2016 Venture Ecosystem Awards Keynote Speaker
Tim Keenan | Cofounder, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship
Tim Keenan is an active entrepreneur who has been a principal in building and selling of four businesses. Most recently, Tim served as president and chairman of the board of directors of High Performance Technologies Inc. (HPTi), which provides high performance computing, system engineering, and healthcare bioinformatics to federal government customers, including the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Justice.
Tim is also the cofounder of the Timothy and Kathleen ’81 Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at Le Moyne College, which seeks to advance the Central New York economy by utilizing personal enterprise to promote economic development and combat poverty.
In addition to his work in business, Tim Keenan is an adjunct professor for the executive MBA capstone at George Mason University, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown University, and an entrepreneur-in-residence of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. As part of this commitment, Tim serves on the Dean’s Council of The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the George Mason College of Science Advisory Council and the James Madison University Deans’ Council for the College of Business.
Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University (OSU) and earned a Master of Business Administration from Souther Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Award for Best Executive, GovCon’s Executive of the Year, the American Business Award for Best Executive, Winning Workplace’s Best Boss Award, and the Entrepreneurism Award from the Fisher College of Business at OSU. In 2008, Tim was inducted into the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Hall of Fame.
Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell MBBS, MBA | CEO, Healthcare Hub, LLC
Dr. Natalie Apparicio-Farrell is a family physician from Trinidad and Tobago, where she received a full, merit-based scholarship to complete medical training at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. She graduated from medical school in 2005 and has ECFMG certification since 2007, which is the equivalency certification required in the United States for foreign medical graduates. She completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA with GPA 4.0) with a specialized focus in Healthcare Administration at University of Massachusetts Amherst in December 2015.
Dr. Apparicio-Farrell has great experience in the healthcare field and is blending her professional and business background as CEO of Healthcare Hub to move the company into the innovative, new phase of manufacturing of eco-friendly medical supplies to alter the current purchasing trends of healthcare institutions, thus decreasing the negative impact of healthcare waste on the environment.
Brian Corrigan has nearly two decades of experience building, architecting, and operating large software properties in the entertainment space. After interacting with hundreds of millions of players, earning billions of dollars in revenue and managing all kinds of different people he still loves nothing more than creating cool things with like-minded people.
Brian is an advisor of Odd Networks, a Saratoga Springs startup that has created an open source middleware that lets agencies and publishers deliver next-gen video applications combining the best aspects of social, gaming, content publishing and live TV.
Brian is also the Managing Partner and Principal Engineer for MadGlory, a firm that designs and builds multi-million user web and mobile applications, custom backend services and social communities.
Prior to this experience Brian worked as the Chief Technical Officer for Major League Gaming and Agora Games.
He is also the lead organizer of Startup Weekend Tech Valley and Level Up Conference, a mentor for Startfast Venture Accelerator and Startup Weekend Syracuse, and a member of the UNY50 Leadership Network.
George Daddis | CEO & President, OMNI-ID
George is an experienced CEO & entrepreneur, having founded two successful technology companies. He has extensive experience in building companies, raising capital, and establishing markets for digital and IT technologies.
After receiving his B.S., M.S., and PhD. Degrees from Cornell University in Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics, George began his engineering and management career at Eastman Kodak and subsequently Xerox, building engineering teams for various imaging product lines. These teams focused on quick time-to-market deliveries and “best in class” performance and cost digital product platforms.
In 1998, George founded his first company, InSciTek Microsystems Inc. that provided digital hardware and software design services to Fortune 500 companies such as Sharp Electronics, GE, Kodak, and many other technology companies in the US. In 2003, Allworx Corp was founded from the core of InSciTek and quickly established itself as a national provider of small business VoIP telephone systems – a comprehensive technology firm including R&D, manufacturing, marketing/sales, and customer support functions.
George aggressively grew this VC-backed business to over 75,000 end users with a sales channel of over 900+ dealers throughout North America. In 2007, George successfully sold Allworx Corp to PAETEC, a major national telephone services company headquartered in Rochester, NY.
Prior to joining Omni-ID in 2011, George served as CEO at WorldGate Communications, a publicly-held video telephony firm in Philadelphia.
Devin Daly | CEO & Cofounder, SpinCar
Devin Daly is the CEO and cofounder of SpinCar, the leading provider of automated 360-degree merchandising solutions.
Devin is uniquely informed on cutting-edge techniques used to increase dealer website and VDP effectiveness. Having worked closely with major automotive groups and dealerships, as well as marquee fashion clients like Louis Vuitton and Nike, Devin understands how to lift conversion rates and boost website stickiness to drive more revenue and profit to a dealership.
He combines a deep understanding of state of the art eCommerce best practices with a true empathy for the problems today’s dealers are looking to overcome.
Anthony Johnson brings considerable experience in the sales and management of products and services to the research and regulated life science fields. His creative perspective to implementing successful sales and marketing strategies, early stage funding, joint ventures and daily management are a strong asset to Empire Genomics.
Formerly, in the capacity as Business Area Manager for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine for Invitrogen Corporation’s GIBCO business unit, he coordinated and directed their entrance into the nascent stem cell market. In doing this, he connected a diverse suite of technologies and products ranging from cell culture products and antibodies to cell separation and quality control technologies to provide complete customer solutions.
Prior to Invitrogen, Anthony worked as a strategic business consultant, directed global sales and marketing activities within the pharmaceutical industry and played an integral role in the design and development of the global competitor intelligence system for the CRESTOR product of AstraZeneca. He’s coordinated and signed deals with public, private and governmental organizations worldwide and experience for Empire Genomics.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fisk University in Biology and an MBA in International Strategy from Manchester Business School in Manchester, England.
Elisa Miller-Out | Cofounder, CourseQ
Elisa Miller-Out is an entrepreneur, investor and community builder. She’s currently co-founder of CourseQ, a chatbot startup and COO of Women 2.0, an international community of tech leaders. She’s also managing director of the Finger Lakes Fund, an early stage angel investment fund.
Elisa recently had a successful exit from Singlebrook, a custom software services firm that she co-founded and ran for 10 years. Singlebrook has Fortune 500, higher education and nonprofit clients from all over the world including: Cornell, Yale, Henry Schein, Hitachi, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund and more.
Elisa has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes and other publications, and she speaks about technology and entrepreneurship at events across the country.
Prior to founding Singlebrook, Elisa founded two other companies and worked in a variety of industries in New York City. She has also founded several networking groups and regularly serves as a mentor and judge for startup accelerators and competitions. And she is a member of the UNY50 Leadership Network.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. In her spare time, Elisa enjoys local foods, Crossfit, swimming in waterfalls, reading and spending time with her husband and two daughters and her big extended family.
Rohini Srihari | Professor at SUNY Buffalo, Serial Entrepreneur
Rohini Srihari is an entrepreneur, scientist and educator. She has been involved with language technology companies for over a decade. She has worked extensively with the US Government, specifically the Department of Defense in developing innovative multilingual text mining solutions.
Most recently, she founded Content Savvy, a company offering “big data” content enrichment and analytics solutions for various markets, including healthcare and customer service and support. Content Savvy was recently acquired by SmartFocus.
Dr. Srihari is also on the faculty of the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. She has given numerous talks and published extensively in the areas of text mining and multilingual text analysis.
Sinclair Schuller| Cofounder & CEO, Apprenda
With his two co-founders, Apprenda has secured $57M in venture capital from funds NEA, Ignition Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and High Peak Ventures to deliver private and public PaaS to enterprise developers.
Apprenda is the best way for enterprises to cloud enable existing and new applications on current and future infrastructure investments. Sinclair serves on multiple venture networks and speaks nationally on the topics of enterprise IT efficiency, cloud computing and next generation enterprise architectures.
Before Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems. Sinclair holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dane Stangler | VP of Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation
Dane serves on the the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s senior leadership team and leads a staff of more than 20 economic research analysts and senior scholars who are conducting or funding hundreds of studies on entrepreneurship and youth education.
Charged with creating new knowledge about entrepreneurship, Dane is the author of several research reports on what drives economic growth in an entrepreneurial economy. His reports include “Path-Dependent Startup Hubs” and “Where Will the Jobs Come From?”
With the goal of translating research into real-world implications, Dane engages with policymakers at the national, state, and local levels. He has spoken at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual conference and at National Governors Association events, and testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He also presented testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the advantages of senior entrepreneurship.
Paul Travers | President, Vuzix
Paul Travers is a serial entrepreneur having started four startups throughout his career.
He specializes in technology development and the challenges associated with starting a new business in a new industry, focusing on consumer electronics.
However, Vuzix today has Defense, Industrial and Consumer divisions, with a new set of offerings in the Augmented Reality space.
Victoria Van Voorhis | CEO, Second Avenue Learning
Victoria Van Voorhis is an EdTech leader and sought-after speaker, former Digital Rochester Technology Woman of the Year, and founder and CEO of the Pittsford-based educational games company Second Avenue Learning.
Her goal for Second Avenue is to creatively blend pedagogy with technology to create innovative learning environments, solutions, and curricula that empower teachers and engage K-16 students.
Victoria received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and her master’s from New York University.
She has served as the Principal Investigator for both Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants.