Startup Mentors

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Experienced seiral entrepreneurs will serve as your business mentors and will help you figure out detailed plan and next steps in your startup journey. They can help answer many questions about starting and running a business, helping you desing commercialization strategy, navigate financials, introduce to potential CEO candidates or customers, explain how investments work, what to do with your company's equity, and many other issues. To schedule a time with one of our EIRs, please email Alla McCoy at 

Laura NeumanLaura Neuman

Laura Neuman has held public office and was CEO and company-builder in the private sector, ranging from venture-backed start-up to established national organizations. She has mentored, consulted or evaluated hundreds of early stage or start-up companies. Most notable achievement in business was to build technology startup Matrics, raising $17 million in venture capital; sold for $230 million.  More about Laura here.




Doug Humphrey

Doug Humphrey is a serial entrepreneur. Likely he can't help himself—probably some genetic pre-disposition to starting companies.    He has started many,  had success and failure, and serves today on a variety of boards of advisors and directors, and also as a business consultant to companies of all sizes. His companies include Digex, CORE Location, SkyCache/Cidera. More details about Doug are here. 




Harry Geller

Harry is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of successful startup companies. He has started, owned and managed fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992. More details abour Harry are here.




Glen Hellman

Glen is a serieal enterepreneur and a former Angel Investor and was named the by Tech Cocktail as the #1 Angel Investor in America. He's an avid startup and technology blogger, affectionally known as DC's own Mr. Cranky. More details about Glen are here.




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