Global Entrepreneur, Advisor, Lecturer
Jos Scheffelaar is a European/American entrepreneur with 35+ years of global business experience who has been working in High-Tech in several countries in Europe and in Asia. Using his global skills, experience and understanding of differences in business culture, and by leveraging his extensive professional network, he advises emerging international companies on US market entry. He also shares his experience with European and Asian national and regional governments, universities and incubators to improve their programs for effectively bringing their portfolio companies to the US market.
Jos is the co-founder of Launch in US Alliance, a company that advises international entrepreneurs on launching their business in the US.
Jos also is a Founding Partner of Kendall-Teams, or kTeams for short, a hands-on market exploration program for international scale-ups that are seriously considering entering the US market. kTeams is a spin-off from an MIT program for international emerging companies of which Jos was one of the organizers (2011-2014).
He is frequently invited by international organizations and universities as guest lecturer to give his unique international perspective on American entrepreneurship and US market entry for international companies. He is active in Boston’s innovation ecosystem, has been a judge and mentor in MIT business competitions, MassChallenge and several other Boston and international programs for entrepreneurs.
Jos served ten years as Chairman of the Boston Chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), a non-profit organization that sponsors Fulbright Scholarships for exchanges between the Netherlands and the United States, and organizes social, cultural, and business events for the Dutch community in New England. Presently he is Chairman Emeritus.
Jos earned an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in data networks from the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands.
Other education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 15.480X The Science and Business of Biotechnology, 2020 (online course, certificate awarded)