Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship
Jonathan focuses his efforts on facilitating and inspiring entrepreneurship and innovation in the students and faculty at the University of Michigan. As the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director, he strives to bring the entrepreneurial mindset to as many people as possible regardless of their eventual career path with the goal of creating a culture of relentless innovation within the Michigan community. In particular, Jonathan has been evolving U-M’s entrepreneurial education to include both transdisciplinary and trans-organizational experiences. This approach is informed by his desire to see Michigan’s technology innovators working on the grand opportunities of our time including: affordable and accessible healthcare, climate change, defense and security, and autonomous mobility. As a part of this work, he currently manages the nationally acclaimed NSF Innovation-Corps program (NSF I-Corps) in the Midwest region. Lastly, Jonathan is committed to increasing the diversity of future innovators. Many of the programs designed under Jonathan’s leadership at CFE have the explicit goal of providing on-ramps into entrepreneurial ecosystems for those that come from non-traditional innovation backgrounds.
Prior to U-M, Jonathan had senior operating roles in several medical device startups in Silicon Valley. The companies ranged from infant hearing screening, to asthma diagnostics, to hearing devices. Most recently, Jonathan was the COO/CTO of EarLens Corporation. In addition to his responsibilities as the operational head of the company, he raised capital from a variety of sources including SBIRs, angels, strategic partners, and VCs. Jonathan has over 20 patents and received his PhD in Biomechanics from Stanford.