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Annamaria Konya-Tannon is the founder of Equita Accelerator and a serial entrepreneur. She has been involved in technology enterprise creation and consulting for more than 15 years, predominantly in the Silicon Valley. She is a Global Ambassador for Cleantech Open and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Stanford University, STVP. In addition to being a founder, co- founder or among the first employees of several Silicon Valley startups since 2000, Ms. Konya-Tannon has worked at and with organizations like IBM, The Wall Street Journal, Stanford University and the United Nations. She has served on boards of several companies and not for profit organizations, including StorWatts, Ottomate, Tripos and The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association. She also mentors and judges startup competitions, including Astia, the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurship Program at Georgetown University, Startup Chile and different Hackathons. A native of Hungary, Ms. Konya-Tannon received her undergraduate degree from the University of Szeged and studied at Creighton University, her masters from Middlebury College Monterey Institute of International Studies, and she continued her postgraduate studies focusing on battery technology, PV cells, management science and innovation at Stanford University. Ms. Konya-Tannon is an avid trail runner, practicing yoga and pilates daily and wants to become an excellent tennis player and golfer. She loves traveling with her family and is a self proclaimed foodie and sommelier.
Bert Wank is a 20-year veteran of the power semiconductor industry, having served companies that created more than $10-Billion in acquisition value. Before founding infiniRel, a 2010 Cleantech Open finalist, Bert held product development, strategic marketing and applications engineering positions with companies including Burr-Brown, Texas Instruments, and austriamicrosystems, innovating 14 power IC product lines that have created more than $100MM in revenues. In 2012, he served on the Board of Directors of Pancon Corporation, a global manufacturer of film capacitors, and currently volunteers as the Metro Director DFW for the Cleantech Open. Bert holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird and a B.S.E.E. in Control Systems Engineering from Germany.
Bruce Schechter is an active advisor, consultant or investor in a variety of technology startups, including Life360, Proformative, TreasuryCurve, Simplure and Nexistant. He is a member of the Band of Angels, Silcon Valley’s oldest organized Angel investor organization. Bruce began his career at Intel Corporation in 1980 and there he served a 17 year tenure in a variety of roles including Fab Process Engineering, Microprocessor Product Management, the Corporate Strategy Group, and Director of Online Marketing in the Corporate Marketing Group. Bruce was on the founding team of Pandesic LLC, a pioneer eCommerce application service provider, where he served as Director of Operations Management and then Director of Strategic Alliances. Bruce is active in non-profit work, including his role as founder and President of the Intel Alumni Network, co-founder of Purdue SVBIG (Silicon Valley Boilermaker Innovation Group), and in mentoring student entrepreneurs at both Stanford University and Purdue University. He received a BS in Physics and Math from Purdue University, where he graduated with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and he received an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
David is currently managing director of CleanTech Strategy Group – advising and mentoring new clean technology ventures. His focus is business planning with an emphasis on developing disruptive business models. He is currently on the advisory boards of 2012 Cleantech Open National winner, HEVT; 2012 Transportation winner, Rotary Wing Engines; and 2010 Transportation winner Grid Test. He is also currently teaching graduate Entrepreneurship at Stanford and graduate Sustainability at Notre Dame De Namur Universities.
In industry, David worked for Tektronix in Oregon, managing new software ventures and design automation venture investments. In Silicon Valley, he advised strategy teams including HP divisions, Andersen-Consulting, Apple Computer, and smaller new ventures. He also worked for Strategos management consultants on transforming companies and industries. Strategos strategy clients include Nokia, GE Capital, Applied Materials, HP and Royal Dutch Shell.His government experience includes a Navy career in combat information systems program management and computer technology research management with the Office of Naval Research – developing joint R&D projects across Europe. David is currently Cleantech Open national strategic relationships chair and past national mentor program chair.
Every business, technology and want-a-be brand, requires a clear narrative because investors, partners, potential customers and social media reward clarity of message. For more than 25 years, Douglas Molitor has helped entrepreneurs develop distinct messaging and differentiation to gain investors and markets. Molitor works with companies to identify and attract early customers and additional funding. His passion is clean water and all the tributary science and engineering involved. He enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs helping them to get an idea to market. Douglas Molitor has been a mentor, moot judge and business plan coach with the CleanTech Open since its inception.
Ian has 24 years of experience in technology oriented businesses at 3M, including marketing across regions, strategic planning, joint ventures, acquisitions, alliances, technology acquisition, and venture capital. He was responsible for start-up and market development of a product line in Asia-Pacific as well as introducing a new-to-the world product line across regions. He has launched several products over the years using structured phase gate processes. His educational background includes Chemical Engineering, Marketing, and Finance; he has also been trained and has applied Six Sigma to solving business problems.
He has been involved with the Midwest Region Cleantech Open since its inception in 2010 in several activities across each year, including recruiting, and mentoring.
Jeff’ Carpenter is the founder of Bird Dog Innovation Strategies, a provider of due diligence, tech scouting, and strategic partnering services to innovators, investors and small to mid-sized companies. His technology commercialization experience includes product development for a clean tech start-up; nearly 10 years in university technology transfer; tech scout for a medical device company; and commercialization planning , due diligence, and strategic partnering support for entrepreneurs, investors, and technology acquirers. His expertise includes market and competitor analysis, strategic patenting, partner identification and vetting, patent valuation, and license negotiation. Jeff is a Certified Licensing Professional.
Jeff is deeply involved in the Cleantech Open, a leading nationwide clean technology business accelerator, leading their investor and partners program both nationally and in the Midwest Region.
Jeff holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology; and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Forestry. After receiving his doctorate, Jeff worked for 15 months as a Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate.
John is the head of innovation at Cabot Corporation, a global Nanotechnology company that serves various industries. In this role, he leads a core team whose mission is to increase the innovative capacity of the organization through strategy, customer engagement, new-product development, knowledge exchange, collaboration, and portfolio optimization.
Prior to Cabot, John worked as a management consultant where assisted clients in all areas of corporate and business unit strategy development and implementation including market segmentation, new product development, retail & commercial optimization, and market expansion. John holds an MSc in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the UM Ross School of Business.
Joy Montgomery is a business consultant in Northern California. She helps small businesses, small manufacturers, and startups increase profits, improve quality, and streamline production. If they have no system in place, she helps them build one. Joy’s presentation at an APICS International Conference, “Reality Check – Improving Productivity with Effective Communication,” drew a standing room only crowd. Joy applies the same analytical and communication skills she uses in business coaching to career coaching, especially for people in transition. For the Clean Tech Open, the largest clean technology accelerator in the world, she is the Mentor Chair for the Western Region.
Kiran Jethwa is the Managing Partner at Fumase, LLC, a Global Project Developer and an EPC Company (www.fumase.com ). Fumase is focused on Energy Generation (conventional and renewable), Energy Storage, Water (waste water treatment, water desalination), Clean Technology (waste conversion, LED, Energy Efficiency). Fumase is working on projects all over the world, including Solar, Wind and Waste Water Monitoring projects in India; Solar, Biomass and Energy Efficiency retrofit projects in Malaysia/Singapore; Biomass and mini-Hydro projects in Latin America and Waste Water Treatment projects in USA.
Laura Draxler, MBA, MSE, Founder/CEO at The CodeLab, has led technology teams in clean tech, software and biotech for 10+ years. Laura has managed teams across multiple functional areas and shipped a variety of systems and software at Fortune 500 and early stage companies, most recently in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and wastewater treatment/recycling. For the past 5+ years, Laura has provided executive-level leadership and project management for clean energy start-ups. As CEO of start-up ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Laura accelerated ZERE’s biomass waste-to-renewable energy business, advanced biofuels technology with NREL, and was awarded grant funding. At Cleantech Open, she has held multiple program chair roles and has been an advisor to start-ups HelioBioSys, MaterialMix, Enfocus, and BioFiltro. At Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, she has led partner development of Ultra Low Energy devices. Laura is also a judge for national, academic, and government competitions in engineering, renewable energy, and environmental sciences. Laura is a graduate of the UC Berkeley-Columbia Business School Executive M.B.A. Program. She received her M.S. in Engineering from Santa Clara University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Laura currently serves on the Board of Directors of ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Inc.
With more than 30 years of broad-based experience, Mark P. Borman is a CFO and Board member. Borman has helped companies achieve strategic growth, profitability, cash-flow, capital-raising, and valuation goals. His passion for growing technology companies ranges from startup, private equity, IPO to publicly traded companies. He has a reputation of good corporate governance and credibility with investors. Borman raised $7.5 billion in four IPOs and eight other offerings to finance rapid growth and strategic transformations through a leveraged buyout to liquidity events and numerous acquisitions.
Borman brings the best of small-company entrepreneurial passion and larger-company disciplines. In addition to the valuable experience he gained working with entrepreneurs and their startups in 2009 to present, Borman has experience with global, NASDAQ- and NYSE-listed companies in various executive and financial roles. During his career, Borman has held positions with ADC Telecommunications, General Instrument Corporation, First Chicago Corporation, FMC Corporation, Price Waterhouse, and KPMG. Mr. Borman received his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst and has experience as an advisor, board member, faculty, speaker, and mentor.
Mike Freier is Founder and President of the Product Management Consulting Group. He has 25 years of experience with high-tech companies, including more than a decade in product management and product marketing roles. Mr. Freier was a mentor at the Cleantech Open for 4 years and a judge at the Global Forum. He was also President of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association and served 2 years on the MIT-Stanford (VLAB) executive planning committee.
Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.S. in Engineering with an emphasis on product design and development.
With a passion for mentoring, entrepreneurship and the environment (as the result of my education in Oceanography), since 2010 I have applied my energies in these areas to the Cleantech Open Northeast Region Mentor Committee, as its Chair since 2012. I am currently the Co-founder and COO of Dreamech Corporation, a start-up venture which provides innovative “connected car” vehicle data solutions to the automotive industry. Prior to that, I worked for LoJack Corporation in a variety of operational roles over 22 years initially helping start up the company as the fifth employee, opening its largest domestic markets in Southern California and the New York Area, and then with the company’s international division as the Vice President of International Operations, supporting global entrepreneurs and opening up more than 25 territories around the world. Pro-Bono work includes acting as a general and business development mentor to teams in the Cleantech Open and MassChallenge business accelerator competitions, for companies in the MIT Enterprise Forum MentorSmart program, and at Northshore Innoventures. Founder and Board member of the Quincy Center for Innovation, a regional technology incubator. Judge for MA Clean Energy Council Catalyst and InnovateMass Awards. Peer review panelist for UMass Technology Transfer Center and MA Technology Leadership Council. Advisory Board member for several start-ups in the cleantech, e-commerce and location aware mobile application industries.
Rajan Kasetty has a diverse and rich background of over 35 years as a CEO, entrepreneur. Rajan’s entrepreneurial and CEO level experience includes setting up and running engineering, R&D, consulting services and manufacturing in India, USA, Puerto Rico and Canada, in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering Services, GIS, Manufacturing, Alternative Energy, Controls and Power Systems.
Most recently Rajan has been the Co-Founder and CEO of Terrafore, a technology development and consulting company in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Terrfaore has done pioneering R&D work in the area of high temperature solar thermal energy storage, in addition to consulting for large CSP and PV installations.
Rajan’s earlier entrepreneurial ventures were in marketing, manufacturing, power distribution and controls.
Rajan has been living in California since 1999. He was a Member of the High Tech Task Force of the City of Riverside, a Board Member of Smart Riverside and a Member of Riverside Technology CEO Forum. He mentors several startup ventures in Northern and Southern California and serves as a counselor for TriTech SBDC. He volunteers with the Clean Tech Open as a competition judge and mentor for participating startups.
Rebekah is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years experience in a wide range of capital market activities. She has been a consultant on strategy, funding and finance to a variety of start-ups, small businesses and non-profits that pursue environmentally and socially responsible strategies with an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.
An entrepreneur herself, Rebekah founded a workforce housing non-profit in Idaho and has co-founded 2 other socially responsible new ventures. She continues to volunteer as an advisor to start-ups and small businesses through her association with the Clean Tech Open and Pacific Community Ventures.
Meet Staci (Davis) Holt, Chief Event Strategist. She has been creating successful events for almost 20 years throughout the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland. Her wide range of experience includes medical, corporate, social and nonprofit events. She currently teaches in the Event Planning Program at Emily Griffith Technical College.
In her spare time, Staci enjoys teaching power vinyasa yoga, going to local events with friends, shopping for mad discounts, soaking up time in the Rocky Mountains, participating in her church community and spending time with her husband and stepson. A good glass of red wine is necessary every now and then, too.
Tim is a PR and marketing consultant who specializes in boosting the presence and stature of emerging companies in the cleantech, energy efficiency, and connected home sectors. He has been closely involved with the Cleantech Open for five years, initially providing business mentoring services to semifinalists and alumni companies before taking on the role of PR chair. Tim also sponsors the winners of the Cleantech Open Accelerator each year, providing them with PR services to help get them off the ground. He is located in Silicon Valley, where his PR firm, ZingPR, is based. His background is senior marketing roles at Apple, Autodesk and Schlumberger.
Tim Hoffman has over 18 years of experience providing consulting and investment banking services to a wide range of clients.
Tim is currently a Managing Director at both Green Owl Advisers, a consulting firm that provides financial and strategic consulting services, and Watts Capital, LLC, an investment banking firm that provides capital raising and M&A advisory services to renewable energy and cleantech companies.
Tim is the NYC Metro Director for the Cleantech Open, where he was awarded National Mentor of the Year 2012, Northeast Volunteer of the Year 2013 and National Volunteer of the Year 2013. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at NYSERDA and as a mentor to PowerBridgeNY.Tim earned two B.A. degrees from Indiana University and an M.A.E. from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.
Tom Kosnik is a Consulting Professor at Stanford Engineering, Department of Management Science and Engineering. He is also a consulting faculty member for National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges Program in Silicon Valley and the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. His current Stanford courses include Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program. He also teaches New Venture Creation for National University of Singapore. Tom designs and delivers workshops to entrepreneurs and business and government leaders. His latest books are Gear up: Bring Business Opportunities to Life! and Business Creation, an interactive book + workbook + workshop + digital toolkit + a community of Gear Up Global Black Belts to help entrepreneurs create new markets or disrupting existing markets.
Uma is a seasoned marketing communications expert and excels at all aspects of brand building and is passionate about helping her clients stand out. Her business experience includes running global communications programs at Fortune 500 companies to giving start-ups a new brand identity. As CEO of Vistaara Marketing Communications, Uma works with clients across a broad spectrum of industries ranging from high tech and clean tech to law and consumer.
Uma’s dual passion for environmental issues and helping clean tech innovation resulted in her volunteering in a variety of roles at the Cleantech Open, most recently as the 2012 National Co-Chair of the Alumni Program. She is the proud recipient of Cleantech Open’s first Volunteer of the Year Award (2009).
Vinesh Mehta is a member of the Cleantech Open’s national business development team. His responsibilities include sponsorship development, sales and marketing operations, and investor events management.
Vinesh has over 15 years of experience in the high-tech and cleantech sectors. Prior to joining the team he was head of business development and operations at Suntulit – an energy efficiency startup that was also a national finalist in the 2010 Cleantech Open competition as well as a winner of the 2011 GE Ecomagination Prize.
Vinesh holds a BS with distinction in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Yuet Lee is a business and technology consultant focusing on clean tech projects. He is currently advising several startup companies in the energy efficiency and green building industry sectors. He has been a Cleantech Open volunteer since 2008, as a mentor and most recently also as a Metro Director. Yuet has over two decades of achievement in technology and business for the communications industry. In his last and most recent corporate role, he led business development for Nortel – evaluating wireless, optical and enterprise data technologies and products, assessing business opportunities, building business cases, closing partnerships and investments with external companies. At Pacific Bell/SBC prior to Nortel, he managed successful introductions of broadband/IP networks, directed network architecture planning activities and the data products verification lab. He started his career leading network planning and engineering at Bell Labs/Bellcore. Yuet has a Ph. D. in Mathematics from MIT and has also completed an executive management program at the Kellogg Business School.
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