Field of Expertise

innovation management


Craig Damlo has an extensive background in innovation and new product development. He specializes in using human-centered design principles of design thinking. He brings this “customer first” approach to venture capital and incubation, empathizing with customers, and understanding the problems to be solved before a product or system is developed.

An award-winning speaker and innovation influencer, Craig is a sought-after thought leader who has given talks at events across the globe and is an engaging innovation coach.

Previously, he led a corporate innovation center for one of the largest aerospace suppliers in the world targeting cabin/cockpit systems as well as spacecraft systems, collaborating with development teams across three continents and customers across six continents.

Craig has worked with both academia and industry to find applications for new technologies, bringing electroactive polymers and augmented reality into the conservative aerospace market. He holds and has contributed to several patents.

He has also been an active member of the additive manufacturing wave, first using it in product development 15 years ago and buying his first 3D printer in 2013 for at-home use.

He has worked independently with several startups across many industries as an innovation consultant helping them to evaluate new technologies and developments, build technology roadmaps, and bring those technologies to market. He is also the co-founder of a multinational aerospace systems company.

Craig earned his undergraduate degree in physics and math from one of the top private universities in the American Midwest and completed a graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford.