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An entrepreneur at a startup weekend? Sure. But why a Superintendent of Schools? Startup Weekend Edu is little different than Startup Weekend. The premise is the same: a 54-hour event that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, and developers to embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. But in this case, educators participate to vet the ideas that are pitched on opening night. Then they join teams and help plan, research, and design apps for the education marketplace.

TNL_colorFirst we want to welcome Dr. Teresa Lawrence to the SWEDU Rochester jury! She has worked in the educational arena for over 23 years to include roles as teacher, administrator and R&D in public education, university and private industry. Teresa is recognized as a lead developer of the Williamsville Information Tracking System (WITS), a multi-faceted information management system. Dr. Lawrence currently serves as Superintendent of Schools for the Grand Island Central School District, located in Western New York.

greggNext we want to welcome Gregg Steinberg as a mentor who will be available to consult with teams during the weekend. Gregg is founder and CEO of Charlemagne Global Advisory, a strategy and operations advisory firm for both for profit and not for profit entities. Charlemagne’s current and recent advisory clients include:
Snips.com (Chicago based disruptive digital media content monetization platform), USARAD and Secondopinions.com  (Florida based leading tele-radiology / tele-medicine companies), Give2gether (Israel based crowd funding platform for not for profit development and donor campaigns), Aduro Energy (Toronto based heavy oil production enhancement and clean tech), Omnitas (Israel based group developing a technology park and airport in Arad), iLyngo (developer of Cyfr a disruptive Instant Messaging app that integrates revenue generating mobile commerce / e-commerce and user rewards directly into a mobile platform), DealersLab (Israel based developer of e-commerce community exchange coupling the crowd, social media, financial exchange models and e-commerce), Humble Pie Group is a CPG company manufacturing proprietary branded gourmet fresh and frozen food products, Quantum Group (Florida based cloud SaaS electronic medical records) where he was also a past Member of the Board of Directors and served on Nominations and Audit committees, Pardes (Jerusalem based education Amutah), PresenTense (Jerusalem and New York based not for profit educating and launching social entrepreneurs), and, UPONUS (Chicago based encryption and compression technology developer), GuRu Venture Cluster was intended to be an Israel based early stage sustainable technologies incubator and seed stage venture located in the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva Previously Gregg was the President and/or Managing Officer of numerous associated companies, which combined, formed the largest consulting firm in the world delivering a broad spectrum of management consulting and other professional services solely to the small and medium sized business marketplace and their entrepreneurs. Combined the companies reached approximately 1,800+ employees throughout North America and $250 million in annual revenue.  The company was listed twice (both times in the 10) by INC. magazine in the INC. 500.  Cumulative revenues under Gregg’s presidency exceeded $2 billion. In Gregg’s earlier career he held various positions including, Vice President of a hotel management company, President of a financial advisory firm, Assistant Director Mergers & Acquisitions for a national investment banking firm, and Director of Corporate Finance for a public accounting firm. Gregg is member of the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot Israel and of the American Committees national Board. He is also a member of the Board of Touchstones Discussion Project and of the Institute of Global Leadership at Tufts University. Greg serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, NY and as the Managing Director of the school’s student run venture capital fund. Gregg is a past member of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council, its Homeland Security Task Force, its International Policy Council, its Business Civic Leadership Council and the BCLC’s Working Group on Disaster Recovery. Graduate of the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (formerly the American Graduate School of International Management), Masters International Management / Masters Business Administration.

Andrea Tejedor