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Madeleine "Maddy" Stokes

COO, UpSurge Baltimore

Tony Sardella

CEO, Acendian

Tricia Compas-Markman

Director, National Venture Programs, VentureWell

Jerry Hollister

Co-Owner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting

Keishla Tirado

Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology, PR Small Business Development Centers

Stacy Swider

VP Investments, MassVentures

Pete Nelson

President, AgLaunch

Scott Mosley

Executive Director, StartingBlock

Maura Shenker

Economic Impact and Innovation Fellow, U.S. Small Business Administration

Elden Hawkes

Partnership and Innovation Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Alison Evans

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Tulinda Larsen

President, Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (UAMMI)

Mary Larkin

Program Manager, BARDA Accelerator Network, BARDA

Josh Nichol-Caddy

Director of Innovation and Technology Programs, Nebraska Business Development Center

Bridget Weston


Mark Madrid

Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Rikki O'Reilly Jones

Ecosystem Investment Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Daniel Kleinman

Founder & CEO, Seaworthy Collective

Qyana M. Stewart

CEO & Principal Consultant, GlobalForce Tech Consulting, LLC

Bailey DeVries

Associate Administrator for Investment & Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Obum Ukabam

Associate Director, OK Catalyst

Erick Page-Littleford

Acting Director, Small Business Innovation Research & Technology Transfer Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

Jason Rittenberg

Vice President, SSTI

Tammy Charles

Director, Corporate Relations, Black Innovation Alliance

Cordelia "Dede" Zecher

Chief Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Charles Ross

President & CEO, International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)

Kathleen Warner

Senior Advisor, America Achieves

Anna Lucas

Director, Office of Rural Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration

Donald Ufford

Assistant Director for Supply Chain and Ecosystem Development, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Tracey Dodenhoff

Vice President, Entrepreneurship + Innovation, Arizona State University

Mary Grove

Managing Partner, Bread & Butter Ventures

John Selep

Co-Founder & President, AgTech Innovation Alliance (AgStart)

Joann Hill

Principal Advisor to the Under Secretary, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Isabella Guzman

Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Suling Walker

Vice President, North Carolina Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce

Amy Whitney

Director, University of North Dakota Center for Innovation

Jennifer Kim

Associate Administrator, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Small Business Administration

Erika Fuchs

Professor, Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Jackson Brossy

Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration

Ross Busch

Partnerships Associate, Village Capital

Rohit Shukla

Founder & CEO, Larta Institute

Erin Horne McKinney

National Executive Director, Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship

Donna Harris

Founder & CEO, Builders + Backers

Krista Covey

CEO / President, First Flight Venture Center

Jennifer Shieh

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Brittany Sickler

Director of Ecosystem Development, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Jessica Milano

Chief Program Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury- Office of Capital Access

Fay Horwitt

President & CEO, Forward Cities

Arjun Gupta

Chief Believer, TeleSoft Partners

Joseph Parilla

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

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