GSE Heads to New York For 2016 Startup Hacking Boot Camp

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@Nixon Peabody-437 Madison Avenue | New York, NY (24th Floor)

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Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016- Time: 9am-5pm

8am-9am Registration (Purchase breakfast on site)

9:00-9:15 am- Opening Remarks & Orientation by Christine Souffrant Ntim (BrandEntrepreneurs)

9:15-9:30am- Mental Engineering & Entrepreneurship- Einstein Ntim (Principal Bold Emerge Capital)

9:30-10am-Customer Acquisition 101

  • 15 Minute Workshop-Customer Acquisition w/ Angela Lee of 37 Angels
  • 15 Minute Q/A session

10-11am Product Development 101

  • 15 Minute Workshop- Ideation and Beta Testing 101 w/ Christine Souffrant of Vendedy
  • 15 Minute Workshop-Product development 101 w/ Daniel Doubrovkine of Artsy
  • Q/A

11:00-12:15pm Press, Media & Marketing 101

  • 15 Minute Workshop- Pitching, social media campaigns, press, and PR w/ Lisa Chau
  • Panel of Perspectives w/Kelly Hoey (Inc Magazine), Natasha Israni (Reuters TV), Danielle Muoio (Business Insider), Christina Blacken (Gawker), Lisa Wang (SheWorx)

12:15-1:00pm Working Lunch w/ PlantBasedForYou 

1pm-2:15pm Funding 101

  • 5 Minute Workshop- How to raise capital via pitch competitions w/ Christine Souffrant Founder of Vendedy
  • 10 Minute Workshop-Angel & VC investment w/ Elizabeth Galbut is the Founding Partner of SoGal Ventures
  • Panel of Perspectives-Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Elizabeth Galbut (SoGal Ventures), Veronica Guzman(WAMVentures)

2:15pm-2:30pm Legal 101

  • Workshop w/ Richa Naujoks- Partner@Nixon Peabody

2:30pm-3:00pm Social Impact 

  • Panel of Perspectives w/ BulBul Gupta, Joey Ortiz, Sergei Revzin

3:00-3:15pm Top Lessons of Entrepreneurs

  • Presentations- Davida E. Arnold, Samira Salman, Georgie-Ann Getton moderated by Einstein Ntim (Principal Bold Emerge Capital)

3:15-4:00 Branding 101

  • 5 Minute Workshop By Christine Souffrant Ntim- Forbes 30 Under 30
  • 5 Minute Presentation- Susan Solomon-President of Women Entrepreneur Festival, Co-Founder Drive Thru Branding
  • 5 Minute Presentation- Lynne Johnson
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 Panel- Arad Malhotra, Karim Abouelnaga,Thomas Matzner

4:00pm-5pm Networking & Startup Ecosystem Panel 101

  • 5 Minute Workshop on how to leverage startup ecosystems
  • Panel of Perspectives w/ Roopa Unnikrishnan (TiE), Varelie Croes, John Lynn ( Startup Institute), Lynn Loacker (Partner- in- Charge, New York Office-Davis Wright Tremaine LLP), Mina Salib (NYU Incubator)

5-7pm- Networking event sponsored by Draper University- Tim Draper, legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist founded Draper University in 2012 with a vision and belief that in order to change the world we have to change education. Draper University aims to teach entrepreneurship globally in an entirely new way. Through hands on training, an innovative curriculum and thought leadership Tim Draper brings together young entrepreneurs, startup founders, executives and investors all under one roof. Tim Draper has deep roots in entrepreneurship and venture capital with a rich background that started by founding Draper Associates in 1985. Tim is thrilled to be leading the charge to disrupt entrepreneurship education and is excited to have Draper University as the star of the show in the new ABCFamily series: StartupU. Fall 2016 Applications now open:

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Morning Moderator

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Dr. Natapoff is President of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a firm that provides outsourced business development company.  He has wide experience in international business development, economics, trade, and investment.  As the founder and CEO of his own international economics and business-consulting firm for a decade, his clients included numerous private sector companies  as well as Fortune 500 firms.  Dr. Natapoff previously served as Senior Advisor to the Governor of New York State for International Commerce, Deputy Commissioner of NYS Department of Economic Development for International and Senior Vice President for International Economic Development for the Empire State Development Corporation. Dr. Natapoff has worked with multiple government agencies in five countries in the areas of international trade & investment, business development, and monetary policy.  His experience includes positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the European Central Bank, the German Bundesbank, and the state of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation and has published numerous articles on international economic issues, including international monetary policy, technology development, EU institutional development, as well as U.S. domestic politics.Dr. Natapoff received his B.A./M.A. in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University and his Ph.D in political science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He speaks French and German, and lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Speakers & Panelists:

Customer Acquisition 101-
Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.  As Assistant Dean at Columbia Business School, Angela is a highly rated professor of strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship.  She is also the founder of 37 Angels, an angel network that  invests in early stage startups and activates new women angels through a month long investing bootcamp.  Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBCBloomberg TV, and Fox Business and is regularly featured in media outlets such as ForbesHuffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015.  

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Product Development 101-
Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur and technologist, CTO in New York, working on bringing the art world online. He is a maintainer of multiple popular open-source projects, including Java Native Access, Ruby Grape,Hashie and the popular Slack Ruby client, bot and serverlibraries. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s and founded and sold Vestris Inc., an early stage technology start-up right after college. He joined Microsoft as Development Lead, was Director at Visible Path, then Architect and Development Manager at Application Security.

Product Development 101-
Brandon Lipman-Platform & Content at RRE Ventures. Previously Growth DataRole. Editor of Startup & Venture Capital Medium Publication. Past Co-founder of 3DLT a site for 3D Printable physical and digital products.

Press Media & Marketing Panel 

Author and Investor, Kelly Hoey is a networking expert whose forthcoming book Build Your Dream Network is to be released in January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee. As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has a column on, blogs on and tweets frequently (@jkhoey).  Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps,, she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. In addition to these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.

Natasha Israni is a freelance television journalist with eighteen years of global experience. She reported, produced and edited for Reuters TV for over a decade, covering a wide gamut of topics, from environmental and economic issues to the United Nations. For over six years she served as a consultant correspondent for Times Now, India’s leading English television news network. Based out of New York, she was responsible for all their U.S. coverage, traveling widely across the country reporting stories. For Times Now, she focused on Indo-U.S. relations, breaking news and American politics. She has also written for India Today, The Times of India, The Economic Times, The American Bazaar, Khaleej Times and Global India Newswire. Currently, she’s working on the first draft of a fictional novel even as she continues to contribute to Times Now on a freelance basis.

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Christina Blacken is storyteller and content creator who started her career journey at a law firm and realized corporate hierarchy wasn’t her style, then moved onto work in the non-profit world, creating Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text messaging, and offline campaigns that inspired 300,000 young people to take action on issues like discrimination, poverty, health, and women’s rights. She’s worked with non-profits, political campaigns, and major brands to help them reach the communities they care about, while generating 2.3M in revenue for the companies she’s worked for. She’s also the creator of, an online platform that uses storytelling for advocacy with the goal of diversifying the conversations on creativity, innovation, and what it means to be a person of color

Danielle Muoio is a reporter for Business Insider’s consumer tech website Tech Insider. She writes about emerging technology like driverless cars, robotics, and artificial intelligence. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and history in May 2015. She was editor-in-chief of her student paper, The Chronicle, her junior year of Duke. You can find her on Twitter @muoiod.

Speaker nyc lisa chau
Lisa Chau is a digital strategist with global marketing and public relations experience. She has been published in Forbes, US News & World Report as well as Huffington Post on TABLES: Technology – Academia – Business – Leadership – Entrepreneurship – Strategy. Her work includes profiling high level executives, successful entrepreneurs, established professors, distinguished creatives and award-winning authors. A Ted-Ed lesson creator, Lisa is also extremely involved with education, lecturing undergraduates and MBA candidates at The New School and Baruch College. At MIT, she taught a seven week summer course which covered the use of social media to enhance professional networking.Lisa currently works in communications and business development for Watertree Health in New York City by Grand Central.

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Lisa Wang
 is the cofounder of SheWorx, a global collective of 2000+ ambitious female entrepreneurs and changemakers redefining leadership. She is a 3x National Champion and U.S. Hall of Fame Gymnast. Previously she founded a food tech company incubated in Food-X, the world’s #1 food innovation accelerator. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.

Funding 101

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Elizabeth Galbut is the Founding Partner of two start-up venture capital firms, SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital, which are collectively advisors and investors in 22 startups this year. Elizabeth’s favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Standouts in the portfolio include digital pathology standout Proscia, mobile health platform eMocha, smart air detector Birdi, lab research platform Nebulab, global health platform MORE Health, smart water bottle HidrateSpark, and mental health app Docz.

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Charlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised.  Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, and goTenna among others. He previously had investment roles at Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital. Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype).  Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, and Refinery29.

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Veronica Guzman (WAMVentures) graduated from New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business with dual concentrations in Finance & Accounting and advanced studies in Management & Marketing, studied at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising and NYU’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications. She earned her Certificate in Incubation Management with the National Business Incubation Association (now International Business Incubation Association).Veronica serves as an advisor, mentor, funding screener and speaker to entrepreneurs via NYU’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Astia, Founder Institute and Springboard Enterprises.  In Silicon Valley, Veronica is engaged with the MIT Enterprise Forum’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (VLAB) Founders Series & Outreach Committees.Joseph Kushner is an New York based Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Advisor.  Through his firm

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Joseph Kushner is an New York based Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Advisor.  Through his firm
Tribeca Group, he actively invests in technology firms (via Tribeca Ventures) and also advises and develops technology firms (via Tribeca Foundry).  Joseph focuses on early stage software, e-commerce/retail, mobile, enterprise and social impact focused businesses.  Joseph’s most recent investments have been in Vespa Brooklyn,, Vespa Manhattan and Ampathy.Joseph was the Managing Partner for André Meyer Ventures for 10 years, specializing in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. He developed the firm’s strategy to partner with leading technology integrators such as SAIC and Telcordia, (the former Bell Labs), to source and commercialize technologies built for government and military applications.

Legal 101 Workshop 

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Richa is a partner in the corporate transactions practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP. She represents clients in corporate transactions and capital raises, including advising on exempt offerings under U.S. securities laws and cross-border transactions. Richa is a Co-Chair of the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and heads the firm’s South Asia practice. She frequently represents early-stage social enterprises and acts as outside general counsel to startups. A frequent speaker on topics relating to crowdfunding and other fundraising for early-stage companies, Richa is also active in pro bono matters, and was one of the finalists for the 2015 TrustLaw Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

Social Impact Panel

Joey Ortiz- A community leader in K-12 education, workforce training and tech. For 10 years, Ortiz was a Director of Recreational Programs, leading youth programming across the city, at the renowned 92nd Street Y (92Y), a 140-year old cultural center in New York. Ortiz most recently served as Director of Leadership Programs at 92Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, where he served on the team that pioneered GivingTuesday – a global day of giving and philanthropy; managed the prestigious NYC Venture Fellows program with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) that supports the most promising technology entrepreneurs across New York City; and produced the renowned Social Good Summit, an annual conference done in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and Mashable.

Bulbul Gupta is a Social Innovation Partnerships Specialist with 15 years of experience supporting growth-oriented enterprises with strategy advisory, public-private partnerships, innovative finance, and public policy. She is the former Head of Market-Based Approaches for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she worked with Fortune 500 and Global 3000 corporations, investors, non-profits, and governments on social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and sustainable supply chains.  Bulbul serves as Board Chair of Upaya Social Ventures; Advisory Councils of the UNGC Global Sourcing Council, Open Road Alliance, and Cornerstone Capital Group, and advises select family offices, and accelerators on blended capital strategies, including CrowdBureau, Unreasonable Institute’s NY launch, Village Capital Inaugural FinTech NY, Echoing Green, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. She serves as a Policy Advisor to the Hillary For America campaign 2016; and is a Visiting Lecturer at NYU University on Social Impact Investing & Financial Management of Social Enterprises.

Sergei Revzin is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Venture for America, where he runs the organization’s Summer Accelerator program for its Fellow founders. VFA seeks to revitalize emerging cities in the US through entrepreneurship with its competitive 2 year Fellowship program that sends talented recent graduates from all over the country to work at startups in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Prior to his role at VFA, Sergei was a cofounder at Tascit, a sales enablement software technology company, after spending 4 years in sales leadership roles at fast growing startups both in NYC and Boston.

Top Lessons For Entrepreneurs Panel 
A creative strategist, Davida E. Arnold’s curiosity piques when exploring stories that speak to the intersection of tech, entrepreneurs and pop culture.  Her sweet spot? The marketing, brand and consumer narratives of Boomers, GenX, Millennials & Cybrids, especially in social media platforms. Her company, #GirlGameChanger, launched this year and is your lifestyle spot for women of color entrepreneurs who dare give back. “ Davida enjoys solving problems and forging strategic brand solutions in this ever-changing social media landscape. When she’s not pop culture sleuthing, she enjoys every sporty second with her Millennial & Cybrid sons in Brooklyn.

Georgie-Ann Getton is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that creates and develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. Some Illicit Mind initiatives include Ujamaathon andCaribbeans in Tech. At the moment she is at Startup Insititute New York as their Summer Events Associate. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.

Samira Salman is an attorney, entrepreneur, and seasoned problem solver. Her primary responsibility is as founder and CEO of Salman Solutions, a strategic planning and business development firm. Over the past 20 years, Samira has harnessed her out-of-the-box thinking and expertise in corporate and tax law to personally advise over 75 companies on a variety of business issues, build and sell over 30 businesses, and raise over $60+M in startup and growth capital. Using a proven formula she developed, Samira aligns companies’ and/or individuals’ visions, diagnoses and addresses shortcomings, and develops and helps implement strategies that guide people, businesses, and ventures to optimal levels of performance.

Branding 101 Presentation

SUSAN SOLOMON, President of Women Entrepreneur Festival & Co-Founder of DriveThru Branding-  Susan’s career has been a generous mix of music, film production, digital media, marketing, branding, sales, business development and operations. She went from hanging out on music video sets with Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Sinead O’Connor to a Lee Hunt Associates, a branding agency  producing reels for cable’s up-fronts to dialing for dollars at a digital agency to launching her first company, Contagious Pictures. An entrepreneur at heart, she never looked back. Susan is a seasoned marketing and business strategist. Her passion for figuring stuff out, building cool things and helping others do the same led her to launch Drive-Thru Branding, with the goal of democratizing brand for entrepreneurs. Susan is also President of Women’s Entrepreneur Festival, leading the organization’s expansion efforts.

Lynne D Johnson- Digital and Social Media Engagement Strategist 
Lynne D. Johnson is an acclaimed digital strategist and storyteller, best known for her visionary work leading cross-functional teams to develop cutting edge content and community platforms for top media brands like Vibe, Spin, and Fast Company. Currently, Lynne is a consultant, adjunct professor, and tech evangelist who writes a weekly tech column for, and is a frequent guest on the widely viewed web series This Week In Google. Previously, she served as a director of digital and social media strategy at Waggener Edstrom, senior social media strategist at R/GA, SVP of social media at the Advertising Research Foundation, senior editor and community director at Fast Company, and general manager of digital at Vibe and Spin. An expert in the areas of marketing and technology, Lynne was awarded a MVMT 50 Top 10 Innovators award in 2015 at SXSW Interactive, and was also the recipient of the 2006 Black Weblog Awards Black Blogger Achievement award. In 2015, she was featured as a tech innovator in an AT&T ad spot called “Seeing Stars.” A notable speaker, Lynne has keynoted and presented at many conferences including PRSA Digital Impact, Web 2.0 Expo, and AdTech.

Forbes 30 Under 30 Panel

Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur
. Thomas Matzner’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged while in college. Seeking a mentor, Thomas decided to write a letter to William Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies. Not only did he get a response, but obtained the mentorship he sought which inspired him to eventually build a company of value on his own. Thomas spent part of his career in global forecasting, assisting in the success of the prestige beauty company, MAC, to grow their annual product offering and surpass $2B in yearly sales. Thomas also spent time at the premium casual wear brand, Lacoste, aiding in the efficiency of their United States supply chain, product allocation and special event coordination. Thomas has learned invaluable skills throughout his time in the luxury consumer goods market which he’s been able to apply in the success of his travel technology platform, Pommtree & ultra premium vodka, PRÜV.

Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur
. Karim is an ivy-league educated inner-city public school graduate. He received over $300,000 in scholarships to make his education possible. He founded Practice Makes Perfect at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is an Echoing Green Fellow, Global Shaper, at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia

Varelie Croes- is a startup ecosystem builder and founder of The Liv Group, a venture studio with hubs in New York and Aruba, Dutch-Caribbean. She was named a global change-maker by the World Bank Youth Steering Committee for her unique approach to leadership and inspiring both entrepreneurs and policy makers to drive change. Varelie is an accomplished keynote speaker and sought after thought-leader on startup ecosystems and the innovation economy. She has spoken at TEDx, TEDxWomen, United Nations, The World Bank and has been featured in Forbes, MasterCard Biz, Tech.Co and other major international publications.

John Lynn–Program Manager at Startup Institute-is a pillar of the NYC startup community, with a impact on tech communities worlwide.  In addition to his work helping lead Startup Institute in NYC, John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg’s NYC chapter, and New York Cares, NYC’s largest volunteer organization, as well as a variety of formal positions as a mentor + advisor to founders and teams of all kinds.  At Startup Institute, he brings together top founders, investors, team members, and domain experts from throughout the tech community to deliver an 8-week accelerator program that prepares its participants, (average age: 29) to join and lead tech companies. John is an expert on accelerators, and recently appeared on the “Process” podcast to talk about how acceleration at places like Startup Institute andtechstars  represents a new kind of education.  He is also a veteran of the startup community and ready to talk all things entrepreneurship: in the past, he founded a company accepted to one of the world’s top accelerators, helped manage the techstars NYC program, and was selected for Startup Institute’s first class.  He has engineered connections resulting in LP investments for venture capital funds (including the techstars Venture Fund), the creation of a techstars company, angel investment for a mentor’s new venture, and co-founder relationships and first hires.  He also leads a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 30 organizations and over 50 leadership-level individuals. LinkedIn profileTwitter: @jmlynn7,

Jason Malki is the Founder and CEO of AlleyBoost, which is a Startup Event Series that hosts Startup Mixers, Panels, Investor Nights, and Expos in NYC. He is also the Founder and CEO of SportsWonks which is a Sports Social Network that is set to launch in Early Fall 2016. Jason holds a B.A. from Montclair State University.

Roopa Unnikrishnan-President, New York Chapter at TiE—Action-oriented thought-leader, consultant, and executive who effectively drives change, building leadership and organization capability in broad range of companies – from Fortune 50 enterprises to start-ups. Executive Coach with proprietary process (Yourself as Enterprise TM) helping executives clarify future direction, personal growth and transition options. Oxford MBA; Rhodes Scholar; International Sportsperson; Non-profit board/ trustee experience.

Lynn is an accomplished leader in transactional law. With a focus on corporate finance and M&A, she has represented and counseled many notable companies in IT, financial services, manufacturing, energy and other industries from startup to sale, merger or dissolution. At DWT, Lynn works with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers representing companies whose business models place them at the intersection of technology and the financial services, media, fashion or food and beverage industries. She admires her tech clients for their ability to influence the world and innovate. She is passionate about a future where more women run companies, and has a keen interest in lending her experience and contacts to advance women entrepreneurs. Lynn is the founder of WEB – Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp, a day-long immersive program for early stage women-led companies. WEB is part of Project W, which is DWT’s commitment to helping women succeed.   Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the New York Tech Alliance, the organization recently formed through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council.

Mina is currently the program and events director at the Future Labs at NYU Tandon. He oversees all-external activities that the Future Labs has a stake in. Tasks that fall under his domain include, facilitating meetings between Future Labs companies with industry specific mentors and investors, organizing Flash Pitch, and strategizing for future partnerships and ventures He also personally consults and mentors many of the companies both inside and outside of the Future Labs. Through the launch of his own media company and organizing various startup event series, he has become a prolific connector in the NYC Startup space. Regularly brings together startups with investors, and often times, investors with new opportunities to increase their deal flow. When he has downtime, he works to spend more time with his family, serve at his local church, and get away with his friends.


Christine Souffrant Ntim + Einstein Ntim

A globally recognized speaker, Christine Souffrant is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, and has spoken at the United Nations, TEDx and more. She is the founder of Vendedy (a network connecting global travelers to street markets) and the Managing Director of Startup Grind Dubai, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs-interviewing leading CEO’s and startup influencers in the Middle East & Silicon Valley.As a serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs in emerging markets, she is the co-founder of (the leading startup boot camp program in the world), (Haiti’s central startup hub) and (accelerating 100 startups to market each year).

Einstein Ntim is a leading influencer within startup development networks from Silicon Valley to Africa. As the founder of 2 healthcare startups Bloomer (which leverages exponential technologies to tackle disease) and Enabled International (which leverages AI robotics to digitize data systems in hospitals)- Einstein was able to amass several partners from Singularity, Draper and other silicon valley based groups and launch platforms that support entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein completed a career in banking (UBS, Statestreet), authorship (writer of “A New Way”), military (UK), business (care home manager), ministry (Methodist Church minister) and professional sports (National Rugby Squad) in cities within London, China and India. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE).

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