Fairfield StartUp Announces The 2019 Showcase Investor Panel

Fairfield StartUp Announces The 2019 Showcase Investor Panel

2018 StartUp Showcase Team Land Maverick

2018 StartUp Showcase Team Land Maverick

Four student teams will take the Quick Center stage on April 25 to pitch their start-up ideas, in front of a live audience and a panel of investors, for seed money to start their businesses.

The Fairfield StartUp Showcase is quickly approaching, when four teams will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors for seed money. The eighth annual Fairfield StartUp Showcase will take place next Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts. Save your seat for this Fairfield University signature event.

The evening will be full of excitement and suspense as student entrepreneurs pitch the business models they’ve been preparing for months leading up to the Showcase. In this Shark Tank-style competition, the investor panel will give real-time feedback to the teams and announce how much they’re willing to back each team.

 

Meet the 2019 Startup Showcase Investor Panel

 

Adam Belardino ’06
adam-belardinoReturning to the investor panel, Adam Belardino is the managing director of Maddox Premier Client Group. Prior to creating Maddox, Belardino was a financial services executive at Barnum Financial Group (BFG) and also worked for MetLife in the Service, Strategy, and Planning team within IB Operations and Services. From 2010-2018, he was part of an elite group of advisors who earned MetLife Premier Client Group’s Platinum Advisor Recognition. After 14 years with BFG, Belardino developed his own estate management firm, Maddox Premier Client Group, which specializes in estate and financing solutions in the tech industry. In his community, Belardino is a member of the Umbrella Club Charter Group which specializes in community work supporting children and adults with special needs. He graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in economics and a BA in political science. Belardino lives in Scarsdale, N.Y. with his wife Michelle '07 and his boys, Christian and Maddox.

 

Bob Dorf
Bob-DorfBob Dorf is a world-renowned start-up coach, author, and educator. He founded seven start-ups of his own, which he describes as "two home runs, two base hits, and three solid tax losses." Dorf’s most successful start-ups were Marketing 1to1, the customer relationship management provider, and Peppers & Rogers Group, the customer experience consulting firm. He is co-author of The Startup Owner’s Manual, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in 23 languages. Dorf travels the world to train entrepreneurs and their coaches and mentors. When he’s not traveling, Dorf can usually be found coaching start-ups in New York City, or teaching courses at Columbia University.

 

 

Dagan Kasavana ’99
Dagan-KasavanaDagan Kasavana is founder and CEO of Phoenix Tower International and chairman of Phoenix Tower do Brasil, one of the fastest growing wireless infrastructure businesses in the Western hemisphere. He founded the business in 2013, and guides the strategic direction of the company, oversees capital investment across various countries and transaction types, and leads all other significant corporate initiatives. Prior to founding Phoenix Tower International, Kasavana was senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Global Tower Partners from 2006 to 2013. He is a CPA and holds a BS in accounting from Fairfield University.

 

 

Mary Anne Rooke, P’20
Mary-Anne-RookeReturning to the investor panel, Mary Anne Rooke is the president and managing director of Angel Investor Forum, the Connecticut-based angel group. She also is founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in helping early stage technology companies on the verge of high growth. Rooke is a partner in Mystic River Ventures (MRV), which serves as fund manager for the UConn Innovation Fund. She also advises and mentors start-ups in many regional accelerators and has held leadership positions in multiple industries, ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies. Mary Anne graduated from Annhurst College with a BS in accounting and has her MBA from Golden Gate University’s Executive MBA Program.

 

 

Can’t make it to the Showcase? You’ll be able to catch the action live on Facebook.

Fairfield StartUp Showcase

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Showcase starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Quick Center for the Arts

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