Founder Institute Mentors

Pittsburgh 2020

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

Adhithi

Adhithi Aji

CEO, Adrich
Afshan

Afshan Khan

EIR, Innovation Works
Akhil

Akhil Chaturvedi

Machine Learning Engineer, Philips
Alan

Alan Martello

President, Blue Lotus LLC
Alison

Alison Alvarez

CEO & Co-Founder, BlastPoint
Andy

Andy Hannah

CEO, Othot
Audrey

Audrey Russo

President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Austin

Austin Webb

CEO, RoBotany
Barry

Barry Rabkin

Chief Marketing Officer, Identified Technologies
Beth

Beth Slagle

Attorney, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Bill

Bill Jackson

Co-founder and CEO, Sinovia Technologies
Birpal

Birpal Sachdev

Leader of Advanced Technologies, Philips
Bob

Bob Delach

CFO and Business Consultant, Robert J Delach Business Consulting
Britta

Britta Ulm

Project Director, Discovery Robotics
Catherine

Catherine Mott

Founder/CEO, BlueTree Venture Fund, BlueTree Allied Angels
Chris

Chris Moehle

Managing Director, The Robotics Hub
Chris

Chris Rasmussen

CEO, Dead Eye Marketing
Claye

Claye Greene

CEO, TechBlue, Inc.
Cole

Cole Wolfson

Senior Program Manager, AlphaLab Gear
Craig

Craig Waller

IP ATTORNEY, The Webb Law Firm
Darrin

Darrin Grove

CEO, Truefit
David

David Kalson

Chair, Emerging Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C
Don

Don Morrison

Chairman of Deal Flow, Blue Tree Allied Angels
Ed

Ed Grattan

Staff Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Eric

Eric Kline

Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Eric

Eric Xing

Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist, Petuum
Eric

Eric Boduch

Founder, Board Member, VP of Marketing and Chief Evangelist Chief Evangelist, Pendo
Fahmy

Fahmy Mechael

Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Pittsburgh Glass Works
Greg

Greg Coticchia

FI Mentor
Greg

Greg Russak

Principal Consultant, The Conscientious Capitalist
Hank

Hank Wilde

CEO, Panacea AG
Henry

Henry Wilde

Former CEO , Four River Software Solutions
Henry

Henry Thorne

CTO, 4Moms
Ilana

Ilana Diamond

Managing Director, Hardware, AlphaLab Gear & Riverfront Ventures, Innovation Works
J.B.

J.B. Wilcox

Regional Director, Breakthrough Performance Group
Jared

Jared Glover

CEO, Capsen Robotics
Jason

Jason Jones

Director of Entrepreneurship, Idea Foundry
Jeff

Jeff Schneider

Professor, Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff

Jeff Lizik

President/CEO, RedShift
Jennifer

Jennifer Wilhelm

Assistant Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)
Jennifer

Jennifer Sydeski Hurd

CEO, Connect Wolf
Jeremy

Jeremy Garvey

Managing Partner, Cozen O'Connor
Jim

Jim Gibbs

Co-Founder and CEO, Meter Feeder, Inc.
Jim "Oz"

Jim "Oz" Osborn

Health IT Program Lead & Investment Manager, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Joe

Joe Ferrara

CEO, Wombat Security Technologies
John

John Riley

Owner, The Richards Group
John

John Jacobs

Senior Principal Consultant, ACA Compliance Group
John

John Seiffer

CEO, CEO Boot Camp
John

John Lawton

Principal, LM Resources
John

John Quayle

Founder, Quayle CC
Kevin

Kevin Israel

Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Kevin

Kevin Dowling

CEO, Kaarta
Kit

Kit Needham

Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Project Olympus, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
Leah

Leah Lizarondo

CEO, 412 Food Rescue
Luke

Luke Skurman

CEO, Niche
Lynn

Lynn Banaszak (Brusco)

Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon University, Disruptive Health Technology Institute
Marc

Marc Brown

Principal, ABR Ventures
Mark

Mark Adkins

Founder & President, Smart Hammer Innovation
Mark

Mark De Santis

CEO, Roadbotics
Mary

Mary Koes

Product Manager, Google Cloud, Google
Mary Beth

Mary Beth Green

CEO, The FIT, LLC
Mary Del

Mary Del Brady

FI Mentor
Matt

Matt Lancaster

Chapter President, Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
Meghan

Meghan Skiff

Founder, MixyMarketing
Michael

Michael Matesic

CEO & President, Idea Foundry, Inc.
Mike

Mike Formica

CEO & Founder, NuCo Tech Group
Mike

Mike Bauer

CEO, BlueForge
Nathan

Nathan Mancine

FI Mentor, Hospital IQ
Ned

Ned Show

CEO, Chemistry Communications
Ned

Ned Renzi

Partner, Birchmere Ventures
Nick

Nick Kuhn

CEO, Curavi Health, Inc.
Nicki

Nicki Zevola Benvenuti

CEO, FutureDerm
Noah

Noah Snyder

CEO, Interphase Materials
Olga

Olga Pogoda

Co-Founder, KRNLS
Parag

Parag Batavia

Founder and President, Neya Systems, LLC
Randy

Randy Eager

Founder & Managing Partner, Aqualibrium LLC
Rich

Rich Lunak

President & CEO, Innovation Works
Samir

Samir Lakhani

CEO, Eco-Soap Bank
Sana

Sana Gaspard

CEO, Rubitection
Sarjoun

Sarjoun Skaff

Founder and CTO, Bosa Nova Robotics
Scot

Scot Mac Taggart

Cofounder, KRNLS
Sean

Sean Ammirati

Partner, Birchmere Labs & Birchmere Ventures
Seth

Seth Popick

Associate, Cozen O'Connor
Sophia

Sophia Berman

Founder + Chief Creative Officer, Trusst Lingerie
Suzy

Suzy Teele

Head of Marketing & Communications, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Ted

Ted Teele

CEO, Touchtown
Tina

Tina Goodman

Senior Corporate Recruiter, Lucas Systems
Zach

Zach Malone

Principal, Draper Triangle Venture Capital
Zach

Zach Ciccone

Head of Growth, Beauty Shop
Zack

Zack Hilton

Corporate and Business Development Officer, Porch.com, Inc.

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