many years of experience as an educator, having taught business subjects such as the management of innovation and the sociology of organizations. In addition, Jean-Jacques Degroof served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

M-RCBG hosts several professional programs designed to advance students in different business initiatives, including corporate social responsibility. Frequently referred to as “CSR,” corporate social responsibility represents the efforts on part of a corporation to measure, document, and endeavor to improve the environmental and social effects of company operations.

As the cultural climate of the world becomes more eco-friendly and people place a higher value on sustainability, businesses that want to market to modern consumers are turning to corporate social responsibility to earn a loyal customer base. Companies that employ CSR often increase their likelihood of earning patronage for their products and services. Common types of corporate social responsibility include environmental stewardship, ethical labor practices, and philanthropic giving.

The Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

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.

Innovacs Highlights Presentation on Tools of Entrepreneurship

Over the course of his career, Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof has conducted research and authored publications on economic development, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof has worked with organizations around the world, such as Innovacs, which unites businesses, universities, and government bodies across France’s Grenoble region to foster local innovation.

Innovacs highlights various projects and presentations on innovation in Grenoble, including a 2015 seminar titled Addressing the Complex and Uncertain: Theory, Posture, and Tools of Entrepreneurship. During the presentation, experts in innovation and entrepreneurship Drs. Dominique Vian and Philippe Silberzahn discussed recent research on the effectuation of entrepreneurial reasoning and the learnable methods successful entrepreneurs utilize to address uncertain and complex situations.

The presentation focused on two tools, one of which is called ISMA360, a method created by Dr. Vian, who is an associate professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at SKEMA Business School. ISMA360 emphasizes the role of entrepreneurial logic in strategy and the transformation of an invention. Dr. Vian and Dr. Silberzahn, an associate researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique and a professor at EMLYON Business School, also explored FOCAL, a tool used to visualize the complex and generate non-intuitive solutions for economic or social issues.