Entrepreneurship Innovation and Strategy — MBA — Business Administration — Global Entrepreneurial Management
Jennifer  Walske

Jennifer Walske

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Walske, Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management program, is a leading advocate for raising the social consciousness of global businesses. As a writer, researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Walske promotes emergent social venture firms, with an emphasis on how human and social capital can strategically maximize new firm success.

Professor Walske is a thought leader in research and practice, linking socially conscious business practices and investments with entrepreneurship. As a firm believer of societal responsibility's essentialness to the success of future economies, Dr. Walske strives to help her students develop a greater awareness of socially conscientious business through internships, case analysis, research, business modeling, and ongoing mentoring.

As former Faculty Director of the Global Social Venture Competition - a worldwide program that develops next generation social entrepreneurs and an advisory board that she still remains a member of - she garnered recognition for judging and coaching future leaders of emergent social venture firms, drawing on experience as a board member of various nonprofits and for profits, as well as an investor, and co-founder of Myriad Investments LLC, an NVCA registered venture capital firm, where she remains a partner. Myriad participates in the Bay Area's Hub incubator program, helping foster the formation of such new firms as UClass, SharePractice and SunFunder. Professor Walske is also a trustee of the renowned San Francisco Ballet, reprising her contribution as trustee emeriti for the Boston Ballet. She continues to serve on the boards of both non-profit and for-profit enterprises, including the National Net Impact Board - a worldwide forum that promotes the concept that profits align with the interests of society.


D.B.A., Strategy and Policy Entrepreneurship, Boston University, School of Management, 2009
M.B.A., Marketing Emphasis, Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business
B.A., Communications Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Applying Human Capital Theory to Venture Philanthropy," Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2011 (with M. Scarlata and A. Zacharakis)

"The Role of Human Capital and Strategy in Resource Acquisition for Nascent Venture Capital Firms," The Oxford Handbook of Venture Capital, 2011 (with A. Zacharakis)

"Human Capital and Venture Capital: Understanding Early Venture Capital Fund Performance," EBRF Conference Proceedings, 2011 (with M. Seppä and A. Zacharakis)

"Genetically Engineered: Why Some Venture Capital Firms Are More Successful Than Others," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 297-318, 2009 (with A. Zacharakis)

"Effect of Venture Capital Syndication Networks on Entrepreneurial Success," Fronteirs of Entrepreneurship Research, pp. 38-52, 2007 (with A. Zacharakis and L. Smith-Doerr)

Honors and Awards

Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching at the Undergraduate Level, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, 2011

Research ranked in the "top ten" list, Social Science Research Network, 2008 - 2011

Ranked 2 and 3 in Research Excellence, worldwide, by Institutional All-American, 1999 and 2000


Overseer Advisory Board Member, WGBH television, 2001 - present

Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Global Social Venture Competition, 2012

Session Chair and Faculty Liaison, Women in Leadership Conference, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, 2009

Jennifer Walske, University of San Francisco School of Management