Amy Salzhauer, Managing Partner CEO of Ignition Ventures between 1999-2014, a venture creation firm focused on technology commercialization.  Started multiple science-based startups out of MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University, including raising multi-million dollar VC Series A rounds while starting Ember Corporation, Lilliputian Systems, and SiOnyx  10+ years in sourcing and advising startup opportunities Served on multiple boards, including the Board of Directors for the Maine Small Enterprise Growth Fund, the Investment Committee for the Mass Renewable Energy Investment Trust, and Ember Chosen as a “100 top Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and multiple times as a top “40 under 40” business leader MBA, M.I.T./Sloan, M.Phil. from Cambridge University, A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Amy Salzhauer, Managing Partner

CEO of Ignition Ventures between 1999-2014, a venture creation firm focused on technology commercialization. 

Started multiple science-based startups out of MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University, including raising multi-million dollar VC Series A rounds while starting Ember Corporation, Lilliputian Systems, and SiOnyx 

10+ years in sourcing and advising startup opportunities

Served on multiple boards, including the Board of Directors for the Maine Small Enterprise Growth Fund, the Investment Committee for the Mass Renewable Energy Investment Trust, and Ember

Chosen as a “100 top Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and multiple times as a top “40 under 40” business leader

MBA, M.I.T./Sloan, M.Phil. from Cambridge University, A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

David Mendez, Managing Partner Founder and Managing Partner of Capital A Partners "CAP A" and Butterfly Ventures (Finland), both early stage VC investors in the USA and the Nordics Focused on fund formation and administration, as well asongoing operations.    Over 6 years in venture capital Successful serial entrepreneur experiencing several exits, and advising multiple startups in the USA and Europe in business development, finance and operations Prior to being an entrepreneur, worked as an engineer and business manager at DuPont, Conoco and General Electric.    BS Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Mendez, Managing Partner

Founder and Managing Partner of Capital A Partners "CAP A" and Butterfly Ventures (Finland), both early stage VC investors in the USA and the Nordics

Focused on fund formation and administration, as well asongoing operations.   

Over 6 years in venture capital

Successful serial entrepreneur experiencing several exits, and advising multiple startups in the USA and Europe in business development, finance and operations

Prior to being an entrepreneur, worked as an engineer and business manager at DuPont, Conoco and General Electric.   

BS Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Osborne, Managing Partner Over a decade working various roles in the finance industry including in commercial banking, private banking and angel investing.   Co-founded and Director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a non-profit initiative dedicated to creating collision among entrepreneurs in the Charleston region.   Executive Administrator of Charleston Angel Partners, the longest tenured angel investment group in the Charleston region.   He is widely known in the start up circles around SC and the Southeast bringing quick brand awareness to the fund.  B.S. in Finance from Charleston Southern University 

John Osborne, Managing Partner

Over a decade working various roles in the finance industry including in commercial banking, private banking and angel investing.  

Co-founded and Director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a non-profit initiative dedicated to creating collision among entrepreneurs in the Charleston region.  

Executive Administrator of Charleston Angel Partners, the longest tenured angel investment group in the Charleston region.  

He is widely known in the start up circles around SC and the Southeast bringing quick brand awareness to the fund. 

B.S. in Finance from Charleston Southern University 

 
Maureen Stancik Boyce, PhD, Venture Partner Mentor at MIT's Sandbox Fund, dedicated to student led startups, and lead on an MIT alumni office task force, focusing on MIT graduate student alumni Co-founder and COO of Ignition Ventures, which helped create fundable companies alongside technology entrepreneurs;  she helped start companies such as SiOnyx, Zoragen, Ember, and Lilliputian Systems Extensive consulting experience both in the US and Asia, having a worldwide focus.   Associate Partner in IBM’s Business Strategy practice, 10+ years leading the worldwide Thought Leadership Practice in Consumer Products, Retail and Travel Taught at MIT in engineering management and economics Served in the US Peace Corps, building small water systems for Fijian villages Holds a PhD, MS, and MBA from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon  Maureen's PhD research in Engineering Project Management focused on multi-criteria decision-making under uncertainty with multiple decision makers, a skill she leverages often as it is highly applicable to start-ups

Maureen Stancik Boyce, PhD, Venture Partner

Mentor at MIT's Sandbox Fund, dedicated to student led startups, and lead on an MIT alumni office task force, focusing on MIT graduate student alumni

Co-founder and COO of Ignition Ventures, which helped create fundable companies alongside technology entrepreneurs;  she helped start companies such as SiOnyx, Zoragen, Ember, and Lilliputian Systems

Extensive consulting experience both in the US and Asia, having a worldwide focus.  

Associate Partner in IBM’s Business Strategy practice, 10+ years leading the worldwide Thought Leadership Practice in Consumer Products, Retail and Travel

Taught at MIT in engineering management and economics

Served in the US Peace Corps, building small water systems for Fijian villages

Holds a PhD, MS, and MBA from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon 

Maureen's PhD research in Engineering Project Management focused on multi-criteria decision-making under uncertainty with multiple decision makers, a skill she leverages often as it is highly applicable to start-ups

Carolyne LaSala, Managing Partner Over 15 years in software and mobile technology, launching businesses, building and leading teams, and creating new products that touch millions Launched and led multiple businesses for Apple, including the iTunes Music US, iTunes Europe and the App Store VP of Product and Business Development for a Va. based startup still in stealth, creating product vision, defining strategy and roadmap  Co-founder & CEO of Argand, developing disease-specific mobile applications for patients  Advisor on product and business strategy for multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies MBA, Duke University, Fuqua Merit Scholar, BA Connecticut College

Carolyne LaSala, Managing Partner

Over 15 years in software and mobile technology, launching businesses, building and leading teams, and creating new products that touch millions

Launched and led multiple businesses for Apple, including the iTunes Music US, iTunes Europe and the App Store

VP of Product and Business Development for a Va. based startup still in stealth, creating product vision, defining strategy and roadmap 

Co-founder & CEO of Argand, developing disease-specific mobile applications for patients 

Advisor on product and business strategy for multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies

MBA, Duke University, Fuqua Merit Scholar, BA Connecticut College

Sophie Hagerty, Associate Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, currently residing in Hong Kong Experience in public affairs, market research, and business development  Educational background is political science with a focus on the development and decision making constraints of governments, organizational behavior, and system failure  BA in Government from Harvard University

Sophie Hagerty, Associate

Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, currently residing in Hong Kong

Experience in public affairs, market research, and business development 

Educational background is political science with a focus on the development and decision making constraints of governments, organizational behavior, and system failure 

BA in Government from Harvard University

 
Milt Alpern, Venture Partner Over thirty years of financial management experience in the technology and software industry with both publicly held and privately funded companies in the Charleston, SC and Boston, MA areas.  CFO of Benefitfocus, Inc., a publicly held Charleston-based software-as-a-service provider of benefits management solutions to large enterprises and insurance carriers.  While at Benefitfocus, lead the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and two secondary public offerings in 2014 and 2015.  During his tenure as CFO, the company’s revenues grew from less than $70 million in 2011 to more than $230 million today and its employee population grew from approximately 650 to more than 1,500.    CFO of ITA Software, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, a software-as-a-service provider of technology solutions to the travel industry, acquired by Google in 2011.  CFO of Applix, Inc., a publicly held international provider of business performance management and business intelligence software, acquired by Cognos, Inc. in 2007 CFO of Eprise Corporation, a provider of business Web site content management software and solutions, where he also led the company’s initial public offering in 2000.  Milt began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand), certified public accountants.

Milt Alpern, Venture Partner

Over thirty years of financial management experience in the technology and software industry with both publicly held and privately funded companies in the Charleston, SC and Boston, MA areas. 

CFO of Benefitfocus, Inc., a publicly held Charleston-based software-as-a-service provider of benefits management solutions to large enterprises and insurance carriers. 

While at Benefitfocus, lead the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and two secondary public offerings in 2014 and 2015.  During his tenure as CFO, the company’s revenues grew from less than $70 million in 2011 to more than $230 million today and its employee population grew from approximately 650 to more than 1,500.   

CFO of ITA Software, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, a software-as-a-service provider of technology solutions to the travel industry, acquired by Google in 2011. 

CFO of Applix, Inc., a publicly held international provider of business performance management and business intelligence software, acquired by Cognos, Inc. in 2007

CFO of Eprise Corporation, a provider of business Web site content management software and solutions, where he also led the company’s initial public offering in 2000. 

Milt began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand), certified public accountants.