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Since 2017, The VMT has served as a venue for over 100 presentations from business leaders, attorneys, educational organizations, heads of incubator and accelerator programs and more. These professionals are given the opportunity to address our complete group of mentors, comprising a network of many thousands of contacts in industries of all types and sizes.

January 12, 2022

Daniel Kleinman

Founder & CEO, Seaworthy Collective

Linkedin

Greg Brodsky

Co-Director, Start.coop

Linkedin

Kevin Cox

Senior Instructor & Assistant Director, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Linkedin

December 15, 2021

Aliya R. Aaron, MSHS, BSN, RN

Founder/CEO, Nursing Innovation Hub (NIHUB)

Linkedin

November 17, 2021

Georges Duplessy

Co-Founder, Virtual Badge

Linkedin

Mac Alabre

Chief Exeuctive Officer, Lien Library

Linkedin

Asoka Veeravagu

VP of Product & Experience, Refraction, Al.

Linkedin

Ron Rosenzweig

A tribute to Jack Killion

October 13, 2021

Shana Ostrovitz

Executive Director, 1909

Linkedin

 Molly Pyle

   Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Manager, Center on Rural Innovation

  Linkedin

       September 15, 2021

      Brian Breslin

     Director- The Launch Pad, University of Miami

     Linkedin

August 18, 2021

Nicholas Kukucka

Director of Programs, Watson Institute at Lynn University

Linkedin

Patricia Young

Assistant Director of Programs, Nova Innovation Center

Linkedin

July 14, 2021

Onega Ulanova

Partner, LA New Product Development Team

Linkedin

Christina Urdaneta

Program Manager-WIN Global, Babson College

Linkedin

Roxette Miranda

Managing Director, The LAB Miami

Linkedin

June 16, 2021

Monica Rojas

Membership & Inclusion Specialist, Tech Hub South Florida

Linkedin

May 12, 2021

Imran Siddiqui

District Director- BCEx (Broward College)

Linkedin

March 17, 2021

John Wensveen

Chief Innovation Officer, Nova Southeastern University & Executive Director, Alan B. Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation

Linkedin

Steve Edwards

Managing Partner, Premier Virtual

Linkedin

February 17, 2021

Kevin Cox

Senior Instructor & Assistant Director, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Linkedin

September 16, 2020

Hinda Miller

Founder, Deforest Concepts

Linkedin

David Spinola

Chief Financial Officer, SproutLoud Media Networks

Linkedin

James Irvine

Director- Florida Chapter, Founder Institute

Linkedin

John Wensveen

Chief Innovation Officer, Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Linkedin

Ron Tarro

Board Director, New World Angels

Linkedin

August 20, 2020

Anna Etienne

Program Director- Food Incubator, Florida International University (FIU)

Linkedin

Walter Bond

CEO, Walter Bond Worldwide

Linkedin

July 15, 2020

Nicholas Kukucka

Adjunct Professor, Lynn University

Linkedin

Nelson Pizarro

Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Linkedin

Shakeia Kegler

CEO/Founder, GovLia

Linkedin

Dave Chitester

Founder, Florida Seedfunders

Linkedin

April 30, 2020

Imran Siddiqui

District Director- BCEx, Broward College

Linkedin

Michael Thomas

IT Audit Manager, The ODP Corporation

Linkedin

Henry R. Mack III

The Florida Departmenet of Education, Chancellor

Linkedin

Lauren Harper

Founding Director, Social Venture Partners

Linkedin

Allison Miller

CEO/Founder, Happy Camper Live

Linkedin

February 12, 2020

Steven Edwards

Managing Partner, Premier Virtual

Linkedin

Kevin Burgoyne

President & CEO, Florida Venture Forum

Linkedin

Jeff Camp

Founding Managing Director, University of Miami (UM)

Linkedin

Barbara Cotto

Program Director, StartUP FIU

Linkedin

Siri Terjesen

External Relations, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Linkedin

January 14, 2020

Claudia Duran 

Managing Director, Endeavor Miami

Linkedin

Zachary Stein 

Advisor, Florida Funders

Linkedin

Rita Shea-Van Fossen

Associate Professor of Management, Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Linkedin

December 11, 2019

Lisa Delman

Director, Broward College

Linkedin

Douglas Saenz

Start-Up Now Program Manager, CareerSource Broward

Linkedin

Patricia Kneski

Community Manager, General Provision Work Club

Linkedin

Imran Siddiqui

District Director- BCEx, Broward College

Linkedin

November 13, 2019

Shana Ostrovitz

Executive Director, 1909

Linkedin

Rita Shea-Van Fossen

Associate Professor of Management, Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Linkedin

October 14, 2019

Nathaniel Vasel

Principal, Las Olas Venture Capital

Linkedin

May 15, 2019

Norman Ortiz

Founder/CEO, iGenApps

Linkedin

Gaida Zirkelbach

Co-Founder & CEO, SustainaBase

Linkedin

Shana Ostrovitz

Program Director, 1909

Linkedin

Bob Fitts

Founder & Producer, The StartUp Expo (SUP-X)

Linkedin

April 10, 2019

Matthew Lutin

National Sales Director, Cedar Health Science

Linkedin

Michael Daniels

Founder/CEO, Fayr

Linkedin

Saxon Baum

Director of Investor Relations, Florida Funders

Linkedin

March 13, 2019

Michael Daniels

Founder/CEO, Fayr

Linkedin

Giana Pacinelli

Marketing Director, CP Group

Linkedin

February 13, 2019

Dan Grech

Founder/CEO, BizHack Academy

Linkedin

Monica Van Tassel

Senior Wealth Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Linkedin

December 12, 2018

Krystal Kunyue Zheng

Founder/CEO, ARVISL Future

Linkedin

November 13, 2018

Mario Aguayo

Software Engineer, cBlocks

Linkedin

Cristian Rapanga

Founder, Fitter

Linkedin

Luis Carbonell

Founder & CTO, Liquid Carrot

Linkedin

Ann Paton

Vice President, The Kannico Agency

Linkedin

Nathaniel Vasel

Principal, Las Olas Venture Capital

Linkedin

September 11, 2018

Kathy Chiu

Founding Managing Partner, DeepWork Capital

Linkedin

Ana Gonzalez

Head of Miami, 500 Global

Linkedin

July 18, 2018

Lauren Harper

Founding Director, Social Venture Partners

Linkedin

Yenvy Truong

Founder/CEO, HealthSnap

Linkedin

May 16, 2018

Marc Lissade

Lead Event Organizer, Techstars Startup Weekend

Linkedin

Michael Giallombardo

President/Owner, Total Intelligence Group

Linkedin

April 17, 2018

Janice Haley

CEO/Founder, Tone-Y-Bands

Linkedin

Kathy Chiu

Founding Managing Partner, DeepWork Capital

Linkedin

Bob Williamson

Entrepreneur in Residence UM Office of Tech Transfer, University of Miami (UM)

Linkedin

Rebecca Danta

Managing Director, Miami Angels

Linkedin

March 20, 2018

Shakeia Kegler

CEO/Founder, GovLia

Linkedin

Janice Haley

CEO/Founder, Tone-Y-Bands

Linkedin

February 21, 2018

Claudio Sorrentino

CEO/Founder, Body Details

Linkedin

Kevin Cox

Senior Instructor & Assistant Director, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Linkedin

Cheryl Babcock

Lecturer, Nova Southeastern University (NOVA)

Linkedin

January 15, 2018

Mark Volchek

Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital

Linkedin

December 19, 2017

Pedro Moras

Co-Founder, PetMio

Linkedin

Amber Jackson

Director of Operations, Athenian Venture Partners

Linkedin

November 15, 2017

Yenvy Truong

Founder/CEO, HealthSnap

Linkedin

Aaron Caplan

Founder/CEO, Roomaters

Linkedin

October 20, 2017

Cheryl Babcock

Lecturer, Nova Southeastern University (NOVA)

Linkedin

September 20, 2017

Brian Niles

Co-Founder/CEO, Rooster

Linkedin

Vanessa Zabala

Adjunct Professor, Social Entrepreneurship & Technological Entrepreneurship, University of Central Florida (UCF)

Linkedin

Rachel Johnson

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Johnson & Oshan Law PLLC (J&O Law)

Linkedin

July 18, 2017

Asoka Veeravagu

CEO & Co-Founder, REVOLVE Technology

Linkedin

Kathy Eggleston

NOVA

June 21, 2017

Kate Sackman

CEO & Founder, The Zenovation Group

Linkedin

Mark Volchek

Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital

Linkedin

May 17, 2017

Joe Russo

Co-Founder, 1909

Linkedin

Beth Johnston

Senior Director Business Development SFL Region, Florida Blue

Linkedin

March 14, 2017

Tom Tworoger

Professor and Department Head, Nova Southeastern University

Linkedin

February 20, 2017

Amber Jackson

Director of Operations, Athenian Venture Partners

Linkedin

Florida Atlantic University

The path taken by entrepreneurs is never a straight line and is full of twists and turns that often require expertise and guidance from professionals outside of the organization. We at 2nd Vault could not be more grateful and appreciative of the time and knowledge provided to us by the Venture Mentoring Team. Every minute spent with our mentoring team is time well spent and invested. The VMT mentoring team is a perfectly crafted group of professionals that all have meaningful direction and insights to provide. The VMT mentors keep us focused on what is in front of us systematically, helping to lead our company to scale. We feel so fortunate to have been selected as mentees of the VMT and hope to pay it forward in the future.  Thank you for all you do and the impact you have on start-up founders, as there is no price one could ever assign to the value we have received.

Kevin C. Cox, phD, MSE

Senior Instructor and Assistant Director

Elevate Together

Office Depot initiated the Elevate Together program in 2021 partnering with The Venture Mentoring Team, the National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to deliver impactful, measurable and scalable support services that foster business creation and growth opportunities for Black and Hispanic businesses.

It has been an honor to partner with the Venture Mentoring Team during Elevate Together’s launch and early stages. Their mentoring methodology and training set a high bar, and their mentors have been invaluable to our Elevate Together grant recipients.

We look forward to the VMT’s continued work with Urban League affiliates, Hispanic Chambers and other community partners to provide mentoring services to minority-owned small businesses as they grow and expand their mentoring services.

Sharu Goodwyn

National Manager, Community Investment, Elevate Together

Alex Price

National Director, Community Investment / Co-Leader, Diversity Council