Keynote Speech by Mr. Andre Marquis | Building Scalable Start-ups | ISBA Conference 2016
Finding Billion-Dollar Startups: Michael Baum and Andre Marquis in Conversation


Haas School of Business
Executive Director, Innovation Acceleration Group

Andre Marquis is the Executive Director of the Innovation Acceleration Group at the University of California Berkeley. He and his team have built a scalable, global infrastructure to deliver leading-edge, hands-on training to hundreds of startups and thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators plus their Faculty and mentors. Though world-class programs including the reality TV show America's Greatest Makers, the Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps, Innovate for Digital India, Intel's $1.3m Make It Wearable Challenge, the Berkeley LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, Global Social Venture Competition and other programs delivered in dozens of countries, his team has redefined how to teach the process of evidence-based entrepreneurship and corporate innovation while creating funded, scalable enterprises and driving deep culture change simultaneously.

Mr. Marquis has a long record of successful startups with a particular focus on winning in markets where scalability is critical. Two web companies Mr. Marquis helped start became publicly traded and a third was acquired by Amazon for over $190 million. The Chorus Group at Eli Lilly which he co-founded is a significant corporate lean business model innovation that dramatically speed up and lowered the cost of drug development and his most recent company, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, just raised $54m in venture capital.

Andre Marquis serves as Faculty Director for the following Custom Programs:

  • Intel America's Greatest Makers Program
  • HP Lean Launchpad


  • MBA, Haas School of Business
  • BA, Cognitive Science, University of Rochester

Positions Held

  • At Haas since 2010
  • 2017 – present, Executive Director, Innovation Acceleration Group
  • 2010 – 2017, Executive Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business
  • 2009, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Innerscope Research, LLC
  • 2006 – 2009, CEO, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • 2006 – 2007, CMO, Log Savvy
  • 2002 – 2005, COO, Eli Lilly
  • 1998 – 2000, EVP Marketing and CTO, iPIX
  • 1997 – 1998, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer,
  • 1996 – 1997, Director of Marketing, CyberGold
  • 1992 – 1994, Senior Software Engineer, MIT
  • 1990 – 1992, Senior Software Engineer, Decision Systems Group, Harvard Medical School
  • 1986 – 1990, Chief Designer, Eidetic Knowledge Systems

Honors and Awards

Haas School of Business Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award

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