Jerome Schaufeld

Mr. Schaufeld's wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, operations and general management of technology-based companies ranges from his current role as Professor of Entrepreneurship at WPI to an assignment as a commercialization consultant at Children's Hospital in Boston. He served as Director of the RI Slater Fund, past President and CEO of Mass Ventures and has a "hands on" track record in several early stage companies that ranges from functional to board level advisory roles.

He is a member of the Launch Pad Angel Group in Wellesley and Co-founder of the Cherrystone Angels in Rhode Island. In addition, Mr. Schaufeld is an advisor to the newly formed Boynton Angel group in Central Massachusetts, a charter member of the national Angel Capital Association (ACA), and a founder/ participant in the regional NE Angels ACA group.

He was co-founder of a venture capital funded, technology based company called Phoenix Controls Corporation. The company pioneered an approach to the control of air flow in critical laboratory and hospital environments and was successfully sold to a Fortune 500 company. He worked in a variety of functional executive roles at Arthur D. Little, Disc Technology Corporation, Ferrofluidics Corporation, and Waters Associates. They included international sales and marketing, finance, engineering, manufacturing and operations. In addition, he executed two significant turnaround projects as senior executive.

Mr. Schaufeld was a founder and the first Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum which is a resource group for early stage companies with global outreach. He also founded the Incus Group which is a CEO level business acquisition and resource organization.

He served on the Board of the Bay State Medical Physicians organization in Springfield, MA, the Board of the MetroWest Hospital and its emergency physicians group, a series of technology based manufacturing company Boards, as well as the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Corporate Directors Group and the Board of Navigator Technology Ventures which is a Cambridge based venture capital/ commercialization firm.

With a graduate engineering degree, research experience at MIT, an MBA and professional engineer's license (MA); Jerry has a distinguished technical and operations savvy managerial career. His specific interest is in the area of the formation and success of innovative, technology based enterprises. This interest began while he was a Special Student at the MIT Sloan School where his studies focused on the areas of the Management of R&D, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. His current research is in the area of improving the probability of success in early stage ventures.




Growth Management


jjs [at] wpi [dot] edu

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Entrepreneurship / Innovation and International Entrepreneurship
Innovation Management & Organizational Behaviour
Strategy and Management
Venture Financing, Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation
Entrepreneurship Marketing
Visionary and Entrepreneurial Thinking
Technology Entrepreneurship
Human resources: Learning, Cooperation, Creativity
Intellectual Property
Ventures in Action
Entrepreneurial Finance
Innovation Factory & Innovation Process
Growth Management
Strategic Management
Organizational Behavior, Human Resources & Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Sales and Business Development
Idea Generation & Business Design
FINTECH Circle Innovate - Digital Ecosystem Director
Entrepreneurship, Ventures in Action, Prerequisite Course