Ernie Parizeau

Ernie Parizou

Ernie Parizeau is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College ( and Franklin Olin College of Engineering ( where he teaches courses on starting new businesses, and on venture capital.  He also teaches classes at Middlebury College and the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.   He was a partner at Norwest Venture Partners ( for over 20 years, and invested in early stage companies in the software, semiconductor, communications, healthcare, education and retail industries.  He retired from Norwest in 2007.  Ernie is a Trustee of The Cape Eleuthera Foundation – The Island School (, Noble and Greenough School (, and Newton Wellesley Hospital (  He is on the Advisory Board of the Middlebury College “Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts” (, and the Dartmouth College President’s Leadership Council.

A graduate of Dartmouth College (AB in Engineering Sciences and MBA), Ernie is an avid rower.  His long term goal is to finish in the top 20% of his age group in the Men’s Single Sculls race in the Head of the Charles Regatta ( and in the CRASH-B Sprints ( His odds of success are slim unless he lives long enough to make it to the “really old guys” age group.  He is also trying to learn French.  Feel free to challenge him if you know the language (but be prepared for a blank stare).

Ernie and his wife, Kim, have four children (ages 24, 21, 18, 15), and live in Wellesley, MA.

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