Founder Institute Mentors

Chicago Spring 2019

The Founder Institute carefully recruits 20-40 Mentors per semester, and we typically only accept Mentors that have built or led fast-growth technology businesses.  

Our Mentors lead the weekly training sessions, and their mandate is to help our participants by sharing their experience, outlining the latest tactics, and providing critical feedback on your progress. In addition, through the Founder Institute's Equity Collective, Mentors are invested in the success of your company both during and after the program, and many have become formal advisors and investors to our Graduates. 

Mentors

Aaron

Aaron Dallek

VP of Operations and Sales, MD Metals
Adam

Adam Siegel

Founder, Cultivate Labs
Adeo

Adeo Ressi

Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
Aditya

Aditya Nath

Executive Director, Tada Cognitive Solutions
Aidan

Aidan Salvi

Founder, Wesapi Technologies
Ajay

Ajay Goel

Founder and CEO, JangoMail
Alex

Alex Batdorf

Co-Founder & CMO, ZipFit Denim
Alex

Alex Campbell

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vibes
Alex

Alex Glenn

Founder, Automated.af
Alex

Alex Bratton

CEO & Founder, Lextech Global Services
Andrew

Andrew Lee

CEO, Esper
Anton

Anton Dy Buncio

Founder, funsherpa.com
Art

Art Roldan

Former CEO & Chairman, ISD Corporation
Ashish

Ashish Rangnekar

CEO & Co-Founder, BenchPrep
Bart

Bart Carlson

CEO, Napersoft
Brett

Brett Holland

Partner, Old Willow Partners
Charles

Charles Kwon

Managing Partner, Concitor
Chris

Chris Sorensen

Founder & CEO, Lake Forest Venture Management
Cory

Cory Warfield

CEO, ShedWool
Dan

Dan Ushman

Co-Founder, SingleHop, Inc.
Daniel

Daniel McCormick

Founder, Kapow
Daniel

Daniel Roberts

CEO, Scout Security Inc.
David

David Culver

Co-Founder, VentureSHOT
David

David Douglas

Founder & CEO, Yolobe Inc.
David

David Hurst

CEO, Orbital Transports
David

David A. Rosen

CEO, TechX Foundry
David

David Zaretsky

CEO, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder, Snips Media
David

David Pessis

Co-Founder and CTO, Fippex
David

David Pike

President, New York Trolley Company
Derek

Derek Beckmann

Managing Director, CampusBridge Solutions
Desiree

Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Founder, Pearachute and GiveForward
Don

Don Bora

Principal Technology/Owner and Co-Founder, Eight Bit Studios
Ed

Ed Scanlan

Chief Executive, Bridge Legal
Emerson

Emerson Spartz

CEO, Dose
Eric

Eric Broughton

General Manager, Multifamily, Expedia Group
Erik

Erik Severinghaus

VP, Rise Interactive
Ethan

Ethan Austin

Founder, Pearachute and GiveForward
Gary

Gary Gaessler

VP Sales, Nventify
Gavenraj

Gavenraj Sodhi

Senior Product Manager, Softbank Robotics
Gavin

Gavin Martin

Founding Partner, onPurpose Growth
George

George Powell

Founder, CEO, Easy Beauty
George

George Deeb

Managing Partner, Red Rocket Venture Partners
Irv

Irv Shapiro

CEO/CTO and Head Coach, DialogTech
Jacqueline

Jacqueline Kuehl

Director of Student and Alumni Engagement and Marketing Professor, DePaul University
Jason

Jason Randolph

Managing Partner, Neuroactive
Jason

Jason Weingarten

Co-Founder and CEO, Yello
Jason

Jason Green

Founder, Intelestream
Jed

Jed Abernethy

Corporate Innovation and Startup Executive, Entrepreneur / Digital Transformation
Jeff

Jeff Weber

Co-Founder & President, SnagPad
Jeff

Jeff Hyman

Chief Talent Officer, Strong Suit Executive Search
Jeff

Jeff Hoffman

Partner, ColorJar
Jeff

Jeff Judge

Founder, Measured Good
Jeff

Jeff Lyons

Operating Director, City Capital Advisors, LLC
Jeffrey

Jeffrey Coney

FI Mentor
Jens

Jens Horstmann

Executive Producer, Mgm. Dir., Crestlight Venture Productions, LLC
Jessica

Jessica Zweig

Co-Founder | President, CheekyChicago.com | SimplyBe Agency
Joe

Joe Born

CEO, Aiwa Corp.
Joe

Joe Abraham

Founder, BOSI Global
Joe

Joe Bezdek

Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
Joe

Joe Dwyer

Partner, Digital Intent / Founder Equity
John

John Ernst

CEO, Kinnektor
John R

John R Dallas Jr

CEO, Hillview Partners Network LLC and ENCLAVE for Entrepreneurs Foundation Inc.
Katie

Katie Hench

Co-Founder, Infiniteach
Kelly

Kelly Fitzsimmons

Co-Founder, HarQen & the Hypervoice Consortium
Kevin

Kevin Taylor

CTO, Partners For Achievement
Kristopher

Kristopher Ross

Chief Operations Officer, Lions of LaSalle, Inc.
Lane

Lane Campbell

CTO, Vue Ventures
Lauren

Lauren Katzberg

Co-Founder & CEO, Stylisted
Lina

Lina Pakrosnyte

CEO, Urban Leash, Inc.
Louis

Louis Morales

President, The Catnip Times
Malcolm

Malcolm Lotzof

CEO, INXPO
Mark

Mark Pawloski

Co-Founder, Upkey
Mark

Mark Achler

Managing Director, Math Venture Partners
Mark

Mark Lawrence

Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero
Mark

Mark Pickett

Sr. Director, Customer Analytics, Data Science and MarTech, Staples
Matt

Matt Mandell

Principal, Mandell Enterprises
Matthew

Matthew Miller

Director, Product Strategy & UX, Digital Intent
Michael

Michael Carruth

President/Founder, Fiodan Corporation
Michael

Michael Evans

Co-Founder, GrubHub
Michael

Michael Gruber

General Partner, Independence Equity I, L.P
Michael

Michael Kramer

Founder and CEO, ManageHub, Inc.
Mike

Mike Kritzman

Founder & CEO, SkillNet
Mil

Mil Ovan

CEO, Next Gen Solar
Mona

Mona Abdel Halim

Strategic Partnerships, Manager, Orbitz Worldwide
Neil

Neil Kane

Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services
Patricia

Patricia Riskind

Head of Global Healthcare, Qualtrics
Peter

Peter Tapling

Principal, PTap Advisory
Pinaki

Pinaki Saha

Founder & CEO, Anshar Labs
Rajesh

Rajesh Voddiraju

Founder & CEO, HealthiPASS Inc
Reva

Reva Minkoff

Founder and President, DigitalGroundUp Inc. and Digital4Startups Inc.
Rishi

Rishi Shah

CEO, Outcome Health
Ronald

Ronald Franczyk

CTO & Partner, Red Foundry
Ross

Ross Kimbarovsky

Founder and CEO, crowdspring
Russ

Russ Gottesman

Founder/CEO, CommuterAds
Ryan

Ryan Jeffery

FI Mentor
Ryan

Ryan Hoch

CEO, Overgrad
Seyi

Seyi Fabode

VP, Innovation & Partnerships, Clean Energy Trust
Shradha

Shradha Agarwal

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Outcome Health
Stephen

Stephen Meade

Founder & CEO, MonetaPro.IO
Steve

Steve Subar

Founder & CEO, Open Kernel Labs
Steven

Steven Jones

VP Product Development, project44 - Freight APIs
Ted

Ted Greene

Co-Founder, Old Willow Partners
Thomas

Thomas Gorman

President, Entrepreneurial Design, Inc.
Timothy

Timothy Kelley

CEO, Nautilus Medical
Ujjwal

Ujjwal Gupta

Cofounder & COO, BenchPrep
Uzi

Uzi Shmilovici

Founder & CEO, Applicake, Base CRM, R&U
Vinnie

Vinnie Lauria

Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
William

William Furlong

Founder & CEO, SquareStack
Zach

Zach Kaplan

CEO, Inventables
Zak

Zak Boca

CEO & Co-Founder, SingleHop, Inc.
Zhu Song

Zhu Song Mei

Founder & CEO, BigMarker.com

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