Shintaro is Vice Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of Drexel Applied Innovation at Drexel University in Philadelphia USA. Drexel is a Carnegie R1 designated research institution with the highest level of research activity. As the head of Drexel's technology transfer function, Shintaro's team provides IP management, industry engagement, entrepreneurial development and startup support services for the Drexel community. As Vice Provost for Innovation, Shintaro leads Drexel's innovation and entrepreneurship agenda more broadly. He led Drexel's efforts to establish a $500K seed fund to invest in underserved entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia region. More about that here: https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2021/February/Raynier-Drexel-UCSC-entrepreneurship-fund/
Prior to Drexel, Shintaro launched Oklahoma's first startup accelerators while at i2E, a nationally recognized venture development organization (VDO) with $58M in AUM, contributing to Oklahoma's rise in Kauffman Foundation's entrepreneurship ranking among small states from #12 to #2. Shintaro led 14 seed and Series A investments for i2E while serving on the board for the investments. Shintaro's prior experience includes valuation and M&A advisory at Duff & Phelps, innovation scout at Toshiba Westinghouse and co-founder of a venture-funded university startup Synercon Technologies which was acquired in March 2019.
Shintaro transitioned to university innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) in 2014. Shintaro's Kauffman Fellows Thought Leadership Project is titled "Exploring the Gap Between US University Tech Transfer and the Venture Community", to help university senior leadership implement data-driven change; he is regularly consulted for his expertise in university I&E. He also appeared in the U.S. Department of State 2016 webcast for disruptive innovation and startups with viewership in over 40 countries.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Shintaro is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shintaro and his wife Janet reside in West Philadelphia with their daughter Emma and two cats, Tulsa and Minoes.
Shintaro is a member of Class 21. He served his fellowship while at Drexel University.