Hervé Lebret

Hervé Lebret

Manager of Innogrants – EPFL

Hervé graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in 1987, SupAero (Toulouse, France) in 1989 and obtained an MS from Stanford University in 1990. He worked for the French department of defense for two years and went back to academics to obtain his PhD in electrical engineering from Université de Rennes in 1994 (with one year spent at Stanford University again). Hervé stayed in academics from 1994 to 1997 as dean of studies of the ENSTA (Paris, France) and at Onera (Palaiseau, France).

In 1997, he left the academic world to begin a new career in venture capital with Index Ventures in Geneva, Switzerland. Working at EPFL since 2004, he started as a licensing officer in the Technology Transfer Office. In mid-2005, he helped in launching and took charge of the INNOGRANTS. In 2010, Hervé became a Senior Scientist in the field of high-tech entrepreneurship and his research field concentrates on academic spin-offs, including Stanford University and Silicon Valley.