Meet The Team

Meet our staff and mentors who are on a mission to support innovative startups. Our mentors come from all over the U.S.

leadership

Luke Doster

Program Coordinator

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.

Tom Duening, PhD

Tom Duening, PhD

Research Director

Bder Khan

Bder Khan

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.

Emily Olsen

Emily Olsen

Marketing Intern

Business Administration Major at UCCS. Coordinating Torch Grants Boot-Up Camp cohorts. 

Carrie Olson

Carrie Olson

Program Assistant

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.  

Mike Connolly, Mentor

Mike Connolly

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, Mentor

Tom Duening, PhD

El Pomar Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, Research Director, and Entrepreneur

Jim Holley, Mentor

Jim Holley

Startup CEO and inventor of innovative consumer products

Jon Rossi, Mentor

Jon Rossi

Passionate and Curious Entrepreneur, 2x Founder, Mentor and Advisor to Startups 

Craig Swiatek, Mentor

Craig Swiatek

Entrepreneurial Investment Advisor

Jim Waldrop, Mentor

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. 

Interested in the Colorado Springs Venture Attractor Boot-Up Camp?