Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Hadi Bozorgmanesh is Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering at UConn where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in converting research into viable businesses. Bozorgmanesh is an academic advisor to the Innovation House and actively involved with introducing entrepreneurship to the First-Year Learning Communities. Bozorgmanesh also serves as a mentor and advisor to student entrepreneurs and helps them with funding opportunities through the Third Bridge Grant Program.

Prior to UConn, Bozorgmanesh was a senior executive with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), where he held leadership positions in Europe and the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering, M.S. in Physics and Nuclear Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from UConn.

Kevin Bouley
Kevin Bouley is President and CEO of Nerac, Inc., ( a global technology and IP advisory research firm.  As a thought-leader for the Tolland technology corridor, Kevin is an active Angel investor, nurturing innovation, investing money and resources in numerous small business start-ups, many of which are hosted in within a unique business development environment at Nerac.
Kevin Crowley
Kevin manages the $46 million Connecticut BioScience Facilities Fund, which invests in the build-out of wet laboratory space. He has led CI’s investments in Affinimark Technologies, Cara Therapeutics, Discover Video, HistoRx (sold to Genoptix), Intelligent Clearing Network (ICN), Oil Purification Systems, Oxford Performance Materials, Precipio Diagnostics and Solais Lighting (sold to PowerSecure), and was on the board of Standing Stone, Inc. when it was sold to Alere, Inc. in May 2011.
Richard Dino, Ph.D.
Rich is a tenured member of the Management Faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Business and Co-Director of the iREU Program housed in the Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering Department in the UConn School of Engineering. Before joining the University of Connecticut in 1995, Rich spent more than two decades in the business world, working for several firms including Eastman Kodak, Corning, Inc., and Xerox.
Kenneth C. Ebbitt
During his 30 year career in the financial services industry, Ken was the co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Cortland Financial Group and the Cortland Mutual Funds as well as Waterhouse Asset Management. He was co-founder and Chairman of Wall Street Connect, which developed and managed voice response systems for financial firms.
Tony Mongillo
Tony is the Director of Spirol Corporation, an applications engineering and fastening solutions company located in Danielson, CT Previously, Tony held various management positions at Digital Equipment, and served several executive roles at Dell Corporation, including VP of Operations. Tony is an active member of the CT Audubon Society, where he was the former Chairman and Director.
Glendowlyn Thames
Glen currently is executive director of CTNext. In this role, she oversees vital programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encourages innovation, collaboration, and commercialization. Prior experience includes special assistant to CI’s CEO as well as extensive experience in high-level public administration positions.