Featured Speakers

Our exciting lineup of featured speakers includes entrepreneurs, investors and executives from the Bay Area, in addition to some of Northeast Ohio’s most influential economic development thought leaders and brightest entrepreneurial minds.

Brendan Anderson

Brendan Anderson

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Evolution Capital Partners

Alex Bard

Partner & Early Stage Investor, Redpoint Ventures

Robin Doerschuk

Robin Doerschuk

Founder, The Women’s Leadership Conference of NEO

Shibani Faehnle

Owner, Bombay Taxi LLC

Xyla Foxlin

CEO & Founder, Parihug

John Gadd

John Gadd

President & CEO of Hotcards.com

Rem Harris

Senior Partner, Investing, JumpStart

Jack Hilton

Jack Hilton

Co-Founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

James Hilton

James Hilton

Co-Founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

Renita Jefferson

Renita Jefferson

Director of Talent Acquisition, American Greetings

Austin Kettner

Austin Kettner

Co-Founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

Rob Krolik

Rob Krolik

Former CFO, Yelp

Gary Kunkle

Gary Kunkle, PhD

Economist, Data Scientist, Thought Leader on Sustained Growth

Ray Leach

Ray Leach

CEO, JumpStart

Shannon Lyons

Shannon Lyons

EVP and COO, Flashstarts

Cortney Marchetti

Cortney Marchetti

HR Strategy Consultant, Leadership Coach, Ampersand Consulting

Mike Marchetti

Mike Marchetti

Venture Partner, JumpStart

Stephen McHale

Stephen McHale

Serial Entrepreneur

LaRese Purnell

Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm

Paul Roetzer

Paul Roetzer

Founder & CEO, PR 20/20

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Co-founder, NOOMA

Pamela Springer

President & CEO, ORIS Intelligence

Bill Trainor

Co-Founder, Mutual Capital Partners

Kate Volzer

Co-Founder & CEO, Wisr

Liz Todia

Liz Todia

Analyst, Mutual Capital Partners

John Locke

Partner, Accel

Dan Manges

Dan Manges

CTO, Root

Janet Makepeace

Angel Investor

Tiffani Tucker

Tiffani Tucker

Founder, Have a Slice

Shawn Leitner

Shawn Leitner

eCommerce Product Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Gordon Daily

CEO & Co-Founder, BoxCast

Scott Shane

Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Paul McAvinchey

Co-Founder, Product Collective

Mike Belsito

Co-Founder, Product Collective

Jacob Sheridan

CEO, TPA Stream

Carey Jaros

Chief Strategy Officer, GOJO

Jonathon Vinocur

Jonathon Vinocur

Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Jason Estremera

Jason Estremera

Associate Director, Hispanic Business Center

Chris Powell

Chris Powell

Chief Executive Officer, Talmetrix

Courtney Gras

Courtney Gras

Executive Director, Launch League

SueAnn Naso

SueAnn Naso

President, Staffing Solutions Enterprises

Michael Jeans

Michael Jeans

President, Growth Opportunity Partners

Jim Benton

Jim Benton

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, ClearSlide

AJ Hyland

A.J. Hyland

Retired, President & CEO, Hyland Software

Anjua Maximo

Anjua Maximo

Founder, The Electric Life & Co-Owner, GrooveRyde

Gene Groys

Gene Groys

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Youngstown Business Incubator

Aaron Grossman

Aaron Grossman,

Founder & CEO, Alliance Solutions Group

Dominic Litten

Dominic Litten

Chief Marketing Officer, Budget Dumpster

Patty Ajdukiewicz

Patty Ajdukiewicz

Economic and Community Development Institute

Adam Kaufman

Advisor, Executive and Entrepreneur

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

CEO, 7Signal

Alan Ware

Alan Ware

Director of Resources, The Fresh Impact Network

David Hunegnaw

David Hunegnaw

Founder, BYLINED, Partner, LOUD Capital

Anthony Reynolds

Anthony Reynolds

Co-Founder & CMO, Refill

Elizabeth Brake

Elizabeth Brake

Director of Ohio, Venture for America

Victor Peroni

Victor Peroni

Chief Financial Officer, GenomOncology

Diana Selzer

Diana Selzer

Commercial Banker

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

Co-Founder NaturAll Club, VFA Cleveland 2013

Bill Su

Bill Su

Co-Founder Humanlytics, VFA Cleveland 2016

Tonya Kinlow

Tonya Kinlow

Founder & CEO, UGottaEat

Andy Nielsen

Andy Nielsen

CEO, Everything But The House

Jeff Leo Herrmann

Jeff Leo Herrmann

Founder & President, Madison, Michigan & Market

Steve Millard

Executive Director, COSE

Alexandra Pagan

Alexandra Pagan

Co-Owner, The Old San Juan Jewelers Inc

Douglas Katz

Douglas Katz

Owner & Executive Chef, fire food and drink

Evan Delahanty

Evan Delahanty

Founder & CEO, Peaceful Fruits

Kira Heeley

Kira Heeley

Founder & Owner, CLE Threads

Jessica Colombi

Jessica Colombi

Executive Director of Career Services, Cleveland State University

Charlie Lougheed

Charlie Lougheed

Co-Founder, Explorys, an IBM Watson Company

Alonzo edmundo

Alonzo Edmundo

Founder & CEO, GetCR8V

Sharlene Chesnes

Sharlene Ramos-Chesnes

Co-Founder, President & CEO, InterChez

William McCormick

William McCormick, MBA, CEBS

President & CEO, Vantage Benefit Advisors, CEO, Vantage Financial Group

Kris Snyder

Kris Snyder

CEO, Vox Mobile

Brian Ellis

Brian Ellis

Sales Manager, Bezlio

Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson

Director, Minority Business Assistance Center

Mike Dougherty

Mike Dougherty

Founder, SmartMulch

Valerie Mayen

Valerie Mayen

Owner & Designer, Yellowcake

Cathy Belk

Cathy Belk

President, JumpStart

Jackie Wachter

Jackie Wachter

Founder, FOUNT

Brandon Cornuke

Brandon Cornuke

VP of Startup Services, MAGNET

Carrie Murphy

Carrie Murphy

Director of Talent Acquisition & HR, Vertical Knowledge

Yvonne Campos

Yvonne Campos

President, Next Act Fund LLC, Founder & CEO, Campos Inc

Lynn-Ann Gries

Lynn-Ann Gries

Chief Investment Officer & Venture Investor, Early Stage Partners

Dan Fernback

Dan Fernback

CEO, JuggerBot 3D

Abigail Dressler

Abigail Dressler

Talent Acquisition Manager, OnShift

Ron Sable

Rob Sable

Founder & CTO, EmployStream

Hardik-Desai

Hardik Desai

Partner, Investing, JumpStart

Anne Richie JumpStart

Anne Richie

Venture Partner, JumpStart

lamont-mackley

Lamont Mackley

Principal, Entrepreneurial Services and Investing, JumpStart

Miguel Zubizarreta

Miguel Zubizarreta

Former EVP & CTO, Hyland Software

Brian Deagan

Brian Deagan

Serial Entrepreneur

Charles Stack

Charles Stack

Co-Founder & CEO, Flashstarts

Elyse Ball

Assistant Counsel, University of Akron Research Foundation

Alan Glazen

Alan Glazen

Founder, GlazenUrban

Claude Booker

Claude Booker

Founder & President, Simply Southern Sides

Ethan Holmes

Ethan Holmes

Founder & CEO, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce

Fady Chamoun

Fady Chamoun

Owner, Aladdin’s Eatery

Daniel O'Malia

Daniel O’Malia

Business Banking Relationship Manager, KeyBank

Claude Zoghzoghi

Claude Zoghzoghi

Financial Analyst, Latitude Airlines

Mark Jenney

Co-Founder, RVshare

Jessica Sublett, JD, LLM

Akron Global Business Accelerator

John McIlwraith

John McIlwraith

Co-Founder, Allos Ventures