Mentors and guest speakers are the heart of the Startup Quest™ training program. They come from technology-based industries, such as software, information technology/information systems, aerospace, advanced materials and coatings, nanotechnology, robotics, medical devices, biotechnology, life sciences, automation, and other technology industries. Mentors have startup experience and/or know how to successfully bring a new technology to market.
The Mentors for the Fall 2013 Course include:
Stonly Baptiste, http://www.linkedin.com/in/stonly
Executive Vice President of Software / Innovation, independenceIT
Mr. Baptiste leads iNdependenceIT, an industry leading technology company that enables VARs, ISVs and MSPs to provision, deploy and support cloud services. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Veddio Cloud Solutions, which was acquired by independenceIT. At Veddio, Mr. Baptiste guided the development of the company’s private cloud infrastructure, enhanced the company’s partnership with vendors such as Microsoft, and developed the company’s Cloud Ordering system and Cloud Management Dashboard.
Paul Cutler, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-cutler/44/5b0/ba5
Mr. Cutler is an entrepreneur, an award-winning inventor, and investor with more than 30 years experience in a variety of industries, including Founder and President of Power Generations, Inc. His passion is building highly profitable, industry leading businesses with integrity and client perception that is second to none. Mr. Cutler is currently looking to start another company or join the team of a fast-growth startup.
Elizabeth Fenjves, http://.www.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-fenjves/26/241/979
Director Intellectual Property Commercialization, University of Miami
Ms. Fenjves is a recognized expert in the field of gene therapy. She is a multilingual and tri-cultural leader in national and international scientific, business and medical collaborations. Ms. Fenjves has extensive experience within the scientific, clinical, technology transfer and biomedical domains.
Selected Technology: Therapeutic Agents for the Prevention & Restoration of Bone Mass, University of Florida
Steve Glover, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-glover/11/381/1a1
Chairman, Commercial Advisory Board, Coherus BioSciences
Mr. Glover brings nearly 30 years of business experience in biopharmaceuticals and life sciences to Coherus Biosciences. As a Co-Founder of Coherus he was focused on the business strategy, partnerships, product development efforts and capitalization of the company. Prior to Coherus, he was the President of Insmed Therapeutic Proteins as well as Chief Business Officer of Insmed Incorporated.
Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson, http://www.linkedin.com/in/usahutch
CEO, Be One, Inc
Mr. Hutchinson is a Senior Executive with a successful record of leading performance improvements over a broad range of businesses with a demonstrated ability to deliver strategic, financial and operational excellence while restructuring and building strong, motivated teams. He previously served as a Chairman with Vistage Florida, an international organization With over 15,000 Members in 16 countries, dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs.
Selected Technology: Inexpensive Method for Producing High Purity Hydrogen, University of Central Florida
Paul Kamps, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-kamps/17/bb9/909
Healthcare and Technology CFO
Mr. Kamps is an accomplished finance executive demonstrating effective leadership of the corporate finance function in the US and internationally. Big Four public accounting background in audit (Ernst & Young). Industry experience includes health-care information technology, software in both perpetual-license and SaaS models, healthcare staffing and medical product distribution. He has served as CFO for Sentry Data Systems and Vice President and Corporate Controller of Eclipsys (acquired by Allscripts), among other companies.
Scott Kinnear, http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottkinnear
Principal, Scott Kinnear Co
Mr. Kinnear is an early stage strategy and operations professional. He served as Vice President of Worldwide Products for Citrix Systems. He specializes in technology; business modeling, strategic marketing, operational execution, strategic product planning and execution. He has considerable experience in early stage funding, planning and execution. Mr. Kinnear formerly served as CTO and Executive Consultant at Acquinity Interactive, and as Co-Founder, CEO & President of Myxer.
Selected Technology: Homography-based Passive Vehicle Speed Measuring System, University of Central Florida
Samuel Salomon Levy, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/samuel-salomon-levy/18/681/822
Chief Executive Officer, Agnos Consulting
Mr. Levy is a Senior Executive specializing in advising C-level executives on how to re-position IT resources to achieve dramatic cost savings and operational efficiencies. He has worked in senior leadership roles for IBM, Unisys, and Accenture, and spent 17 years solving diverse sets of complex client challenges in both the private and public sectors.
Alexandre Luzes, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alexandre-luzes/43/677/aa8
New Technology & Solution Sales Director, Microsoft
Mr. Luzes is responsible for two teams of specialists in the Central America, Caribbean and Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia. These groups sell mission critical, core business and high-end solutions to enterprise customers and evangelize Microsoft technilogies to developers. Previously, Mr. Luzes was the Owner/Manager of MHW, a company he raised $3.75M in venture capital for and sold to Xerox Brazil.
Selected Technology: Nanosilicone Particles for Breast Implants and Other Devices, Florida International University
Jason Milgram, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmilgram
Founder & CEO, Linxter, Inc.
Mr. Milgram is a developer by trade and founder of a free instant group app for nonprofit organizations. He specializes in technologies that improve communications, member involvement, and recurring donations. Mr. Milgram was formerly the Founder and CEO of Useful Technology, whose clients included IBM, US Dept. of Justice, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Chase. He also founded NTalk Corp.
Selected Technology: Statistical Model for Predicting Falling in Humans, Nova Southeastern University
Avi Moskowitz, http://www.linkedin.com/in/moskowitzavi
Founder & CEO of American Registry and PlaqueWorks
Mr. Moskowitz founded MedPlus at age 17, a medical software consultancy. He founded NetMedia in 1994, a flagship Internet and web services provider in Israel. The company quickly grew and subsequently its ISP division was acquired and merged into Netvision, a top Israel ISP. Mr. Moskowitz then founded Virtual Jerusalem in 1999, the largest online community for Israel and Jewish interest and news, subsequently merged into a public company (NASDAQ: VCIX, Virtual Communities).
Selected Technology: Rapid Detection of Shingles (VZV) Point of Care Technology, NASA Johnson Space Center
Bob Newman, http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobnewman1
Entrepreneur and Startup Mentor
Mr. Newman started Security One Systems in 1981. The company grew to become the largest privately owned electronic security integrator in the SE United States, with over $25M in annual revenue. The company was sold to Ingersol-Rand in 2005. Mr. Newman also founded Badge Express, Lido Distribution, and Newport One. He is also the author of Change through Power, a book to help people set and achieve Life Goals.
Victor Nappe, http://www.linkedin.com/in/buffalovic
CEO, CloudJacket / Rule18 / SECNAP Network Security
Mr. Nappe is a widely recognized Internet entrepreneur with a passion for finding or developing highly disruptive technologies. He’s also known to some as the ‘godfather of Internet cash’ for founding the first payment processing network enabling secure online purchases using prepaid calling cards (Patent Application 20010047334). Mr. Nappe formerly served as CEO of Luke Entertainment and DuoCash, and was an e-commerce consultant for Apple Computer and NeXT Software.
Brian Norusis, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-norusis/2/b89/799
Vice President, e-Builder, Inc.
Mr. Norusis has extensive experience in the consulting industry encompassing all aspects of the software development life cycle, custom development and integration with third party software systems. He is an expert in SaaS technology, has lived overseas and led implementation efforts throughout North and South America, EMEA, Australia and New Zealand.
David Punchard, http://www.linkedin.com/in/dpunchard
Partner, Cambiio a CG-Innovation Partner
Mr. Puchard is a partner with Cambiio Innovation Advisory & Investment firm. He advises and partners with investors, senior managers and government leaders to act as a catalyst and accelerator in the creation of innovative businesses that will impact the major problems and challenges that shape the future.
Rick Reich, http://www.linkedin.com/in/rickreich
Technical Solutions Architect (Adobe CQ5/ AEM), Development Director, Citrix Systems
Mr. Reich has a seven-year career playing a major role in the technical accomplishments of Citrix and the web team by providing technical solutions, guidance, enterprise level development and infrastructure that supported Citrix global businesses, with an emphasis on quality, maintainability and security. He lead the company wide roll-out and implementation of Adobe CQ (AEM).
Jorge Rodriguez, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jarsp
Founder & CEO, Rhyboo
Mr. Rodriguez is a serial entrepreneur, starter, maker, hacker and geek. He is the Co-founder & Co-organizer of the StarTechConf. He was Founder & CTO of Get on board. He Co-founded the DynlangChile Tech Meetup Group, and he was the Founder & CEO of Continuum Ltda.
Substitute Mentors, Fall 2013
Ron Antevy, http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronantevy
President, e-Builder, Inc.
Mr. Antevy leads e-Builder, the leading provider of fully integrated capital program and project management software for top facility owners and companies that act on their behalf. The company’s flagship product, e-Builder Enterprise, improves capital project execution resulting in increased productivity and quality, reduced cost, and faster project delivery. Mr. Antevy oversees strategy, business development and operations.
Judy Banks, http://www.linkedin.com/in/judybanks
COO, CFO at Authenware Corporation
Ms. Banks is an executive with AuthenWare, a leading cybersecurity software provider focused on fighting online identity theft. AuthenWare’s innovative software is based on behavioral biometrics. Prior to joining AuthenWare Ms. Banks was a financial advisor to start-up and small business CEOs. Previous to that she was a Business Operations Manager at Hewlett-Packard.
Ajit Habbu, http://www.linkedin.com/in/ajithabbu
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Habbu has fifteen years of experience as a CFO of mid-market private equity owned businesses, public companies and divisions of large corporations. He specializes in IPO, SEC reporting and SOX implementation, global management and ERP implementation. Mr. Habbu has a proven track record of creating value and engineering successful exits via public markets and strategic sales.
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