Meet The TeamMeet our staff and mentors who are on a mission to support innovative startups. Our mentors come from all over the U.S.
Graduated from UCCS in May of 2021 with a B.S. in Marketing. Luke is a serial entrepreneur founding and working within multiple startups spanning industries including Education, Medical Health Technologies, and Virtual Reality. Luke is now working within EPIIC helping manage the day-to-day operations of the Venture Attractor (Torch Grants) programs.
Social Media & Computer Science
Bder Khan created the YouTube channel for Venture Attractor and creates all the content with Dr. Duening. Bder Khan also keeps the website up to date.
Business Administration Major at UCCS. Coordinating Torch Grants Boot-Up Camp cohorts.
Carrie Olson is the Program Assistant for EPIIC. Carrie started with the University of Colorado in January 2012 on the Boulder campus. She moved to UCCS and started with EPIIC in August 2016.
mentors in residence
Terrance (Terry) Boult, PhD
Distinguished El Pomar professor of innovation and security – experienced serial entrepreneur and world-class researcher in computer vision, machine learning, and security.
I am passionate about working with startup businesses, bringing practical experience gained from a successful startup, thru scaling leading to a successful exit.
Tom Duening, PhD
El Pomar Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, Research Director, and Entrepreneur
Startup CEO and inventor of innovative consumer products
Passionate and Curious Entrepreneur, 2x Founder, Mentor and Advisor to Startups
Entrepreneurial Investment Advisor
James (Jim) Waldrop
Early-Stage Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advisor
I use my extensive startup and leadership experience across multiple industries to help other companies grow their business and achieve their desired goals.
MENTORS ON CALL
Serial Startup Founder and current Co-Director for Founder Institute
Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Benjamin Kwitek, PhD
Director of Innovation at UCCS. An inventor and entrepreneur who has started multiple companies and closed deals with global leaders such as Dell, Facebook, and Sony.
CEO & Design Director at Trailmerge