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Jes Broeng

Jes Broeng


Jes Broeng is serial entrepreneur, professor and director of DTU Entrepreneurship.

Born in Copenhagen. He has a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and has spent longer research stays in the UK and US, including invited professor at UC Berkeley (2016-17). For the Danish government, he serves as a member of the Danish Research and Innovation Council (DFiR). In business, he has co-founded six companies and spent a total of 12 years in industry – mainly as technical director at executive level – and now serves on the board of several companies, including a venture capital firm (PreSeed Ventures).

Since 2017, he has headed the national initiative "Open Entrepreneurship" in a collaboration between seven Danish universities for improved tech transfer models (funded by the Danish Industry Foundation). The program has fostered more than 26 university spin-outs and received the first prize in “Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit” at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020. Jes has co-authored more than 250 scientific publications, one textbook and holds 22 patents.

He is a Fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. He received the Annual Award of the Danish Optical Society in 1998, the European Optics Prize in 1999 and DTU’s Innovation Award in 2016.