Mentor/Advisor at Chicago Entrepreneurial Eco system
Willem Bakker is an Innovation coach/mentor, experienced with start-ups, business turnarounds and growing enterprises. After a successful career as an engineer (five patents), entrepreneur (four start-ups) and CEO/CFO/CTO level leadership of technology based businesses (both publicly and privately held ownership), Willem had a second career in academia and not-for-profits focused on turning Intellectual Property into successful small manufacturing businesses and start-ups as well as coaching business owners on how to use technology to innovate.
His professional passion is transferring Intellectual Capital and -Property into the hands of Entrepreneurs and helping them with building successful companies/enterprises.
Willem's education is: ING, Netherlands, BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology, MBA, Rutgers University.
Presently he is retired and focuses on giving forward to Entrepreneurial students, -faculty and start-ups.
His core focus areas include:
- Risk management, Project Managemet
- Business Strategy, Strategy Development, Pivoting Strategies, IP strategy, Financing Project/Business Plans
- Product Design, Manufacturing
- B2B and B2G