Jack Savidge [Executive Associate]

Jack Savidge
Jack Savidge has over 40 years of line management, CEO, Board of Director, and consulting experience. He is regarded as an expert in commercialization proof-of concept processes and corporate internal venturing.

As part of his work, Jack guides management to increase employee innovation by building internal deal flow. He also counsels them to install new idea selection filters, model a new business, perform due diligence, and invest in and continually mentor internally originated new ventures. He also conducts fair value due diligence by creating or confirming technology and market assumptions for venture investment or new corporate external acquisition diversification.
Jack has experience coaching governments, global industrial firms, and institutions of higher learning on how to assess their demographic and culture to embrace and encourage entrepreneurial activity. Client results include an increased idea flow from the targeted populations, overall reduction of entrepreneur risk aversion to start a venture, more rapid attainment of business creation milestones, higher quality business models for investment funding, more self-assured entrepreneurs to build management teams, and higher ratios of venture success. These results complement local Economic Development initiatives

With diverse experience, Jack has served on 26 corporate Boards of Directors, performing additional duties as Audit, Executive, Compensation and Nominating Committee Chairperson. He has served on public company boards in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing, electronic image projection manufacturing, soft contact lenses, and the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) industry.

Jack is the author of two books, “Marketing Intelligence – Discover What Your Customers Really Want and What Your Competition Is Up To!” and “The Pathmaster Guidebook – Mentors, Coaches, Gurus and Angels.” He has been a consultant to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for over 25 years, founded and now serves as Senior Advisor of the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. He founded and is Chairman of the Proof of Concept Institute, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit.

Jack and his wife have five children and ten grandchildren. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, but he has been a southern California resident for the past 42 years.