Erik Azulay

Erik AzulayErik Azulay is a technology commercialization expert and serial entrepreneur specializing in small business startups and international market strategies. He has led and managed commercialization and incubation projects in 12 countries around the world, worked as a technology analyst for numerous organizations and as a commercial reviewer on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) panels for the National Science Foundation. He also launched and sold two transportation and logistics companies based in the United States and Russia.

Mr. Azulay was the director for the World Bank Innovation Program in Kazakhstan, where for two years he oversaw the creation and running of the National Technology Commercialization Center. Under his leadership the Center created a multi-million dollar small business commercialization grant program and incubated Kazakh start-ups to bring their innovations to market, resulting in several hundred thousand dollars in sustainable revenue. He now serves as the Chairman of the International Science and Commercialization Board, which oversees the $110 million second phase of the Program in Kazakhstan.

He currently runs the Nexus Innovation Hub and Incubator in New Delhi, India. Nexus is a collaboration between the IC² Institute of The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. State Department to support the startup ecosystem in New Delhi and India. The Nexus Incubator showcases best practices in incubation and entrepreneurship from India and the U.S. in order to support Indian startups.

He serves on the boards of IVeH, a nonprofit organization focusing on international telemedicine, the Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research, and as an advisor to the Polish venture firm Leonarto. Erik received his BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin. Erik speaks Russian and Spanish.

In his spare time Erik likes scuba diving and running triathlons. He finished the Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid, NY and is still tired…

Erik Azulay

Nexus Executive Director, Nexus Startup Hub