• Entrepreneurship | Innovation | Strategy | Investing

We help businesses and governments innovate, leading to growth.

West Run Holdings provides consulting services on behalf of Carl Schramm and his team in matters relating to entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, policy analysis relating to economic growth for various governmental entities, and new business creation

The firms’ areas of expertise include:

  • Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship
  • Stimulating Innovation
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Economic Growth
  • Startup Investing

our name

For two decades Dipping Pond Farm has been home to Dr. Schramm and his family. The farm is located in the picturesque Greenspring Valley of Baltimore County, Maryland. The rural post office, minutes outside the corporate boundaries of Baltimore City, bears a beautifully appropriate name -- Brooklandville. The Greenspring Valley is the largest protected farm land proximate to a major city in the United States. The farm is bounded to the east by Dipping Pond Run which is part of the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary system in the world. “Run” is the antique patois of colonial Maryland for what in other parts of the nation would be called a stream, brook, or creek. Dipping Pond Run is a certified trout stream. Because the farm is west of the run the name seemed natural.

meet our team

Carl Schramm

President and Chairman

Carl J. Schramm is University Professor at Syracuse University. He was president of the Kauffman Foundation for from 2002 to 2012. Under his leadership Kauffman became the world’s premier organization dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and economic growth. He also is the Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca visiting professor of innovation at U.C. Davis and a fellow at the Institute of Business Innovation at U.C. Berkeley. Before coming to Syracuse he was a visiting scientist at MIT. Schramm’s career began as a professor at Johns Hopkins where he founded the nation’s first research center focused on health care costs.

Dr.Schramm has founded six companies including Greenspring Advisors, a merchant bank. He has also served in major corporate roles including EVP of Fortis and CEO of FortisHealth.

He has authored, co-authored, or edited several books including Better Capitalism; Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism; Inside Real Innovation; The Entrepreneurial Imperative; and Controlling Healthcare Costs. His 2010 article in Foreign Affairs opened the field known as Expeditionary Economics arguing that American foreign policy should be focused on encouraging economic growth especially in the wake of military interventions. At Syracuse he teaches courses on reviving failing cities, innovation, and healthcare law.

Schramm has advised major corporations as well as national governments around the world on strategies for growth, expanding entrepreneurial activity, and accelerating innovation. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Mars, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dr. Schramm earned his Ph.D. in economics from Wisconsin and his J.D. from Georgetown. He holds the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester and six honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Syracuse.

His opinion frequently appears in the Wall Street Journal. His blog, Messy Capitalism, is carried at Forbes.

AJ Sidhu


AJ has been in charge of the business operations of West Run Holdings and its subsidiaries since 2009. He holds a B.A. in International Business from Arizona State University. AJ has been closely involved in his family's software business, which provides a network emulation product for IT security solutions. He is fluent in Hindi.

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