2016 GSBI Accelerator In-Residence Program

Santa Clara CA

Aug 10 - 19, 2016

Greetings GSBI Family,
Congratulations to the 14 organizations that are part of the 2016 GSBI Accelerator! We are excited to welcome the SEs and mentors to Santa Clara University this August, and to finish helping you prepare to take full advantage of that experience.
Thursday, August 11: Program Kickoff
Friday, August 12: Business Plan Review Sessions
Saturday, August 13: Impact Model & Metrics
Sunday, August 14: Investor Diligence
Monday, August 15: Elective Sessions
Tuesday, August 16: Operations
Wednesday, August 17: Elective Sessions

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Alicia Wallace

COO, All Across Africa

Bio: All Across Africa brings the best of business practices through market development, training, and teaching to producers in Africa; most important, All Across Africa connects these producers to our developed external markets.

Alloysius Attah

CEO, Farmerline

Bio: Farmerline provides accurate and timely agricultural information to farmers and provides technology to stakeholders to increase their efficiency.

Barb Krause

Mentor / Content Expert, Miller Center, GSBI, Santa Clara University

Bio: Through her social venture law practice, Barb advises social entrepreneurs, impact investors and development organizations at the forefront at community led change. Barb has more than 15 years experience as a "corporate generalist" counseling on structuring, governance, finance and general business operations. Barb has been engaged by AMLAW100 law firms, by social venture boutiques and by leading public and private companies in the Bay Area and worldwide. Barb is adjunct faculty with Santa Clara University's Entrepreneur's Law Clinic and with the Low Income Tax Payers Clinic. Barb serves the Miller Center as content expert, as a mentor and as an Executive Fellow. When she's not working with social entrepreneurs, Barb can be found with her great kids and wonderful husband, usually running around somewhere outside, or sharing a glass of wine and a good story with friends.

Bob Webster

Managing Director, SEAF/Qatar

Bio: ob Webster has over 20 years of small business financing work, including for two leading impact investing funds, the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) and the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). Prior to GBF, Bob was Executive Vice President at CDC Development Solutions (CDS), which supports small business growth in developing markets. After eight years of small business lending in the U.S., Bob managed various economic development projects in Romania, Macedonia, Vietnam, Egypt, and Bangladesh, including beginning and managing one of SEAF’s more successful investment funds, SEAF/Macedonia. He has technical expertise in SME debt and equity financing, value chain development and competitiveness. Bob has both an MBA in finance and a BA in mathematics from Indiana University. He has also completed the Financial Institutions for Private Sector Development Executive Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduate work in agricultural economics with the University of London. He has also advised on impact investing and small business risk capital, advising on fund strategy and design, due diligence and structuring, capital and grant raises, and fund management. Bob is an active trainer in impact investing, including for the Global Impact Investing Network and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Bryan Gillette

Principal Consultant & Founder, Summiting Group

Bio: Bryan Gillette is an Oganizational and Leadership Development Consultant with 25 years experience building high-performing teams and growing leadership capabilities. In these 25 years, he has taught leadership courses in many countries, consulted to executives, conducted needs analysis, and developed programs that drive the desired performance for the company to meet its objectives. With the consolidation of companies over the years, he has integrated over 40 acquisitions ranging from 8-person to 1,000+ person companies. As a former HR Vice President, he understands the challenges companies experience and brings proven and practical solutions to meet the business needs. Bryan has broad industry experience including Technology (hardware and software), Financial Services, Medical Devices and Automobile Manufacturing. He holds an MBA from California State University and two Bachelors’ degrees from University of California, Davis in Organizational Behavior and Communications.

Emma Colenbrander

Co-founder, Director, Chief Sales Officer, Pollinate Energy

Bio: Pollinate Energy trains and empowers local entrepreneurs to establish sustainable micro-businesses that provide clean energy solutions to India's urban slums.

Fermin Reygadas

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Cántaro Azul

Bio: Cántaro Azul develops and brings to scale safe water solutions in rural and peri-urban communities.

Jonathan Propp

President, Red House

Bio: Jonathan is the founder of Red House and a leading consultant to technology companies in the field of new product development. His 25 years of Silicon Valley experience includes companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Acuson, and Sun Microsystems. He has presented at national conferences sponsored by Management Roundtable, IEEE, PMI, IAPD, and Hammer and Co. He is certified as a New Product Development Professional (NPDP) by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA), and is a former board member of the Northern California chapter. He is a Professor of Practice at Santa Clara University and teaches product development classes in the OMIS department. Jonathan earned his AB at Harvard University and his MBA at the Yale School of Management.

Jose Flahaux

Operations Content Lead, GSBI

Bio: José R. Flahaux is a retired high-tech operations executive. He has an extensive background in global supply chain and operations management in high-tech companies such as Burroughs, Unisys, Raychem, SanDisk and Corsair Components. As Senior Vice President of World Wide Operations, he architected, implemented and led the SanDisk supply and fulfillment chain that supported the company revenue growth from $200M to the $4B level. His track record is filled with supply chain re-engineering and turn-around successes that he has achieved through action-oriented leadership and by applying IT technology to manufacturing and logistics operations for competitive advantage. José is an Electrical Engineer by training; he served as captain in the Belgian Air Force Reserve. He is a a professor at the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University and an emergency preparedness leadership volunteer at the American Red Cross Silicon Valley chapter. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Jose Diocese Drexel School Foundation.

Joseph Nkandu


Bio: NUCAFE empowers coffee farmers in the value chain to meet the needs of their families, coffee buyers, and society.

Joseph Schuchter

Associate Director, Social Impact Assessment, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University

Bio: Joe supports social enterprises in measuring their individual and collective social impact. He has 15 years of experience in government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors in international and domestic settings. This includes two years living in Africa and South Asia. He also has deep experience in comprehensive place-based community development and impact assessment field-building. Joe takes an interdisciplinary approach; he earned a BA in Biology, Master of Public Health, and Master of Community Planning. He completed his Doctorate in Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley.

Katy Ashe

Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer, Noora Health

Bio: Noora Health trains marginalized patient families with high impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives.

Marc Henrich

Founder, CEO, Solubrite

Bio: Solubrite is a last mile distributor that provides affordable solar energy to remote communities in Central America.

Mark Weiner

Chief Marketing Officer, Versa Networks

Bio: Mark Weiner is chief marketing officer at Versa Networks, where he brings over twenty years of leadership and market creation experience in the networking, security, cloud and data center sectors. Prior to joining Versa, Mark served as CMO/VP of marketing at Centrify, StorSimple (acquired by Microsoft), Virtela (acquired by NTT), NetScaler (acquired by Citrix), and Redback Networks (RBAK), as well as led marketing for multiple business units at Cisco. He is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University. Mark holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Lwin

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Koe Koe Tech

Bio: Koe Koe Tech provides computer programming training and develops mobile app technology for the health sector in Myanmar.

Mohamed El-Kamel

Partner, Zuwad for Events Management

Bio: AYB-SD alleviates poverty in underprivileged communities through providing education, employment, and entrepreneurship support to youth and women.

Ravi Agarwal

Founder & CEO, engageSPARK: World's EASIEST Calls (IVR) & 2-Way SMS

Bio: engageSPARK enables organizations to build and launch interactive mobile campaigns to dramatically extend the reach and impact of their social change programs.

Ricardo Levy

Advisory Board Member, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Bio: Richard Levy's career spans more than three decades of founding and building successful businesses. After completing his PhD at Stanford, he confounded Catalytica, his first entrepreneurial venture. The firm's one hundred patents led to the formation of three energy and pharmaceutical companies, one of which became the largest pharmaceutical supplier in North America. Levy currently teaches at Stanford University.

Rob & Diana Jensen

Founders, Testarossa Winery

Bio: Rob and Diana Jensen started Testarossa in their garage in 1993 with just twenty-five cases of wine. Today, the winery works closely with top winegrowers in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Rita Hills, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalone and Santa Cruz Mountains appellations. The label has grown to national prominence among collectors and reviewers by cultivating long-term partnerships with passionate winegrowers and vineyards the likes of Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Doctor's, Sierra Madre and Rincon.

Shantanu Pathak

CEO, Co-Founder, CareNX Innovations

Bio: CareNX develops technologies to quickly deliver healthcare services to remote patients using mobile platforms.

Sonali Mehta-Rao

CGO, Awaaz.De

Bio: Awaaz.De develops inclusive mobile solutions that enable organizations to achieve last-mile connectivity for social impact.

Steven White

Mentor Director, GSBI

Bio: Steve is currently Director and a mentor for the Global Social Benefit Institute at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Previously, Steve was CEO and a member of the board of directors of Svaya Nanotechnologies, a venture-backed company developing nanostructured thin films and surface engineering solutions. Prior to Svaya, Steve was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sigma Partners. Steve founded 0-In Design Automation (pronounced “zero-in”) in 1996 and served as the company’s President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. 0-In was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2004. In 1987, Steve founded Logic Modeling and served as the company’s Vice President of Operations. The company grew rapidly and was purchased out of IPO registration by Synopsys in 1993. Steve joined Valid Logic Systems in 1982 and served as Vice President of Manufacturing. The company had a successful IPO in 1984.

Tania Elizabeth

Executive Director, LivelyHoods

Bio: LivelyHoods creates job opportunities for unemployed women and youth in urban slums to sell environmentally beneficial and socially transformative products in their communities.

Tania Laden

Executive Director, LivelyHoods

Bio: LivelyHoods creates job opportunities for unemployed women and youth in urban slums to sell environmentally beneficial and socially transformative products in their communities.

Thane Kreiner

Executive Director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Santa Clara University

Bio: Thane has served as Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University since 2010, where he is also Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit. Thane was previously Founder, President, and CEO of PhyloTech, Inc. (now Second Genome) as well as Founder, President, and CEO of Presage Biosciences, Inc. Thane was the start-up President and CEO for iZumi Bio, Inc. (now iPierian). Prior to his efforts as a “parallel entrepreneur”, Thane spent 14 years in senior leadership roles at Affymetrix, Inc. Thane currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BioBricks Foundation and as a Board member for Didimi, Inc.. Thane earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business; his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine; and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.

Tracy Weatherby

Founder, Principal, Active Ingredient

Bio: Tracy is a strategic thinker focused on building real-world, sustainable businesses that make the world a better place. Her deep understanding of customer needs, a desire to solve big problems, and an insatiable curiosity allow her to be a quick study in any new business. Tracy creates actionable business & impact models that scale. A skilled collaborator, she brings together people from diverse cultures and different levels of experience into cohesive teams and builds long-term relationships & connections. Through her firm, Active Ingredient, Tracy has worked with over 100 social entrepreneurs, start-up clients, and large organizations to create long-lasting solutions & great companies. Tracy works on a pro bono basis for numerous non-profits including the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and holds an MBA and Public Management Program certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Vava Angwenyi

Founder & Chief Coffaholic, Vava Coffee Limited

Bio: Vava Coffee contributes to better future prospects for smallholder farmers, women, and the coffee industry as a whole.

Cassandra Staff

Chief Operating Officer, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University

Bio: Cassandra Staff is responsible for the success of the Global Social Benefit Institute programs, post-program support functions, and systems that support Miller Center operations . Cassandra has been with the GSBI since 2010, when she first learned about social entrepreneurship through Santa Clara University’s MBA program . There, she was able to combine her business training with her passion for equality around the world .

Andrew Lieberman

Director of New Programs, Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Santa Clara University

Bio: Andy's passion is to apply his background in education, international development, and technology to advancing the field of social entrepreneurship. As Director of New Programs, he has developed strategy, curriculum, and partnerships for numerous Miller Center initiatives. Before joining Miller Center in 2008, Andy lived in Guatemala for many years, pioneering efforts to bring educational technology to rural indigenous communities and founding the NGO, Ajb'atz' Enlace Quiche. His work received awards from the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society and The Tech Awards, and he participated in the Global Social Benefit Incubator in 2005. Andy has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, a M.S. degree in Education from Capella University, and did coursework in the Social Leaders program at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is also on the teaching faculty of the Master’s in Social Impact program at Claremont-Lincoln University.

Mark Correnti

Director of Impact Investing, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University

Bio: Mark began his career with IBM. Mark went on to become a Managing Partner in two investment management firms, including Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management. He earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Loyola Law School; his B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University; and his B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University.

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