During the iQ workshops take advantage of our network of professional mentors looking to hear about your ideas and help you develop them. These professional mentors range from current and former entrepreneurs to experienced angel investors. The mentors will attend all of the workshops, network with all of the teams, evaluate final applications, and participate in the judging process. They are here for your success! Please contact the iQ team to be in touch with any of our mentors outside of the workshops.


Mentor Name Area of Expertise
Analouie, Mostafa Biotech, Medical Devices
Aune, Dave Startups, Mentoring, Customer Experience
Bienemann, Robin Operations, Manufacturing
Behandish, Morad Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science
Bouley, Kevin Business Generalist
Bruno, Christopher Consulting, Human Resources, Healthcare Industry, Investment Management, Survey Research, Databases
Chen, Carson Innovation Quest – Managing Partner, Business Strategy, Business Development, Technology, Team Building, Product Development, Keen ability to listen
Chen, Nelson Sales
Cremins, Matt Engineering, Business Startups
Dino, Rich Director, UConn Innovation Quest Program, Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Dvoskin, Dan Finance, Software
Evans, Annette Biology, Science/STEM Fields, Small Business Startups in CT
Feeney, Margaret Management, Operations
Fox, Keith Innovation Quest – Managing Partner, Brand Strategy, Product Development and Positioning, Marketing, Management, Finance
Gangemi, Tony Law – Patent and other areas of IP Law
Gardiner, Kevin Operations, Customer Service, Retail, SaaS
Gilson, Paul Entrepreneurial Finance
Hughes, Paul Law and Emerging Growth Companies
Kolb, Gloria Medical Devices
Longo, Parker Venture Capital
Maguire, Steve Medical products, Product developments, Manufacturing, Management
Menard, Dave Law
Noble, David Business model development, Digital Innovation
O’Neil, Brooks Healthcare, Consumer packaged goods, Financial Services
Parker, Paul Business Start-ups
Roeck, Guenter Computer Science, Focus on operating systems and embedded system development
Schloss, Gary Manufacturing, Design, Prototyping, International Business
Shannon, Tim Healthcare with a focus on biopharmaceuticals
Smith, Mark R. Technical Skills: Scientific Imaging and Geoscientific Research Skills

Operations: Accounting, Product Development, Small Business Management, Sales & Marketing, Capital Growth & Cashflow Strategies

Souder, David Strategy
Stalf, Andrea Marketing & Strategy
Tansey, Hugh Sales, Business Development
Tirea, Don User Experience & User Interface Design, Digital Product Development Process, Agile Development, Waterfall Development, User Acceptance Testing, Lean Methodology
Ullman, Nadav Technology, B2B, SaaS, Sales, Startups
Yakaitis, Larry Software Development and Commercialization, Business Startups
Yakaitis, Mackie Marketing
Zehner, Andrew Business and legal affairs