LEADERS CREATE LEADERS

OUR MENTORSHIP TEAM

OUR ROSTER OF MENTORS INCLUDES MANY PROMINENT LEADERS, STRATEGISTS, AND EXECUTIVES WHO TAKE PERSONAL INVESTMENT IN OUR COMPANIES. MORE THAN JUST OFFERING THEIR TIME, OUR MENTORS FORM LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR ENTREPRENEURS, PROVIDING UNPARALLELED SUPPORT AND EXPERTISE ALONG THE UNPREDICTABLE ROAD THAT IS ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Peter Yobo
Millennial voice, PWC
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    For 10 years, Peter has worked on numerous consulting projects related to startups, order-to-cash improvement, process re-engineering, business process management and workflow automation, platform consolidation, large-scale program management, and application and system development and integration.
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Yahya Bakkar
Entrepreneur | Author
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    Yahya Bakkar is an author, speaker and coach who’s confidently stepped on stage over 300 times to share his inspirational story and life-changing work. He’s also a certified relationship coach who’s spoken to nationally recognized organizations such as Harvard, TedX and Yale.
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Peter Voogd
Entrepreneur | Author
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    He’s been labeled the world’s leading authority for millennials and entrepreneurs by entrepreneur.com, and many of international publications, stars in his own tv show called “The Entrepreneur Grind” on the Whatever it takes network, founder of The Game Changers Academy, which is the premier networking community for young entrepreneurs, Author of the 27-time international best selling author of the book “6 Months to 6 Figures,” and Creator of The Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle podcast which is one of iTunes top podcasts. Peter’s strategies have been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Time.com, Yahoo Small Business, CBS, Yahoo Finance, MSN, and many other international publications. He strongly believes the more people you help to succeed, the more successful you become.
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Steve Weatherford
Entrepreneur | Athlete | National Football League
Joseph Varghese
Marketing strategist | Joint Venture Specialist
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    Joseph’s purpose in life is to inspire others to find their voice as leaders. As such, Joseph is trained as a business coach, workshop facilitator and leadership trainer through the National Speakers Association Academy, Toastmasters International, Peak Potentials and Landmark Education. Joseph has head coached the Self Expression Leadership Program at Landmark Education. He has also worked with top Peak Performance coach Anthony Robbins and Getting Things Done productivity expert David Allen. Joseph currently co-organizes the largest monthly leadership and personal development Meetup in New York called the NY Powerteam.
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Ramon Ray
Entrepreneur | International Speaker and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine
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    Ramon is Small Business Evangelist, Infusionsoft and Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com. He is passionate about helping small businesses grow their businesses by educating them about technology and marketing best practices. He is a journalist, freelance writer, event producer (including Small Biz Big Things with Seth Godin), speaker (including the Computer Electronics Show with Guy Kawasaki), emcee (including Association for Enterprise Opportunity Awards with Daymond John of FUBU and Shark Tank) and author. His third book is Amazon.com best seller “Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing”, (Wiley, Winter 2013). Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant has hands on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. Ramon’s expertise is technology, marketing and sales (personal branding, networking, business growth). Over his extensive career Ramon has written thousands of articles, spoken to thousands of business owners and impacted hundreds of thousands of small businesses to help their businesses thrive, using technology.
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Ajay Rajani
Founder of Nextt
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Tom Samph
Co-founder of Nextt
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Anshuman Mehta
Founder & CEO, Casteller
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David Briones
Managing Member at Brio Financial Group
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Ben Cohen
Mobile & Social Media Entrepreneur
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    Ben Cohen is a mobile and social media entrepreneur. Based in New York City, known for his decorated career in the mobile space, having produced and executed countless apps & games. In 2011, he founded Ten 5 Studio, which grew to become a prominent mobile production studio in the industry. Most notably having worked with LG and Universal Studios, producing the Talking Ted App which drew 25 million installs. The company was acquired by Vertic in late 2013. Shortly thereafter, he founded BJC Advisory and Consulting, continuing his success in the mobile world. Ben began marketing his own mobile products, which was when he recognized a need for digital distribution, and pursued social media content publishing, which was the birth of Scopus Media. Ben keeps a finger on the pulse of GenZ and Millennials, in order to identify and execute the companies growth strategy. In addition, Ben is a Partner at Umbrella Games which is a premium mobile game developer & publisher.

Don Coolidge
USMC Vet & CEO Elemental Path
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Jon Chang
Growth Marketing, Digital Marketing, Product Marketing
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Imroze Shaheen
Applied Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
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    Imroze Shaheen is a Systems Developer, Business Executive, and Research Scientist. Imroze works with Fortune 500 industry leaders and startups at East Agile to launch market-tested, innovative software products. Imroze is currently living in New York City while doing research in machine learning and artificial intelligence at Columbia University Medical School.

John Petersen
Head of Product at Firehawk Creative
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David Selverian
Strategist at Resolute Innovation
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Ryan Zeidan
Global Program Leader, Marizomib at Celgene
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Jacques Bastien
CEO of boogie
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Eleanor Schmitt
Partnerships & Growth Strategy | Education & Learning | Social Impact & Innovation
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    Eleanor is an external-facing guru and growth strategist focused on building the capacity of social impact entrepreneurs and business owners. She has worked in partnership development, outreach strategy, community, corporate, and public engagement for experiential education initiatives across the USA and Europe. Throughout her international work, she has inspired others to think, do, and collaborate in new ways -- oftentimes, by taking initiative to ask the tough questions that identify one's true values and vision. She has learned that organizations reach their fullest potential when aligning internal and external values. This process sets a strong foundation for the developing the strategic partnerships that elevate their brand. Eleanor brings her own passion for unabashedly exploring the world in helping others glean new interdisciplinary understandings. She is an avid traveler, a voracious learner, a thinker, and a doer. You can typically find her biking through new neighborhoods, contemplating her newest music obsession, and attending entrepreneurial, activism, and personal development oriented events across New York City. She is also a writer working on launching content at her newly created site, hellomisslangley.com.

Steve Gomez
Non-Profit Executive | Entrepreneur | Microfinance Professional
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Natasha Rogers
Private Equity Professional
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David Postolski
Partner-IP/Patent Attorney, Gearhart Law; Faculty-Parsons School of Design, ABA IPL Sect. Chair Div. 5 Professional Issues
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    David Postolski, a partner at Gearhart Law, is a registered patent attorney and Intellectual Property attorney. With over 15 years’ experience, David specializes in assisting inventors, creators, artists, start-ups, entrepreneurs, early stage companies and emerging companies with their U.S and International intellectual property strategy, protection, enforcement and monetization. David remains very involved in the creation of New York State’s first federally approved patent pro bono program in conjunction with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. David is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues surrounding raising capital, business formation, licensing, and reward and equity based crowdfunding. David is also a Professor at Parsons School of Design where he teaches master's level students about IP, ethics and other regulatory considerations in starting business ventures and products around design. David is the current chair of the Professional Issues Division of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property law as well as a member of the CLE Board, Sponsorship Board, and founder of the International Action Group.

Anthony Frasier
Startup enthusiast & Entrepreneur
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Darrick Rousseau
Growth strategist & creative
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Justin Knag
App developer & Computer Science Teacher
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Ethne Swartz
Professor of entrepreneurship @FDU
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    Ethné Swartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University. From 2006 to 2015 she chaired the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department in the College and then served as an associate dean. She earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. A South African native, she holds a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from Rhodes University, South Africa and a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation, management of technology, business continuity and crisis management. Dr. Swartz was a Fulbright Scholar based at Zeppelin University in Germany during the spring of 2014. She collaborates in research on how women who own or manage high-growth companies can best participate in negotiating term sheets for capital investment in their companies. Dr. Swartz is an active contributor to New Jersey’s entrepreneurial organizations, including the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Institute of Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been active in the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), serving as a board member and as the Vice President of Conference for the annual conference in January 2011. She has served as the Vice President of Publications, most recently creating the USASBE Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, published by Edward Elgar. She is the co-author of two books and her research articles have appeared in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Long Range Planning, Risk Management: An International Journal, Journal of Applied Management Studies, Leadership and Organisational Development Journal, Business Horizons, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Facilities, Education and Training; ET&P. She serves on the editorial board of the Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy and previously on the Journal of Small Business Management. From 1994 to October 1999, Dr. Swartz taught Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Leicester Business School, DeMontfort University, in Leicester, UK, where she was instrumental in setting up a center for research into business continuity management. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Swartz worked at General Motors (South Africa) and Kodak (South Africa).

Anthony Cintron
Founder of Untangle
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Joe Gilani
Founder of Untangle
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Richard Fallah
Founder of Vbout
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    Richard is the founder of Vbout.com, a marketing technology platform. Richard has an extensive background in product development, user interface and online marketing. He is an expert in building marketing journey's, growth funnels, creating marketing campaigns and analytics. When not working on his startup, Richard runs an active digital marketing community in NYC with over 5K members.