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Ben Hafele Lean Innovation Manager, Earthmoving Division at Caterpillar Inc.


Ben is a Lean Innovation Manager at Caterpillar, where he incubates a large, eclectic portfolio of early-stage innovation projects focused on revenue growth. Through organizations including Haute Africa, the Brave Launch accelerator, and 1871, Ben has served as a mentor or coach to hundreds of startups globally, helping them to shape, vet and grow their businesses. He teaches Entrepreneurship at Bradley University and likes to spend his free time shopping for interesting new office supplies.

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