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.
Social Media & Computer Science Intern
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.
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
Jason Riley, PhD
Chief Operating Officer, that started as employee #1 and has led a materials science start-up to become an end-to-end R&D and manufacturing company valued at more than $80M
Jenifer Robertson, PhD
Business Strategist – Agile Coach – University Instructor – Project Management Professional – Organization Leader – Executive Consultant
Professional experiences range from small three-person partnerships to organizational leadership in Fortune 100 companies.
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
CEO, Speed Stacks, Inc.
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.
Shannon O'Neill, PhD, JD
Shannon is a Colorado attorney with a passion for business development and growth opportunities. Shannon is a science geek (Ph.D. in Immunology) and has a love of learning. Shannon has worked as an attorney for Techstars and currently does business development for ContractsRx (a scaling legal SaaS company), has her own legal and business consulting firm, and is a volunteer analyst for the Rockies Venture Club.
Colleen Stiles, PhD
Faculty and Co-Director Bachelor of Innovation at UCCS, as well as founder Quoin Consulting serving clients on a confidential basis by providing strategic innovative business and philanthropic services.
CEO & Design Director at Trailmerge
Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Marketing Pioneer, Start Up Junkie, Technologist, Design Thinker, Student of the Game, Nerd.