Featured Speakers

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

Dan Aerni

Director, Entrepreneurial Talent, JumpStart

David Aheimer

Founder, Artwall

Jonathan Anderson

Vice President of Franchise Development, Handyman Connection

Moty Avisar

CEO and Co-founder, Surgical Theater

Elyse Ball

CFO, Akron Ascent Innovations

Kris Beck

Chief Operating Officer, Proformex

Cathy Belk

Cathy Belk

President, JumpStart

Laura Bennett

Founder, Gosling’s Leap

Jodi Leigh Berg, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Vitamix

EbaNee Bond

Program Coordinator, Bounce Innovation Hub

Alan Brenner

Principal, A. S. Brenner Consulting

Yuval Brisker

CEO & President, Mezu, Inc.

Ed Buchholz

Director, Start In CLE

Luis Carrion

Intellectual Property Attorney, Renner Otto

Scott Colosimo

Founder, Cleveland Cyclewerks

Brandon Cornuke

VP of Startup Services, MAGNET

George Curran

Senior Account Manager, Bezlio

Brian Deagan

Brian Deagan

Co-founder, CompanionLabs

Evan Delahanty

Evan Delahanty

Founder & CEO, Peaceful Fruits

Eric C. Diamond

Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen

Nicole Dzurko

Founder, Revival Body Care

Alysha Ellis

Co-founder, Freshly Rooted

Jason Estremera

Jason Estremera

Associate Director, Hispanic Business Center

Mina Fahim

Senior R&D Engineer, Medtronic

Todd Federman

Managing Director, North Coast Venture Fund and North Coast Angel Fund

Hannah Fleishman

Inbound Recruiting Manager at HubSpot

Angela C. Flowers, MSSA, LISW,

Co-founder, Making A Difference Consulting

Larry Fulton

Founder, LEFCO Worthington

Sam Gerace

CEO, Convey

Shelly Gracon

Owner & Curator, GLO Cleveland

Raymond Graves

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office

Catheryn Greene

Founder, Cathy’s: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Merle Griff

Founder, SarahCare

Jon Grimm

Senior Venture Partner, JumpStart

Doug Groh

Director, CinyTech

Rakesh Guha

Co-organizer, StartInCLE

Rem Harris

Senior Partner, Investing, JumpStart

Andy Halko

Founder, Insivia

Daniel J. Hampu

New Ventures Manager, University of Akron Research Foundation

Gerald Hetrick

CEO, EmployStream

Constance Hill-Johnson

Owner and Managing Director, Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services, Cleveland

James Hilton

Co-founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

Jack Hilton

Co-founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

Travis Holoway

CEO and Co-founder, SoLo Funds Inc.

Anthony Hughes

Co-founder & CEO, Tech Elevator

Shanelle Johnson

Deal Flow Analyst, JumpStart

Gerri Kahnweiler

Founding Partner, InvestHER Ventures

Adam Kaufman

Advisor, Executive and Convener

Austin Kettner

Austin Kettner

Co-founder & Program Mentor, The Bit Factory

Don Larson

Founder, The Gorilla Group

Ray Leach

Ray Leach

CEO, JumpStart

David Levine

Co-founder & President, Ring Beams

Charlie Lougheed

Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Shannon Lyons

Shannon Lyons

EVP and COO, Flashstarts

Tammy Lyons

Founder, Inner Bliss Yoga Studios


Lamont Mackley

Partner, Core City Services & Outreach, JumpStart

Carla Macklin

Founder, Alium Adaptive Apparel

Mike Malley

Chairman, Malley’s Chocolate

Cortney Marchetti

Cortney Marchetti

Director of Talent Management, OverDrive, Inc.

Nicholas Marco

Regional Developer of Ohio, Hand & Stone Massage

Pete Martin

Founder and CEO, Votem

Rebecca Mayhew

Relationship Manager, Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)

William McCormick

William McCormick, MBA, CEBS

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Financial Group

Erin Horne McKinney

Managing Partner, Inclusion, JumpStart

Stephen McHale

Stephen J. McHale

Serial Entrepreneur

Tiffany McNamara

Director of Outreach, Sears thinkbox

Carol Miller

Vice President, Corporate Innovation, American Greetings

Le’Anna Miller

Founder & CEO, Baby Munch Organics

Scott Mueller

CEO, Dealer Tire

Christie Murdoch

Founder, Banyan Tree

Michael Obi

Chairman and CEO, Spectrum Global Solutions, Inc.

Brittany Neish

Senior Social Media Strategist, Moen Incorporated

Frank A. Papay, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Clay Rankin

Manager, North Coast Angel Fund

Cheryl Perez

Founder & President, BIG-HR

Shelley Pippin

Founder, Brewnuts

Beth Potratz

Founder and CEO, Drive My Way, Inc.

Lee Poseidon

Venture Partner, JumpStart

Mark Richey

Vice President, BioEnterprise

Michael Riemer

CEO, AR Imaging

Zeke Rodriguez

Franchise Consultant, The Franchise Consulting Company

Stuart Rosenberg

Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, 1848 Ventures, backed by Westfield

Nicole Sims

Partner, Inclusion Initiatives, JumpStart

Arif Sitabkhan

Director of Innovation and Strategy, Nestle Foods Division

Jessica Shinholster

Founder, Your Independence, Inc.

Rik Shorten

Co-founder, BioflightVR

Christopher Smith

Deal Flow Associate, JumpStart

Michal Soclof

Principal, Matrix Equities, LLC

Steve Stovall

Vice President of Business Development Manager, Benetrends, Inc.

Jessica Sublett

Chief Operating Officer, Bounce Innovation Hub

Jonathon Vinocur

Jonathon Vinocur

Partner, Early Stage & Emerging Companies Group, Thompson Hine LLP

Darshan Vyas

Managing Partner & Co-founder, LOUD Capital

Audrey Wallace

Co-Founder, Komae

Douglas Weintraub

CEO, Bounce Innovation Hub

Kristy Whittaker

Sales Team Leader, KeyBank

William A. Whittenberger, BSME, MBA, PE

Site and Technology Director (Retired), Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, Inc.

Tiwanna Scott Williams, BSN, RN

Owner, PearlFlower Catering

Waverly Willis

Founder, Urban Kutz

Monique Woodard

Venture Capital Investor

Marian Wright

President, Wrightside Consulting

Lee Zapis

President, Zapis Capital Group