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START100 PARTNERS

Tom Ryan

TOM RYAN

General Partner

 

Tom is an experienced startup founder, investment professional, and distinguished coach and mentor to entrepreneurs worldwide. Tom was the Executive Director of the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence program for WNC, one of only four Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs selected by the Kauffman Foundation nationwide. There, he delivered one-on-one advisory services to over 50 regional high-growth startups and created the successful high-energy pitch-event, Talent Jam. Previously, Tom was Vice President of private equity firm, Auster Capital Partners, and an advisor to GreenStart, a San Francisco clean-tech fund and accelerator. He’s been a founder of several startups and the host of The Success In Business Podcast. In addition to START100, Tom is currently an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Catawba Valley Community College and the founder of entrepreneurial support resource connectivity platform, supportedly.com.

Matt Lindberg

Matt Lindberg

Founder and Managing Partner, Plumb Line Capital Partners

Jeff Leck

JEFF LECK

Co-Founder & Special Advisor, KLH Capital

Louis Foreman

LOUIS FOREMAN

CEO, Enventys Partners

Ted Kavana

TED KAVANA

President & CEO of Creative Comfort Corp

Todd Newnam

TODD NEWNAM

Chairman and CEO of Encore Technology Group

Chris Fink

CHRIS FINK

President of RetailGrowth

Brandon Lowery

BRANDON LOWERY

President and CEO of Converge Communications

Bob Fotsch

BOB FOTSCH

CEO of Wellman Plastics Recycling

Chris Bennett

CHRIS BENNETT

Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur’s Growth Network, LLC

MARCOS RODRIGUEZ

MARCOS RODRIGUEZ

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Angel Investor

ADVISORY BOARD

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CHRIS BUEHLER

Chris holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University, and a Master’s degree in International Business Management from Thunderbird. Chris began his career in the aerospace/defense communications industry and, in the 1990’s, transitioned into the commercial wireless communications with Andrew Corporation and Nortel Networks. Chris was instrumental in introducing and expanding digital wireless technologies into the North American, Asian, and European markets. After repatriating, he was VP and General Manager for Flextronics Network Services. He later moved to Goodman Networks to spearhead the company’s aggressive growth, helping the firm reach $125M in annual revenue in 2006.

 

In 2007, Chris co-founded EmFinders, an emergency locating solution for the critical missing persons such as wandering children with Autism or an elderly person suffering from dementia. The company’s solution was utilized by law enforcement over 150 times to successfully locate and recover missing persons. He sold his stake in the company in 2012 to a subsidiary of Liberty Media. In 2013, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer of BridgeMetrics, an IT marketing technology firm. Later that year, he helped launch Magnifects, which was developing a new fuel-conditioning solution to improve combustion efficiency of certain petroleum fuels. In 2015, Chris helped launch WHRZT, a mobile-asset tracking solution. As Chief Technical Officer of WHRZT, Chris’s team rapidly developed a complete commercial solution involving wireless hardware, cloud-based middleware, and a smartphone app. Chris has co-authored four US patents in the fields of wireless and wearable technologies.

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MATT DUERSTOCK

Co-Founder, Profta, Inc.

 

Matt Duerstock is co-founder of Profta Inc., a review and verification company dedicated to giving accountability to crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo while informing consumers with valuable insight.

 

In 2015, Matt and His wife, Haley, moved to Asheville from San Francisco, where he was involved in the nonprofit sector, focusing on operations.

 

In addition to starting Profta, Matt currently resides on several nonprofit boards of directors in California, North Carolina, and Florida.

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GEORGE GLACKIN

George is an experienced innovation and new business creation leader. Over a 35-year career at Procter & Gamble, George led teams in all phases of the innovation process from current business operations, upgrade initiatives, front end product and technology development, and creation of disruptive new businesses. He led innovation efforts in all P&G sectors, and on major brands such as Pampers, Tide, and Pantene.

 

George now invests and advises with the entrepreneur community in Asheville, NC, addressing the ideation, experimentation and scale-up phases of new business creation. George is a Founder and Chair of the Board of Hatch AVL, an Asheville-based startup incubator.

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STEPHANIE KISSEL

Stephanie is an accomplished professional with a background in program management, international business management, and operational excellence. Creative process creation and improvement as well as team leadership, mentorship, and development are primary areas of her professional focus.
 
Stephanie is the Co-founder and COO of Supportedly, a digital platform helping entrepreneurs find, understand, and connect to the most helpful support resources. Stephanie is also the creator and host of the Supportedly Podcast, a weekly podcast that highlights low cost and free support programs available to entrepreneurs as well as topics related to entrepreneurial development. 
Scott Shwarts BW

SCOTT SHWARTS

Scott is an accomplished executive with a proven track record of leadership and vision in planning, executing and developing great products and growing sustainable organizations. With over 35 years of experience, Scott has brought over a 100 products to market in a wide range of areas from hardware to software.

 

Based in Asheville, Scott is focused on bespoke product management, product development, and manufacturing for a worldwide group of clients. He’s currently Acting CTO for Lady Technologies/kegg (San Francisco) and Podcraft (Asheville).

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Exclusive Marketing Partner

Enventys Partners is a full-service, turnkey product launch agency that handles all aspects of product development, crowdfunding and ecommerce marketing. The team of crowdfunding experts has managed Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns since 2012. Since that time, the agency has raised over $150 million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, including more than 35 million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns.

 

Enventys Partners is able to handle everything from pre-launch lead generation and campaign page creation, to Facebook Advertising, email marketing, social media, cross promotions and more, giving the team a 93% campaign success rate. Their proven process for crowdfunding has worked time and time again to help get new companies off the ground using Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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