Team

The StartUp Cup team has been actively designing entrepreneurial ecosystems, producing business model competitions, designing experiential based entrepreneurial programs and building entrepreneurial communities since 2006.

StartUp Cup Leadership

Sean_GSean Griffin
CEO & Founder

Sean facilitates organizational strategies, entrepreneurial program development, strategic partnerships, and entrepreneurial ecosystem design. Sean is an internationally renowned visual thinker, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial educator, and community builder.
@seankgriffin on Twitter | Connect with Sean on LinkedIn

 

Kathy10_102013_pp headshotKatherine Pierandri
Director of Operations

Katherine runs the day-to-day business of StartUp Cup through the management of operations, processes and special projects. In short, she is responsible for getting things done at StartUp Cup. Katherine has been actively involved in StartUp Cup since early 2012. @StartUpCupNerd on Twitter | Connect with Katherine on LinkedIn

 

Dalia_HeadshotDalia Al-Saied
Senior Community Development Manager

Dalia supports facilitating development of StartUp Cup organizers and partnerships throughout the world. Dalia has been involved in the development of the Cairo StartUp Cup and growing Egypt’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. @DaliaAlSaid on twitterConnect with Dalia on LinkedIn

 

Alice Fenton
Associate | Silicon Valley Region

Alice supports facilitating development and management of StartUp Cup partnerships in the Silicon Valley Region. Alice has been actively involved in StartUp Cup since 2011 as Organizer of Silicon Valley StartUp Cup. Connect with Alice on LinkedIn

 

 

Sheri “T-Bone” Anderson
Lead Designer

T-Bone is responsible for all StartUp Cup creative, brand standards, and design. Sheri has been actively involved in StartUp Cup since its inception.

 

 

StartUp Cup Advisors

Shelly_Profile_Pic_09.13Shelly Porges
National Finance Co-Chair, Ready for Hillary & Global Entrepreneurship Advocate

Shelly advises and supports guiding StartUp Cup’s global expansion, strategic relationship development and women’s entrepreneurship growth. @ShellyPorges on Twitter | Connect with Shelly on LinkedIn

 

Jeff_HoffmanJeff Hoffman
Partner & CoFounder at CoolJar

Jeff advises StartUp Cup strategic relationship development, local StartUp Cup organizer engagement and global entrepreneurship development. Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn

 

 

StartUp Cup Thought Partners

Michael_Bernard_Image Michael Bernard
CEO Bampton Corporation

Michael advises business model and strategic direction for StartUp Cup. Michael supports entrepreneurial program design along with entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Michael is a business model mentor and judge with Silicon Valley StartUp Cup. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn

 

Ted Cundiff, President, SpiritBank

Ted Cundiff
CEO, AVB Bank

Ted has been an actively involved in the design and development of StartUp Cup since 2006. Ted continues supporting the growth of StartUp Cup by guiding strategic direction, entrepreneurial program design, along with entrepreneurial ecosystem coaching. Ted has been a judge and mentor with StartUp Cup since 2007. Connect with Ted on LinkedIn

 

 

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Araksia Martirossian
StartUp Cup Judge & Master Mentor

Araksia advises strategic partnership development, entrepreneurial program design along with startup mentor training. Araksia has been a StartUp Cup Master Mentor | Judge with StartUp Cup since 2012 and a 2014 World StartUp Cup Judge. Connect with Araksia on LinkedIn

 

Lisa_Palmer_HeadshotLisa Palmer
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Financial Services Industry

Lisa advises business model and strategic partnership development for StartUp Cup. Lisa supports entrepreneurial program design along with startup coaching. Lisa has been a business model mentor with StartUp Cup since 2011. Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn

 

MichelleFReidMichelle Firment Reid
Artist & Entrepreneur

Michelle supports creative direction, strategic partnership development and artist entrepreneurship growth. Michelle has been a business model mentor with StartUp Cup since 2009. @artistMFReid on Twitter | Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn

 

 

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Amy Reeves Robinson
StartUp Cup Master Mentor 

Amy advises strategic partnership development and story telling. Amy has been a StartUp Cup Master Mentor and Judge with StartUp Cup since 2011. @areevesrob on Twitter |  Connect with Amy on LinkedIn

 

 

Paul Rossler

Paul Rossler
Intellectual Property Attorney, GableGotwals

Paul advises business model and intellectual property development for StartUp Cup. Paul supports entrepreneurial program design along with entrepreneurial ecosystem coaching. Paul has been a business model mentor with StartUp Cup since 2010. Connect with Paul on LinkedIn

 

 

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Mohamed Roushdy
StartUp Cup Judge & Master Mentor

Mohamed advises and supports entrepreneurial ecosystem development and mentor training. Mohamed has been a Master Mentor, business model designer, and Judge with StartUp Cup since 2012. Connect with Mohamed on LinkedIn 

 

 

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Murtaza Zaidi
Founder & CEO, CyberVision International

Murtaza advises business model and strategic direction for StartUp Cup. Murtaza supports entrepreneurial program design along with entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Murtaza has been actively involved with StartUp Cup since 2013 as Executive Director of TiE Islamabad and Organizer of Pakistan StartUp Cup. Connect with Murtaza on LinkedIn