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Haas School of Business
Lecturer, Haas School of Business

David Charron is a member of the professional faculty of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Mr. Charron has held several leadership positions at Haas, including Executive Director of the Berkeley Innovative Leadership Development Initiative (BILD) and Executive Director of the Haas School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. At Haas, Mr. Charron teaches many MBA level courses including Business Model Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Problem Finding Problem Solving, Case Studies in Entrepreneurship, Workshop for Startups and others. He is also active in executive education with the Venture Capital Executive Program, Bio-entrepreneurship and several innovation and leadership programs. Mr. Charron started UC Berkeley’s NSF I-Corps program as Faculty Lead and continues to teach scientists customer development skills through I-Corps.

Mr. Charron is an entrepreneur, having been a founder of Scientific Learning Corporation, the first successful neuroplasticity company. He has also started several other ventures and consults to startups, inventors and entrepreneurs. He has been an angel investor in several companies and is on the board of Impact Carbon, a non-profit developing carbon credit projects.

He has worked in and studied the field of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship for 25 years. Mr. Charron’s experience in this field has been at corporations such as Xerox PARC, academic institutions including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF, and the national labs such as LBNL, LLNL and Sandia.

He has also been a principal member of the faculty team for Intel Corporation’s Global Technology Entrepreneurship Education project teaching international faculty how to teach entrepreneurship and create entrepreneurial ecosystems. With that program he has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.

He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Dave Charron serves as Faculty Director for the following Custom Programs:

  • City U Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program
  • KAUST Entrepreneurial Certification Program
  • City University of Hong Kong

Academic Background

  • MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

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