AMY SALZHAUER, MANAGING PARTNER

AMY SALZHAUER, MANAGING PARTNER

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 

Founder & CEO of Ignition Ventures

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 named 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

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

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, PARTNER

MAUREEN STANCIK BOYCE, PHD, 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 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

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

MILT ALPERN, VENTURE PARTNER

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., where he lead the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and two secondary public offerings in 2014 and 2015.  

CFO of ITA Software, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, acquired by Google in 2011. 

CFO of Applix, Inc.,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.

KATHLEEN KENNEDY, VENTURE PARTNER

KATHLEEN KENNEDY, VENTURE PARTNER

Director, Special Projects, at MIT

Served as Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation.  

Co-founded HUBweek, a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology. Kathleen serves as Vice Chair and is on the executive board. 

President, MIT Technology Review, and President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global network of chapters organized around entrepreneurship.


Frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events around the world and is a skilled moderator on a wide variety of topics. 

Served as a judge for many competitions including the MITX awards, the MacArthur Foundation, the Inclusive Innovation Competition, and the Lemelson-MIT prizes

She was awarded the Folio: 40, which recognizes the most innovative and influential people in the media industry, and named by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women of 2017.

 

MARK JOHNSON, VENTURE PARTNER

MARK JOHNSON, VENTURE PARTNER

20 years of starting, building, and running digital businesses

Built multiple digital media brands from scratch, bootstrapped to profitability with successful acquisition with Condé Nast

Managed, grew, and launched properties for Condé Nast

CEO of collaborative scriptwriting software startup Scripto

Founded Attic Ventures

B.A. in History from Colby College.

NEIL THAKUR, VENTURE PARTNER

NEIL THAKUR, VENTURE PARTNER

Health policy expert who specializes in performance measurement, implementation and governance

Special Assistant to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

He implemented and manages the world’s largest policy to make biomedical research papers publically accessible.

Co-chaired the White House taskforce that lead to the requirement that all federal science agencies make their research papers publicly accessible. During is his tenure at NIH, he also spent a year on detail to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging

Assistant Director of Health Services Research & Development, Dept. of Veterans Affairs 

Awarded several NIH Director’s Awards, and the Secretary for Health and Human Services’ award for Meritorious Service

Ph.D. Health Policy, Yale University School of Public Health, NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SOPHIE HAGERTY, ASSOCIATE

SOPHIE HAGERTY, ASSOCIATE

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

Experience in public affairs, market research, and business development 

BA Government, Harvard University