Introducing Jimmy Jia as a Mentor for the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is Foster’s new 12-month degree that embodies the startup process — from ideation and formation to execution and scale. It blends the best of business school education, practical content, world-class Seattle connections, and time in the program for students to get their startup off the ground. Our goal for students: turn that spark into reality.

Jimmy Jia
CEO, Distributed Energy Management
M.B.A., University of Oxford
M.S., Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I mentor student entrepreneurs because I enjoy the ideas and innovations of fresh eyes at existing problems. Many times I find that student teams come up with good ideas that just might work because they’ve not had the burden of running into walls quite yet. I hope to inspire students to continue their path and to reach their goals.


As a mentor, I excel at…

Sales, customer development, product development, innovation and strategy, personal balance and centering.

Don’t ask me about…

Legal and accounting!

The one thing people should know about me is…

I enjoy the theater and used to be part of an Improv troupe.

My favorite entrepreneurial book, blog, podcast is…

Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith.

When I have free time, I…

Go to the gym and watch opera. Not at the same time though.

I manage everyday stress by…

Playing music is a form of meditation. I play violin and dabble in piano.

If I’m going out to dinner, I’ll generally order…

1) Corned Beef Hash

2) Eggs Benedict

3) or something I’ve never seen before

As a kid, I was fascinated by…

Space travel!

As an adult, I’m fascinated by…

Quantum Physics! Because they make space travel possible.

The person I admire most is…

Winston Churchill.

I describe myself as…

Innovative, connector, active, technical.

My motto/tagline is…

Entrepreneur and educator at the forefront of innovation in energy finance.