University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Uri Neren

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Uri Neren

Uri is the founder and CEO of Generate Companies, and has a diverse background spanning various sectors. He has founded and run several successful businesses, and today holds interest in several green technology companies.

He worked in energy research with the US Department of Agriculture and the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture. Uri was a leadership trainer on expeditions to the world’s most remotes areas including the Arctic and Patagonia, Chile. In 2006, he helped to author and pass legislation that created an industry development plan for Cleantech in Minnesota. Uri was selected to be one of 25 Minnesotans to join the State’s Governor on his annual trade mission in 2008, and has led communications for several organizations.

He earned a B.S. in Biology and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison, was a 2006 Fellow at Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Policy, and has an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

He volunteers on the board of directors of The LEAD Project, his local TED Conference, and the North Star Foundation. He has lived and traveled extensively from the northern to southern tip of the Americas, and today enjoys road biking, his home in Minnesota, and his part time existence traveling the globe to work with innovation thought leaders.

Today he focuses on Generate Companies, an international consortium of more than 50 of the world’s largest organizations and their future business leadership. The company built The World Database of Innovation with The Mayo Clinic beginning in 2007 and now partners with Harvard and The Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.