Chris Adelsbach is a London-based entrepreneur, fintech investor, adviser and mentor. He is a managing director at Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Chris has spent the majority of his professional career in the United Kingdom. He had an 11-year career at GE Capital before co-founding a specialty finance company in 2006 that became one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing privately held companies. In 2014, Chris and his co-founders sold their business to a NASDAQ-listed entity and large U.S. private equity group. Subsequent to the sale, Chris has been an active private investor, focusing primarily on disruptive fintech companies. He is an angel investor in over 50 companies. Fintech Global recently named Chris as the most active fintech angel globally over the past three years. In 2018 the UK Business Angels Association named Chris its Angel Investor of the Year.
Vinny Armentano is a Senior Vice President at Travelers, a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the nation’s largest property casualty insurers. At Travelers, Vinny is responsible for Business Insurance Claim operations which encompasses Workers’ Compensation, General Liability, BI Auto, and BI Property, as well as Specialty operations.
During his tenure with the company, Vinny has received three U.S. patents. He was awarded the 2005 “Claim Professional of the Year” award by Claims Magazine and the 2013 “Legends Award” by The American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals. In addition, Vinny has published numerous articles on property casualty claim trends, spoken at many industry events, and currently serves on several industry boards and committees.
Vinny received his B.S. in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Connecticut, his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. He resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Rob is the founder and a managing partner of New Haven–based Elm Street Ventures, a seed- and early-stage venture capital firm in which Yale is the largest investor. Since inception in 2006, ESV has invested in 21 companies, co-founding many of them. Rob served on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and is on the Investment Committee of the YEI Innovation Fund, which Elm Street manages. He has a BS in engineering and applied science from Yale University and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, where he has served as an Executive in Residence (EIR) and an Executive Fellow, helping teach entrepreneurship.
Rob serves as chairman of P2 Science and is also a board member of SeeClickFix. He is Elm Street’s observer on the board of Device42; previously, he served as a board member of AxioMx, ShareGrove and Retail Optimization Inc. and served as an observer on the boards of Affomix, Arvinas, BioRelix and Metagenomix. Prior to ESV, Rob ran an infrastructure business and helped found several startups. Earlier in his career, he was a venture capitalist with Rothschild Inc. and Investor AB.
Dan Campany has been with The Hartford since 2004. Dan is responsible for creating and executing The Hartford’s long-term innovation agenda working with leaders across the enterprise to uncover, explore, and launch new technology and capabilities to accelerate The Hartford’s strategic priorities.
Prior to leading Enterprise Innovation, Dan most recently served as Head of Business Development, Strategy and Marketing for alternative distribution partnerships in The Hartford’s Small Commercial business segment. Prior to that Dan held various leadership positions in Small Commercial sales and underwriting. As well, Dan was the Strategy Lead for the invest project that built and launched Hartford’s industry-leading agency quoting portal.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Hamilton College.
Kristofer Caya works with Aetna’s corporate strategy team. Prior to joining corporate strategy, Kristofer was a director within Aetna Innovation. In this role, he was responsible for sourcing, testing and commercializing innovative and disruptive solutions that improve access to care and health outcomes. Kristofer has also worked on integrating technology to solve business problems in the insurance sector, as well as M&A and business development related to healthcare IT.
Tracy Chadwell is the founding partner of 1843 Capital, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage technology companies. She is an attorney and investor. She is a leader and a sought-after speaker within the community of women founders, innovators and entrepreneurs, including recently giving testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. Formerly, she was a partner of a growth capital venture capital fund, Baker Capital, and a vice president at Robertson Stephens. She is a board member of Marstone, and Sachs Insights. Passionate about service, she proudly serves on the advisory boards of both the New York Institute of Technology and the MIT Enterprise Forum, is an executive adviser for the Echoing Green Foundation and is a mentor for Monarq and Techstars KC. Tracy also received the 2018 Moffly Media Award for Women’s Business Advocate.
Alberto is a venture investment professional with experience in IoT, investing across multiple verticals. He manages the investment pipeline and has experience evaluating numerous companies across the early-stage venture lifecycle. Alberto is a chartered alternative investment analyst and has a master’s in management–digital innovation from the ESCP Europe Business School and an MS in corporate finance and financial markets, graduating cum laude from the University of Turin. Alberto speaks Italian, English and French.
Jill Frankle joined The Hartford in 2017 and is focused on identifying companies that could further the strategy and innovation agenda of the firm. She is responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships with venture capitalists, incubators/accelerators, private equity firms, startup companies and entrepreneurs so that The Hartford can be on the forefront of new and exciting opportunities. The majority of Jill’s career has been in venture capital and private equity. Prior to The Hartford, Jill was with Knightsbridge Advisers, a venture capital fund of funds, where she invested in many of the top-performing venture capital and growth equity partnerships. Prior to Knightsbridge, she was a principal with TD Capital Ventures and was an active investor in early-stage technology companies. Earlier in her career, Jill gained operational experience at an internet startup, as well as research and consulting expertise at IDC, a leading global provider of market intelligence on IT and consumer markets. Jill holds a BBA in finance from the University of Michigan.
Drew Gilbert runs a family office that reviews and invests in a range of industries and investments, including hedge funds, real estate, startups and both public and private companies. Drew is an active investor in early-stage companies and serves on the boards of several of them, including Spinal Singularity and Dauntless Discovery. He is also a member of the Keiretsu forum. Prior to overseeing a family office, in 2005 Drew co-founded Vermillion Asset Management, a multibillion-dollar hedge fund firm in New York City. In 2012, he successfully sold Vermillion to the Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, and continued as a partner at Carlyle until 2015. Drew has shared his expertise as an adviser to the U.S. government in a multi-departmental effort to understand terrorism risks present in the worldwide financial markets.
Teddy Goldstein serves as the head of business and mentor development for German Accelerator Tech, New York. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2002, he signed with Spirit Music Group, writing primarily for film and television. He then went on to write for Cherry Lane and BMG Music. In 2006, Teddy founded the mobile company Broadtexter, which was acquired by Tatango Mobile in 2012, where he served as director of mobile entertainment. He then served as head of business development for Plethora Mobile (DSP), before joining German Accelerator in 2014.
Peter Hicks has more than 30 years of banking experience in addition to being vice president of finance and operations for a plastics manufacturing company for six years. He served as treasurer for the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis and is on the board of the Foote School Association. He served as chairman and remains a director of the Crossroads Venture Group (CVG); he is also a director of the Connecticut Technology Council. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.
As an investment manager at Bose Ventures, Adam Jackson is responsible for finding new and innovative technology businesses that are strategically relevant to Bose with a focus on wellness. At Bose, Adam has led the investment in WHOOP!, the leader in heart rate variability monitoring for athletes, and CoreWellness, a personalized meditation company. Prior to focusing on corporate venture, Adam spent 10 years as a venture capitalist in the telecommunications industry with Argo Global Capital and High Clover Capital, deploying over $75 million in equity in over 20 early- and mid-stage investments through 60-plus financings, 10 M&A events, one IPO and participation on 10 boards as either a director or observer.
Katelyn Johnson has spent the past several years as an early-stage investor, focused on B2B enterprise solutions in the New York, Boston, and Philly markets. She is highly engaged with the entrepreneurial community, serving as an active mentor at TechStars, Harvard Business School, MIT and MassChallenge; sitting on the New England Venture Capital Association’s board of advisers subcommittee focused on supporting the growth and development of venture investors; and serving as executive director of the Horn Program VC Council at the University of Delaware. She is an engineer by training, having started her career as a medical device engineer before attending Harvard Business School.
Jon Lerner is managing director at Smedvig Capital, which he joined in 2008. He divides his time between finding new investments and working with their portfolio companies. Jon is a board member of POQ, Infinity, Mediamorph, Captify, Quill and The Smart Cube, and he has previously served on the boards of Tusker, ITIS and Selstor. Jon’s sectors of interest include adtech, martech and B2B SaaS, particularly anything mobile-enabled. Prior to Smedvig Capital, Jon worked at Bain & Company as a senior consultant in London and Toronto. He also spent six months working in-house at Argos on multichannel strategy and product expansion.
Christopher Loose serves as co-director of Yale University’s Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology. He holds an appointment as assistant professor adjunct of urology in the Yale School of Medicine. He is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship in the School of Management and lecturer in biomedical engineering. Previously, Christopher co-founded Semprus BioSciences with MIT professor Robert Langer, and he served as chief technology officer until the company was acquired by Teleflex Inc. in 2012. Semprus’s first product, a vascular catheter with a surface modification designed to have reduced thrombus (clot) formation, was approved by the FDA in 2012. Christopher received the Hertz Foundation Fellowship and was selected by MIT’s Technology Review as a member of the “TR35,” the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35. He was awarded the inaugural Peter Strauss Entrepreneurial Award from the Hertz Foundation in 2011 and was also named to Boston Business Journal’s 40 emerging business leaders under 40.
Spencer Maid is Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is a globaldiversified industrial with more than 55,000 people delivering more than $13B in sales in 2017. Stanley Black & Decker is a purpose driven company that is celebrating it’s 175thanniversary in 2018. We believe that times change, but our purpose doesn’t. ”For Those Who Make The World” is at the foundation our company and gives us the reason “why” we do what we do.
Spence is an innovator, entrepreneur, mentor, board member, and coach. But most importantly he is a dad to three amazing children (two girls and one boy).
He has close to ten patents and is a three time Champions Award (Presidents Award) winner. He is the only person at Stanley Black & Decker to win the coveted award in three different divisions.
Spence founded a protective security container company in 2014. The company disrupted the market with innovative products, aunique go-to-market strategy and a legacy licensed brand that quickly scaled to more than $20M within eighteen months. He sold his shares to two silent partners to rejoin Stanley Black & Decker to create the Security divisions first Breakthrough Innovation Team, Futures.
He believes that we are responsible for disrupting ourselves or somebody else will. He believes that any problem can be solved as long as you approach it from a beginners mindset and find the unarticulated needs. And he can often be heard saying, “know yourbusiness, know your numbers!”
Spence is a graduate of the State University of New York at Empire State.
Mark Maybury is Stanley Black & Decker’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Mark manages a team across the company’s businesses and functions and advises on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provides access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem.
Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Mark spent 27 years at The MITRE Corporation, where he held a variety of strategic technology roles. Most recently he served as Vice President of Intelligence Portfolios and prior to that was MITRE’s Vice President and Chief Security Officer and Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Before joining MITRE, Mark served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He later returned to the Air Force as Chief Scientist from 2010 to 2013 where he advised the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.
He is currently a member of the Defense Science Board and recently completed multiple years of service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory committee. He is a fellow in both the IEEE and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross (Fenwick Scholar, valedictorian), a master’s degree in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, England (Rotary Scholar), a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in artificial intelligence also from Cambridge University.
Sri Muthu is CEO and co-founder of HealthVenture Corporation, a digital health incubator and seed fund. Immediately prior, he was head of technology for innovation, R&D and the Wells Fargo startup accelerator. Other roles include head of technology and operations for ClearXchange, a payments joint venture of Bank of America, Capital One, JPM Chase, US Bank and Wells Fargo. He co-founded and managed Wells Fargo’s internet services incubator, labs and R&D in 2007. He managed investments technology from 2002 to 2007 and was responsible for the online brokerage, trust and investments services. Previously, he managed multiple product engineering groups since joining Wells Fargo in 1999. Sri graduated from Yale with an MBA in healthcare leadership. He also completed the Oxford Private Equity Program and the Strategic Decision and Risk Management program at Stanford. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow and an active panel moderator and judge for healthcare and venture capital events.
Matt Pinover joined Baird Capital’s venture capital team in 2018 and concentrates on both technology and healthcare investments. Prior to joining Baird Capital, Matthew was a senior investment banking analyst at Citi, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings for healthcare clients. His responsibilities included financial analysis and valuation, deal execution, due diligence and industry and company research. Matt earned a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Subha has spent the past twenty nine years in technology leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies in Chemical, Pharma, Media, Retail, Technology, and HealthCare sectors and has also founded a technology startup. He is a passionate technologist, futurist, and digital health evangelist who applies technology to solve problems. Currently at Cigna, Subha is a Senior Director of Innovation R&D, a team focused on research of emerging and disruptive technologies. His expertise includes applying Cloud, Digital Health, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Wearable’s and other disruptive technologies like Blockchain to solve customer centric innovation efforts at Cigna. His current agile R&D team is part of US Market, Corporate Function and Customer Service organization in Cigna’s CIO office. He spearheads projects with many IT/Business leaders in Cigna’s global business units to champion new ideas. His team engages from conception through customer journey, ideation, proof of concept/technology pilots and commercial adaptation.
Subha is very active in professional organizations and peer groups in emerging technology. . He serves on the board of HartfordInsurTechHub.com to drive InsurTech startup innovation in Connecticut. This is a startup accelerator created by a joint effort with other industry leaders to innovate in many insurance technology areas. He often speaks in health and insurance technology conferences about digital health, health engagement, and using technology to get better health outcomes. Subha has an MBA from Cornell University, a MS in Industrial Systems Engineering from LSU, and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, India. He was recognized with American Red Cross (ARC) president’s award for his leadership to restore communication during Katrina relief efforts. He lives with his wife and two children in Nyack, New York and practices digital health, enjoys disruptive technology, travel, and cooking fusion food.
Bill Rice is a venture investor at Bose Ventures. Bill has been involved in product development throughout his career. Prior to venture investing, Bill designed mobile phones at Motorola, was an early employee at two startups where he led hardware engineering, and was a product strategist at Bose. Bill holds an BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business.
At Teamworthy, Stephen focuses on fintech, insurtech, sports tech, travel tech and marketing and adtech. Prior to Teamworthy Ventures, Stephen led business development as a member of the founding team at MasterStreet, a New York edtech startup. He began his career at Swiss Re Capital Markets and Odyssey Re (a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial). Stephen graduated from Yale College with a BA in history and an Ivy League football championship.
Medical device entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in product development and commercialization. Co-founded and managed medical device start-ups with a number of successful exits.
Primary area of interest:
• Instrumentation for advanced minimally-invasive surgery, interventional gastroenterology and energy-based therapeutic devices and technologies.
Extensive experience in all aspects of start-up operations with exclusive focus on medical devices:
• Start-up creation and incubation
• Seed angel investment
• Product Development from early concept stages to successful commercialization
• Business Development
• Operations management
50 published and 61 pending US patents as well as multiple international patents for minimally-invasive surgical instruments, endoscopic and vascular devices and therapeutic systems, including mechanical, electrical, optical, laser, RF and software controlled products.
Talia has experience in the Innovation Team, and previously, the Small Commercial Product Management group at Travelers. Having wide exposure to dozens of InsurTech startups within her work with the Innovation Team, she is equipped to provide feedback on startup pitches, regardless of the stage your business is in.
Additionally, Talia is passionate about Design Thinking and is in the process of working through IDEO-U coursework to further build out knowledge. If you are looking to employ this methodology to build out your product offerings or enhance your company’s relevance to your core market by staying customer-centric, please reach out to Talia for input and collaboration.
Lastly, as a startup business owner herself, Talia understand the world in which entrepreneurs operate and is always glad to provide feedback or words of wisdom.
Innovate UK is the UK government’s innovation agency, and Jonny Voon is responsible for the vision, direction and strategy of its distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) innovation programs. Jonny has designed and developed multimillion-pound funding programs in the smart cities, health and social care, and applied cybersecurity sectors. He is an accomplished speaker, panelist, moderator and chairperson at international conferences and, when not thinking about the future, enjoys climbing rocks.
With nearly 20 years of experience in venture capital, Al Wiegman has a profound understanding of how challenging it is for entrepreneurs to create and build successful companies, and how vital it is to choose the right partner and investor to grow their businesses and achieve their goals. During Al’s tenure, he has generated a successful track record across the technology and healthcare sectors. He has directly participated in 30 early-stage venture investments in software, healthcare information technology, medical devices and healthcare services. A hands-on board member and an achievement-oriented investor, Al is passionate about investment and value-creation processes combined with a unique blend of strategic and operational expertise. He is adept at actively assisting portfolio companies to formulate corporate strategies to facilitate growth, financings and exit opportunities.