Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Electronics and Advanced Energy Systems
Kent serves as a strategic advisor to high potential technology entrepreneurs. He assists them in creating, articulating and implementing high growth strategic business plans along with go-to-market, advanced manufacturing and operational plans. Kent guides these businesses along an aggressive growth trajectory toward major inflection points, while achieving key milestones.
Kent Kristensen joins JumpStart after 20 years as a business development executive and serial entrepreneur. Born and educated in Denmark, Kent has lived and worked across the globe, settling in Northeast Ohio in 1994. Kent began his career as an electronic engineer and progressed to Operations Manager for RE Communications in Copenhagen, Denmark, a provider of broadband communications products. Kent later joined ABL of Montreal, Canada, a manufacturer and systems integrator of communications systems. At ABL, Kent was responsible for worldwide marketing, product standardization and business development, and later as VP of International Sales and Marketing he grew the business to nearly $24 million annually. He was instrumental in the company’s success leading it through start up, M&A, venture capital and Initial Public Offering (IPO). Kent was a founder and President/CEO of Mnet Corp. based in Solon, Ohio. The company was a highly successful, videoconferencing, telecommunications and information technology systems integration firm, reaching 30 employees and $7.5 million in annual sales. While leading Mnet, Kent contracted with investment bankers for the development of a Private Placement Memorandum raising venture capital, and eventually oversaw the sale of the company.
Most recently, Kent has been a management consultant involved in a variety of business or economic development projects in the biotech, medical devices, alternative energy, commercial real estate, transportations, logistics, shipping, and marine industries. He is currently chairman of a $525 million private-public-partnership project chartered with the development of a new ferry border crossing between the U.S. and Canada across Lake Erie.
Kent holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from Syddansk University in Denmark and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.