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Trond Undheim

Program Director

ilo photoTrond Undheim directs the MIT Startup Exchange connecting industry to startups, facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT's startup ecosystem. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is also the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, Ionate, Inc., the cloud-computing company, and a Director of Tautec Consulting.

Undheim is a leading expert on technology development across industriy. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Undheim speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on disruptive innovation, startups technology, and wine.

Undheim was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform to 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups across the world. He has a Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
M.S. degree in Sociology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Ph.D. in Science and Technology


Phone: 617-253-8983
Fax: 617-253-0002
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Assistant:Maria DiCicco
Phone: 617-253-0408
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