Innovation Takes a Team

Intuitive Foundation

The Robert & Kathleen Dobkin Intuitive Foundation pairs up young, bright entrepreneurs in business and science to help them achieve greatness together.

“If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re starting a company, you can’t do it all by yourself. You just can’t. If you don’t have a team, you’re losing a big part of what it takes to be successful. I know that I couldn’t have done it alone.”

— Robert Dobkin, Founder, Intuitive Foundation

We envision a world where the best ideas never get stuck inside a lab

Bob Dobkin always wanted to be an engineer. As a young child, he liked to take things apart. He has always been an inventor at heart.

As a co-founder of Linear Technologies, Bob grew the company from a small team of 5 people to a workforce of 5,000 people, and then sold it for $15 billion dollars.

However, Bob says that without his business partner, Robert Swanson, he would not have had the success that he did. His partner was the business side of engineering.

Great ideas don’t come to market because of one person. Many great technologists — in science, engineering, mathematics — need the other half, the business half.

The genesis of the Intuitive Foundation is bringing technologists and business people together. The goal of our startup classes is to provide training on entrepreneurship and leadership, so that the best ideas never get stuck inside a lab. Because innovation can change the world.

“We hope to bring students from business, law, humanities, engineering, and other technical fields together to experience the importance of cross-disciplinary skills within a business team.”
Gabe Fenton
President, Intuitive Foundation


In order to empower the next generation to find impactful solutions to real-world problems and learn how to build a tech startup, the Intuitive Foundation partners with college entrepreneurship courses and provides grants in the following fields:

“The Foundation taught me to look at situations in a light where I constantly question assumptions and what the real problem or question is asking; to think outside the box and really be creative in the solutions that I am developing to problems that come about.”​​

— James Li​, SportVue, UC Berkeley

our partnerships

The Intuitive Foundation proudly partners with the Carnegie Mellon Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, and the Claremont McKenna Randall Lewis Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to teach, mentor, and connect the brightest minds in science, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our startup classes provide the training on entrepreneurship and background on how to build a tech startup that students need to bring their ideas to market.