In-Kind Donors for the Startup Competition

Legal Services:

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag is a dynamic law firm that represents public and private clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide. Its expertise is in industries such as life sciences and healthcare, technology, energy and renewables, investment management, and professional services. It also offers clients market-leading international litigation and arbitration and corporate social responsibility services.

Lederberg & Blackman LLP

Lederberg & Blackman LLP is a law firm of experienced, large firm corporate, business and litigation attorneys now practicing in a boutique setting. It combines the skill, knowledge and expertise found in larger firms with the ability of a boutique firm to aggressively manage costs, thereby eliminating unnecessary overhead and other expenses that do not improve upon the quality of legal work you receive.

Matthew L. Bycer

Bycer Law, PLC

Matt Bycer has years of experience in patents and intellectual property with experience in technological and industrial areas including medical devices, exercise equipment, sporting equipment, pharmaceuticals, toys, software, construction, motor mechanics, electrical engineering. Clients of Mr. Bycer include inventors who have obtained patent rights both directly and on appeal before the BPAI, licensed or sold patent rights; registered and protected valuable trademarks; and registered copyrights. Mr. Bycer has assisted securing internet domains and successfully arbitrated domain disputes. In addition, when necessary, Mr. Bycer has represented and succeeded in defending his clients against allegations of trademark, trade-dress and patent infringement.

Mildred McLaney

Senior Corporate and Securities Attorney, Aquila Investment Management Funds

Mildred McLaney is a senior corporate and securities attorney. She also deals with real estate law.

Corporate Services:
Dun & Bradstreet

D&B is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses and its global commercial database contains more than 195 million business records. D&B provides solution sets that meet a diverse set of customer needs globally. Customers use D&B Risk Management Solutions™ to mitigate credit and supplier risk, increase cash flow and drive increased profitability; D&B Sales & Marketing Solutions™ to increase revenue from new and existing customers; and D&B Internet Solutions to convert prospects into clients faster by enabling business professionals to research companies, executives and industries.

Cutler & Company

Cutler & Company is a Providence-based communications design firm helping their clients effectively target key audiences and constituencies. Since 2003, they have represented the State of Rhode Island, the City of Providence, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Betaspring, Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a number of technology-based and social enterprise startups.

Anthony Terrell Teat

CEO, Masai Interactive

Anthony Teat is the CEO/ Creative Director of Masai Interactive, a branding and visual communications firm that specializes in making small businesses look big, and bigger businesses look better. Tony provides brand and marketing consulting services to a variety of startups and emerging businesses and organizations. He has held leadership positions in several local design organizations and has served as an adjunct professor in the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of Mass Media & Visual Arts.

Consulting and Counseling Services:

Rick Goldman

CFO, Goldman Financial Services

Goldman Financial Services, Inc. is a consulting firm comprised of accounting, tax, financial planning, and banking and computer systems professionals. The firm can provide fundamental weekly bookkeeping through financial, tax and strategic planning services, including the automation of accounting systems, tax return preparation, budgeting and strategic planning, and personal financial planning. Its consultants are experienced installers of One-Write Plus, MYOB, Peachtree Accounting and Quickbooks.

Elizabeth Hamburg

Founder, Upstart Ventures

Upstart Ventures is an incubator and consulting firm for early stage start-ups. It has been involved in the start up and growth of new businesses for over 15 years and counseled hundreds of ventures including ApplyWise, an online college admissions counseling company. Elizabeth Hamburg has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and mentor to entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Among other achievements, she has launched new products for Reuters Tokyo and Fujisankei Communications, one of Japan’s largest media conglomerates, where she worked on the first international television home shopping show and played a leading role in the introduction of Fuji’s Nintendo game software into the U.S.

Christopher Heintz

Founder, Perennial Investors LLC

Chris Heintz is the founder and managing member of Perennial Investors LLC, a New York based hedge fund specializing in US equities.  Prior to founding Perennial, he founded MassMedium, Inc., an online advertising company, which was sold in 2002.  He graduated from Brown University in 1994 and from Harvard Business School in 1998.

David Ronick


David Ronick is an entrepreneur, and mentor to founders. He has co-founded and exited three companies, and has coached over 100 start-ups. His clients include rock stars, pro-athletes, hedge-fund billionaires, movie producers, Fortune 500-incubated ventures, and executives jumping ship to start their own businesses. David is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, and lives in New York City.

Brandon Barnett

General Manger, Intel Corporation

Dr. Brandon Barnett has over ten years experience advising and leading new 
businesses. He currently works within Intel Corporation’s New Business Initiatives incubator where he focuses on technology commercialization and frameworks for corporate venturing. Dr Barnett has advised multiple start-up ventures and is a member of the Commercialization Advisory Council, a funding board for the Oregon Nanotechnology and Microelectronics Institute (ONAMI). Dr. Barnett is the author of 13 issued US patents, 14 pending US patents, and 12 publications in technical journals and conference proceedings on topics ranging from computer architectures and systems to devices and 

Chad Billmyer

Co-founder, Enthusify

Chad Billmyer is a co-founder of Enthusify, a marketplace for enthusiasts. 300MM enthusiasts buy and sell $10bn of products, parts, and accessories to fellow enthusiasts online each year. Enthusify improves the discovery and purchasing process within interest-based communities through its one-stop-shop, Web-based marketplace. Prior to co-founding Enthusify (AKA DealBird), Billmyer led the interactive marketing arm of Peterson’s. He oversaw sales, product development, customer support, marketing, and strategic planning for and, education planning Web sites with an annual audience of over 6MM uniques.

Jennifer McDonnell

Director of Sales & Marketing, New England Organics

Jennifer McDonnell has over a decade of experience in resource conservation, reuse, and recycling with a focus on organics. Her experience in the design and execution of the environmental programs for Whole Foods Market throughout the Northeast, established her as a leader in the industry. She’s also a Certified Recycling Professional in NJ and is known for spreading her love of home composting wherever she goes.

Karen Watts

Principal, Karen Watts Books

Karen Watts has twenty years of book publishing experience. She was an editor at Random House/Times Books and Workman Publishing, a senior editor at Seth Godin Productions, and in 1998, was a founding partner of Lark Productions, a book development company. Karen Watts Books strategizes book concepts for maximum results, including establishing thought leadership, achieving long-term marketing goals, and creating a distinctive message.

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