This successful B-school alumnus traded his corner office for a new, on-campus job: entrepreneur-in-residence.
In the 30-plus years he’s spent helping new technology companies go live, grow, and thrive, Bob Lentz, BA’73, has seen many soar—and a few fall flat. But there’s one organization he’s betting on with hefty investments of his own time, expertise, and philanthropic dollars: IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator.
In July, Lentz, formerly an executive officer and interim CEO at several technology companies, put a flourishing career on hold to become the university’s first entrepreneur-in-residence. Now he’s advising students one-on-one, coordinating a network of alumni-mentors, building links to the investor community, and having, he says, “the time of my life.”
Lentz signed on as IDEA’s advisory board chair in 2009 at the urging of faculty adviser Dan Gregory. He was so persuaded of IDEA’s potential that he wrote the first check to its Gap Fund, which launches fledgling ventures with $10,000 competitive, no-strings-attached awards.
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Originally appeared in Northeastern Magazine on April 30, 2013