Judges & Mentors




Dr. Charles Hsu

A serial and parallel entrepreneur

Dr. Charles Hsu has more than 25 years of experiences at MIT, at Harvard, in startups, in MIT Industrial Liaison Program, in MIT Technology Review, and in his own company on venture services. Charles' own venture capital company currently has more than two dozen start-up companies in its portfolio and has had some excellent exits in the past couple of years.

Dr. Hsu is an alumnus of MIT and Harvard covering electrical engineering and computer sciences, nanotechnology, law, and business management. Dr. Hsu is active at MIT and Harvard serving both for more than a decade. Dr. Hsu has had the great privilege to work with numerous world-renowned scientists and scholars at Harvard and MIT including Dr. John Gilbert, Dr. Vladimir Bulovic, Dr. Fawwaz Habbal along with MIT President Rafael Reif, MIT Provost Martin Schmidt, and MIT Dean of Engineering Anantha Chandrakasan.

Dr. Hsu is also an alumnus of UC Berkeley and he continues his support at Cal Alumni Association and Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) for more than two decades. Dr. Hsu formerly worked at Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan and at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan before he became a successful entrepreneur.

Dr. Hsu is both a serial and parallel entrepreneur and has founded and co-founded several startup companies mainly in the Greater Boston area, particularly at Kendall Square. Among these companies, two of them have been acquired by major companies in the US; both are MEMS technology-based companies for applications in display.