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Vinit Nijhawan - Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston). Cambridge, MA, US

Vinit Nijhawan

Executive Director | Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center


Vinit Nijhawan is an expert in conceiving and building technology organizations.



Strategic visionary, conceived and built technology organizations that have been acquired by Boeing, Motorola, Qualcomm, and others

• Worked in industries: computing, aerospace, telecom, logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, telecommunications, medical devices, biopharma, synthetic biology, advanced materials

• Admired leader and mentor, built and effectively managed high-performance teams

• Empathetic and collaborative team member

Intentionally pivoted career from technology entrepreneur and CEO to helping other entrepreneurs, with a focus on academia. Began teaching Entrepreneurship at Boston University and subsequently led the Office of Technology Development (OTD) from 2010-2016 (published a peer reviewed paper on that experience: Maximize Collisions, Minimize Friction). In this role participated in BU committees and organizations, such as the BUildLab, Faculty Innovation Network, Conflict of Interest Committee, Coulter Translational Program, Fraunhofer Grants, CTSI and on the board of the National Academy of Inventors. Represented BU on spin-off boards and business plan/grant review panels.

Took the OTD experience and launched a national academic IP monetization program with 40 institutions engaged. Launched Waterloo Alumni Angels at my alma mater. Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices housed at the UMass President’s Office.

Industry Expertise (2)

Corporate Leadership

Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise (5)

Venture Capital

Technology Transfer



Mergers & Acquisitions

Education (1)

University of Waterloo: B.Sc., Electrical Engineering 1981






Top Ten Qualities to Succeed as an Entrepreneur - Vinit Nijhawan - TEDxBU 2012 Vinit Nijhawan's Story President's Panel 2011: The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Affiliations (5)

  • UnitedLex Corporation : Managing Director
  • Boston University : Managing Director, Technology Development & MBA Lecturer
  • Waterloo Alumni Angels : Founder and Advisory Board Member
  • LearnLaunch : Co-Founder & Board Member
  • Excelocity : Board Member

Patents (1)

Network-based system for communicating with trucks


A system for communicating with one or more trucks (102) over the Internet includes an on-board computer system carried by each truck (102) that wirelessly connects to the Internet. The system also includes a server (120) connected to the Internet that stores data received from the on-board computer systems and transmits the data to other devices connected to the Internet.

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