Michael Docherty is a leading innovation expert, entrepreneur and connector, with a variety of broad-based experiences from senior level corporate roles, start-ups, consulting and venture capital. Docherty is currently CEO of Venture2, a consulting and new ventures firm he founded in 2004. Venture2 partners with leading brand companies and emerging technology firms to build innovation ecosystems and commercialize breakthrough new products and businesses. Corporate clients include Cisco, J&J, Legrand, Pfizer, Jarden and other leading companies globally.
Docherty has managed several venture-backed start-ups, including a mobile technology innovation network he co-founded with the ex-CMO of P&G. Mike was also president of Spencer Trask, the venture investment firm behind leading collaborative innovation platforms including InnoCentive, inno360 and others.
Earlier in his career, he was VP of New Products for Sunbeam Appliances and then VP/GM of Sunbeam Health, where his innovation efforts played a key role in the successful turnaround of the company. Prior to that, he held marketing and technology leadership positions with Ford, General Electric and Rohm & Haas.
Michael Docherty holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a highly rated international speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community; Docherty is an active mentor for The Brandery, a leading incubator based in Cincinnati. He is also active in applying collaborative innovation in philanthropic efforts, including the launch of BeyondPolio.org. He has seven U.S. patents with others pending.