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It’s hard to believe that the Startup Weekend Education DC event is less than two weeks away! We are really excited about everyone who is helping to make this an amazing event.

We’ve got a great group of coaches and mentors who are going to work with teams to give them one-on-one advice, which can be invaluable and a key factor in the teams’ growth as a startup.

We are excited to provide you with our lineup of amazing coaches for the SWEDU DC event!

Leslie Jump Leslie Jump has 25 years experience building, advising, and investing in new companies in the US as well as internationally. Her current focus is Startup Angels, a platform to inspire and enable new angel investors across the US and around the world. Previously Leslie was a partner in Sawari Ventures, a Cairo-based venture capital firm investing. She continues to serve as an advisor to Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures’ accelerator for seed-stage investments, as well as on the boards of several startups and nonprofits. Follow her on twitter here: @lajump

Hasan Abdullah is a Policy Advisor for the US Small Business Administration. Hasan Abdullah’s first foray into entrepreneurship was in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he started an early-stage venture, WeCycles, to provide bike-sharing to the University and town residents. Facing the tough odds of maintaining his business during the recession, Hasan decided to focus his efforts on improving policy to increase economic opportunities for all small businesses. After completing his Masters in Public Policy at Duke University in 2012, Hasan has been working on pushing forward economic policies, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship, small business, and investment. Hasan’s primary goal is getting young people experience in entrepreneurship to help improve not only their professional skills, but also their life skills.

Adam Shapiro as been engaged in edtech, education management, and teaching for over 20 years. He led North American operations and business development for the largest private education provider in the world, directed edtech startups for two of the industry’s most successful entrepreneurs, consulted with edtech startups, incubators, and investors, and taught and managed services at schools in the U.S. and abroad. Adam currently heads operations for ExecOnline, Inc., the first company to take the online university partnership model to the B2B space and winner of the 2014 Return on Education VenturED Award at the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit. Adam also led operations and professional services for Noodle Education, Inc., founded by John Katzman, Founder and former CEO for the pioneering education and technology companies The Princeton Review and 2U. Adam’s 14-year career with Kumon North America, Inc., the largest supplemental education company in the world spanned several key functions—executive leadership to business development to corporate communications. Throughout his experiences, Adam has worked closely with many hundreds of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and education business owners, as well as numerous New York-based CEOs, founders, sponsors, investors, and governmental agencies. Follow Adam on Twitter here: @ExecOnlineInc

Milan Vukas is a startup mentor and business consultant for early stage startups and a policy advisor, particularly focusing with his work on the promotion of entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Milan was co-founder and CEO of UP-Production, a media production company located in Cologne (Germany), where he was responsible for planning strategic business objectives and implementing new systems within the company. Specialties: – Sales strategy – Early stage customers – Business model generation and modeling. Follow Milan on Twitter here: @m_vukas

Laura O’Brien is Vice President of Worldgate, llc, a technology consulting firm that specializes in services to support the business side of Information Technology with specific focus and successful past performance in direct as well as subcontracting K-12 and Government initiatives. Laura has over 20 years experience as a forward-thinking idea generator with deep financial acuity and a unique background in finance, marketing, sales, service and operations. Laura is skilled at strategic thinking within the enterprise to achieve targeted operational and fiscal goals and is able to maneuver within changing business priorities. She has worked in Executive Leadership roles in a variety of industries including Education, Technology, Energy, and Telecommunications and has been a trusted advisor to many C-level executives in strategic planning and operations. Follow Laura on twitter here: @WorldgateTweet

Jason Nellis is a content strategist and relationship manager, adept at balancing strategic and operational needs. Jason has built partnerships with broadcast networks and online distributors, each with complicated content rights structures, multiple distribution platforms, and varying technical needs. Jason has also been the guy who keeps the kegs filled, the guy who fixes the Powerpoint presentation, and a featured writer on the Quora/Forbes blog. Currently, Jason operate sOverachiever Media, a small firm dedicated to online video and social media marketing. Follow Jason on Twitter here: @jasonnellis

Luke Spikes is President and Chief Data Alchemist at Zantica. Zantica are a data strategy and analytics consulting firm dedicated to helping its clients extract real and tangible value from their data. Luke is also the CEO at Spikes Cavell delivers data, analytics and business intelligence solutions to the public sector. Spikes Cavell equips government leaders, and the citizens they serve, with the actionable business intelligence essential for the effective management of spend and the monitoring of operational efficiency. Follow Luke on Twitter here: @lukespikes

Bradley Herrup is a senior software developer at Optoro. Optoro’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive asset recovery solution for the distressed inventory of retailers, manufacturers, and 3rd party providers. Through our cutting-edge technology, online remarketing expertise, and full service fulfillment operation, Optoro offers our clients maximum recovery value with optimal velocity to sale and fully transparent reporting. Bradley’s specialties include Mobile Product Development, UI Development, Graphics, User Tool Development , XML, HTML, C++, Objective-C, C, PHP, CSS, Javascript, Windows Programming, Cocoa Programming, Symbian, Windows Mobile, iOS, Android. Follow Bradley on Twitter here: @B4Some1Hears

There’s still an opportunity to get a ticket to Startup Weekend Education DC on July 25-27 at Union Market.



Mary Simonds