Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Cleveland Justis is the executive director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Justis is responsible for helping students, faculty, and staff move their research ideas from the lab and into the world. The Institute has been responsible for helping more than 75 companies get started and helping secure nearly $300 million in early-stage funding.
Justis has worked and consulted widely throughout numerous businesses, nonprofits and governmental organizations. He has taught and lectured at top universities including UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Georgetown University, and UC Davis. Justis received his MBA in strategic management and finance at UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and is currently pursuing his PhD.
Justis is an active volunteer in the community. He currently serves as a board member of the Marin Community Foundation, a large community foundation with over $1.5 billion in assets. He formerly served on the board of directors of Net Impact, an organization with a global network of over 15,000 leaders who are changing the world through business.
Innovation chaos is a result of inserting the organization’s technology-transfer (TT) function into the midst of the process of creating and shaping intellectual property (IP) for commercialization at the earliest possible development stages. Rather than depending on a structured, one-way flow of information from innovators to the TT office and onward, chaotic innovation depends on […]