This post was last updated on January 21, 2016. We will update this article whenever we are able to confirm new speakers or coaches for Founder’s Academy.
Over the course of four weeks, students accepted into Founder’s Academy have the unique opportunity to learn from experienced, successful, and young founders, as well as investors, mentors, and service providers. We’re thrilled to announce our speakers list and could not be more thankful to them!
Nir Eyal, Best Selling Author, Angel Investor, Behavior Design Expert
Nir is a Wall Street Journal best selling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products. He writes for TechCrunch, Forbes, and Psychology today and has taught classed at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Design School. Nir has sold two technology companies since 2003 and now is an active angel investor.
Kit Hickey, co-founder of Ministry of Supply
After graduating from MIT Sloan School of Management, Kit co-founded Ministry of Supply, a clothing company that integrates scientific advances into its products. Ministry of Supply remains the most funded fashion crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Christopher Woeffel, co-founder and CRO of MAVRK
While at Northeastern University, Chris helped to create IDEA, a student-run venture accelerator. The success that IDEA had helped Northeastern become a top five school for entrepreneurship in the USA. Chris graduated and cofounded MAVRK, a social influencer marketing company that has raised over $3M in funding.
Dave Anderson, Managing Director of Supply Chain Ventures
Dr. Anderson is Managing Director of Supply Chain Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund specializing in software investing, a member of the Boston Golden Seeds Forum and is a retired managing partner of supply chain consulting at Accenture, a leading global technology consulting company.
Andrew Chapin, founder and CEO of benjamin
Andrew has worked in multiple startups, taking three companies to million dollar run rates. He holds a masters degree in finance from Harvard, and he founded benjamin, an ephemeral deal app, in 2014.
Flora Ekpe-Idang, founder of Corage Dolls
Flora is an MBA student at Babson College, the top entrepreneurship school in the country. She is the founder of Corage Dolls, a doll company with the mission of creating relatable dolls for black and Latina girls.
Greg Kirber, founder and CEO of PartsTech
Greg holds an MBA/JD from the University of Connecticut, where he founded PartsTech, an automotive parts aggregation marketplace. PartsTech has raised over $1M in funding.
Hakan Satiroglu, Social Entrepreneur, Investor, Executive
Haka is an active member of the Boston innovation community, co-founder of LearnLaunch, managing director of MindBridge Partners, and leading investor in educational ventures.
James Johnson, Principal Attorney and founder of First Venture Legal
Immediately after passing the Massachusetts State Bar Exam, James founded First Venture Legal, a law practice dedicated to working with new and small ventures.
Eric Roberge, CFP®, founder of Beyond Your Hammock
After graduating from Babson College, Eric spent several years working for State Street Bank and JP Morgan Chase. In 2013, he launched Beyond Your Hammock, a virtual financial planning company, where he helps professionals use money as a tool to live a life they love. He also shares his unique personal finance views as a writer for Money Magazine and Forbes.
Philip Greenwald, founder and CEO of Code Undercover
Phil owns and operates Code Undercover, a web and mobile web development shop and code school where entrepreneurs can build their minimal viable product under his tutelage. Phil has taught web development workshops at Harvard, Boston College, and the Mass Challenge incubator.
Vicky Wu David, Executive Director of Youth Cities
Vicky founded Youth CITIES, an education nonprofit that facilitates instruction about entrepreneurship and innovation to middle and high school students. Youth CITIES collaborates with public, private, and charter schools. She is also a member of Beacon Angels, a Boston-based angel investing group.
Adam Lorenz-Kruk, founder of Kickback Pants
Adam is a Whiteboard Youth Ventures alumnus currently attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He founded Kickback Pants with the support the Bridge Launch Fund in July 2015.