Partners & Mentors

Dedicated to helping members grow
faster, smarter and together.

Capital Partners

Our capital partners provide members with equity and debt investment access and consultation across a range of sectors, sizes and funding series.

Service Partners

A key component of scaling early stage companies is outsourcing. We provide technical resource credits and a network of vetted specialists across a range of professional disciplines to allow our members to focus on their core business strategies.

MENTORS & AMBASSADORS

Faster Smarter members gain additional access to our Mentor platform which provides knowledge, experience and network resources from a select group of leaders.

Mentor

Alex Newmann

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ALEX NEWMANN is a sales coach & consultant helping tech companies grow revenue to $50 million/year. He works with young companies to gain…

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Ben Schack

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BEN SCHACK is Head of US Digital Partnerships at BMO Harris. He focuses on identifying and executing partnership opportunities with fintechs, big techs,…

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Brian Hall

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BRIAN HALL is President and Founder of Carema Consulting. Brian Hall has over 25 years of growing revenues at founder-led B2B SaaS and…

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Christine Schoeff

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CHRISTINE SCHOEFF is SVP of Talent & Development at FourKites, a high-growth Chicago based Saas organization and the global leader in supply chain…

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Jeffrey Eschbach

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JEFFREY ESCHBACH is an entrepreneur and tech innovator, with over 20 years of experience creating new products and businesses. He is the founder…

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John Mazarakis

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JOHN MAZARAKIS is Co-Founder and Principal of Chicago Atlantic, a specialty capital provider and alternative to traditional bank lending. John brings over 20…

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Kathleen Marcell

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KATHLEEN MARCELL is a Consultant at Carema Consulting. Kathleen has spent the last 10 years of her career building Customer Success teams. She…

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Kevin Donnelly

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KEVIN DONNELLY is CEO & Executive Director of The PCPI Foundation. Kevin has over 20 years’ experience as a global healthcare executive and…

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Leslee Cohen

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LESLEE COHEN has been a principal at Hershman Cohen LLC since 2010. The firm specializes in helping its clients who are raising private…

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Mary Beth Arzac

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MARY BETH ARZAC has held a wide variety of Marketing, Sales and Consulting roles with healthcare manufacturers including Fisher Scientific, Medtronic, Baxter, Baxalta,…

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Patrick Farran

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PATRICK FARRAN is Co-Founder and CEO of Ad Lucem Group and brings 25+ years of experience as a senior leader and consultant in…

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Russ Krajec

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RUSS KRAJEC is a “recovering patent attorney” who was dissatisfied with the conflict of interest between startups and their IP attorneys. He is…

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Soraya Hernandez

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SORAYA HERNANDEZ is an International Consumer and Retail Market Intelligence, and Consumer Insights professional. Having held positions at international leading market research firms…

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Steve Subar

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STEVE SUBAR is a partner with TechCXO, the on-demand fractional C-level services firm. Steve brings 25+ years’ experience founding and leading high-growth software…

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