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Navigating the unknown requires curiosity and empathy. Historically, the New Enterprise Factory thrives when we need to move from ambiguity to strategy to action. Our questions help our clients uncover the needs and aspirations of those they serve.
We search for clients who know what they don't know and need a partner to help them make smarter and evidence based decisions. Innovators need to be coachable, yet strong in their convictions - visionary, but ready to pivot when the evidence proves them wrong - and resourceful when they realize that the ecosystem they lead needs to be reimagined with better support, connections, and collaborations.
Successful innovators surround themselves with those who inspire, support, and ask the hard questions. We have worked in places like Kuwait, Egypt, Macedonia and throughout the US to build learning experiences, mentorship initiatives, assessments and ecosystem building efforts. We adapt quickly and admit when our assumptions are not confirmed.
We help organizations and regions be the innovative future that builds on their unique assets and regional culture.
We support early stage entrepreneurs, companies looking for change, regions or countries seeking an expanding economy driven by innovation.
We begin working with clients with lots of thought provoking questions to see what assets exist, what visions are on their minds and what gaps need to be filled.
All of our work is designed to solve known challenges or visions that are ground breaking and results oriented.
As President and Chief Imagination Officer of the New Enterprise Factory, Stephen brings together a long career as an innovative, strategic and entrepreneurial leader, coach, and educator. He is particularly savvy working with individuals and organizations to help them imagine their future, and creating a blueprint that gets them there. His background as an academic administrator, organizational leader, and consultant, brings together a broad range of experience in a wide array of industries. He thrives at creating user centered - customer-focused entrepreneurial initiatives. He also has a history of success in designing and delivering relevant learning experiences where participants are immersed in interactive, learner-driven programs.
Stephen is presently focused on building entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the world. He possesses a deep and innate sense of curiosity that leads to adapting quickly to across sectors, industries, regions and varying organizational structures.
The New Enterprise Factory brings together his academic journey with a BA in Multi-media Design and Production from Ohio State, a masters in Interactive Technology in Education from Harvard, and a doctorate in management from Case Western where he conducted his research on inspired innovators to be who they have become. You can learn more about this by viewing his TEDX talk - https://youtu.be/fB1a7-Z7lAM
We use Design Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, Lean Startup and other innovation tools that uncover unique opportunities for new products, services, business models and organizational strategies.
We cultivate strong networks and partnerships with and for our clients that lead to opportunities and market exposure.
We reframe complex and ambiguous scientific and business concepts into accessible and understandable learning experiences and business strategies.
Working with local partners, Stephen analyzed the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Macedonia. We revised their curriculum to inspire under and unemployed youth as they explored becoming entrepreneurs. This continues as we work with Startup Macedonia to build a global mentor network fueling their growing ecosystem.
We excel in developing and leading learning experiences about innovation and entrepreneurship for students, early-stage entrepreneurs, business professionals, corporate executives, and professors. We have worked in places like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and with organizations like MIT, USAID, UMass Amherst, Babson College, Olin College of Engineering, and corporations around the US.
We built partnerships that led 100’s of veterans with physical disabilities to participate in U.S. Paralympic sport clubs moving them from wheelchairs to skiing, rowing and other sport activities.
Working with the National Center for Accessibility at WGBH we helped envision new business approaches to help them reach people with hearing and sight challenges to use technology to navigate the world of consuming media.
Produced creativity and innovation conference yielding 400+ professionals from 20+ countries from four industry targets.
Consulted as Educational Advisor for Jim Henson’s 52-episode TV production, the Doozers (from Fraggle Rock), which is about invention and creative problem solving, designed to inspire creative thinking in preschool children.
Created exhibit and educational experiences for new public Ford branding and technology corporate museum – designed exhibits and experiences and worked as representative with exhibit vendors.
At UMass Amherst, led student facing and cross-disciplinary programs and competitions across campus to elevate student and alumni entrepreneurial ventures.
Developed and co-led the summer entrepreneurship accelerators at Umass Amherst and Babson College .
Opening President - National Inventors Hall of Fame
Vice President - Liberty Science Center
Director of Outreach - Boston Museum of Science
Professor and Program Adminstrator
UMass, Babson, BayPath and Olin