Redefining Innovation

Bringing Entrepreneurship

to Global Organizations

Established in 2009, the Applied Innovation Institute is a Silicon Valley-based non-profit think tank dedicated to the creation and continuous development of innovation as it should be applied to real world issues.

Our History

2009

The Applied Innovation Institute was originally founded as the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) in 2009. ​

The concept started as a Mobile Innovation & Entrepreneurship class, taught by Ken Singer at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2008 in which students competed in the same way that companies compete for investment dollars.

After two successful years of “beta testing” the program, BMIC was formed by Ken Singer, Paul Nerger, and Bill Washburn to take the concepts of the competitive nature of the course and turn it into a global competition between universities worldwide.

2012

The name was changed in the fall of 2012 to The Applied Innovation Institute (AII) to reflect the need to extend the idea of learning entrepreneurship through competition beyond the field of mobile and to create an academic side of the organization that would assist faculty around the globe in the field of entrepreneurship. ​

The Institute began to advance a broad range of application areas by connecting student, faculty, and industry leaders.

2016

In the Spring of 2016, the Board of Directors determined that the Applied Innovation Institute should be split into two distinct entities.​

The Applied Innovation Institute continues as a think tank leveraging global faculty for issues relating to innovation, and continues in its charter for public service. ​

The second entity derived from the original Aii has been re-branded as Applied Innovation Foundation and continues to focus on “expanding the global capacity for innovation.”

Our Board

PARIS DE L’ETRAZ

Chairman of the Board

Professor of Entrepreneurship, IE Business School; Managing Director, Venture Lab, IE Business School

IKHLAQ SIDHU

Member of the Board

Member of the Board; Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET); IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, UC Berkeley

JAMES TAN

Member of the Board

Managing Partner, Quest Ventures; Board of Directors, Action Community for Entrepreneurship; Co-founder, 55tuan (NASDAQ)

Our Faculty

The Institute is a home for the most entrepreneurial of faculty around the world. The faculty of the Institute can directly advise and contribute to current, real-life innovation and operations problems.

BILL AULET

Faculty Member

Managing Director, The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship & Senior Lecturer, MIT

BRENT SMITH

Faculty Member

Senior Associate Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University

C. JEFFREY CHAR

Faculty Member

Entrepreneurship Program Adjunct Professor, IE Business School; Founder & CEO, J-Seed Ventures, Inc.

DANIEL CORSTEN

Faculty Member

Professor, IE Business School; Visiting Associate Professor, London Business School; President, ECR Research Foundation

ELAINE CHEN

Faculty Member

MIT Sloan School of Management, Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring

IKHLAQ SIDHU

Faculty Member

Chief Scientist and Founding Director, SCET; Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, UC Berkeley

JOHANNES FLECKER

Faculty Member

Berklee ICE Startup Incubator Program, Berklee College of Music; Founder & CEO, Sound Leadership

MARIO ALONSO PUIG

Faculty Member

Medical Doctor and Fellow in Surgery, Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University

MARK FRITZ

Faculty Member

Professor of Virtual Communication, IE Business School; Founder, Procedor Limited

MATTHIAS YAO

Faculty Member

Director of Agmonton Pte Ltd; Board Member, Housing and Development Board Singapore; Lead Independent Director, iFAST Corporation Ltd

MIKE LYONS

Faculty Member

Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University; Executive Chairman, CypherPath

PANOS PANAY

Faculty Member

Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship; Founder, Sonicbids

PARIS DE L’ETRAZ

Faculty Member

Professor of Entrepreneurship, IE Business School; Managing Director, Venture Lab, IE Business School

PEDRAM MOKRIAN

Faculty Member

Visiting Instructor, Stanford University; Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

PETER MATHIAS

Faculty Member

President and CEO, Financial and Professional Services, Mathias and Co. Services; Ph.D. , Harvard

ROY RICHARDS

Faculty Member

Chief Executive; Southwire Company; Corporate Governance and Board Management; IE

SERGIO KAPUSTA

Faculty Member

Chief Technology officer of Technel, Inc. Formerly, Manager of Physics & Materials Research; Shell International E&P, Inc.; Rice University

SIDNEY TAM

Faculty Member

Hong Kong University SPACE College Institute of China Business; Assistant Professor in Innovation Risk Management and Entrepreneurship; Hubei RaySolution Medical Digital Imaging Technologies Limited; CEO; Hong Kong Nasopharyngeal Foundation Funds; Honorary Secretary; Responsible for fund raising and donation programs

WON JOON KIM

Faculty Member

Associate Professor, KAIST; President, Asia Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association (AIEA)

ZORAN PERUNOVIC

Faculty Member

Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark; Founder & CEO, ZP Consulting