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Honorary Chairs & Ambassadors

Honorary Chairs

2003 Honorary Chairwoman, Venture Capitalist
Brenda Gavin, Managing Partner, Quaker BioVentures

2003 Honorary Chairman, Entrepreneur
Donald Franceschini, retired Vice Chairman and Director of Sara Lee Corporation

Chairmen Emeritus


E. Rogers Novak, Jr., Novak Biddle
Jamie Hamilton, AnswerLogic, Inc.


Frank Bonsal, Co-Founder & General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Josh Kopelman, President & Founder, Half.com


P. Kevin Kilroy, CEO, Bluestone Software (sold to Hewlett Packard)
John Martinson, Managing Partner, Edison Venture Funds
President, National Venture Capital Association


Warren V. "Pete" Musser, Founder, Former Chairman, CEO,
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Steve Walker, Founder, Trusted Information Systems / Steve Walker Associates


Frederick J. Beste III, Founder, CEO MidAtlantic Venture Funds
Richard W. Vague, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Juniper Bank

Committee Chairs


David Lyons, President, Lyons Insurance
Wayne Kimmel, Managing Director, Eastern Technology Fund


Kimberle Levin, President and CEO, KL Partners, Inc.
Alan Zeiger, Esq., Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP


Mark McCarthy, Assistant Director of Business Development, Ernst & Young
Mark Cannon, Vice President, Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown


Terry Hicks, Vice President, Ben Franklin Tech Center of SE PA
Andrea Kaufman, Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners

Supporting Organizations

Ann Lansinger, Director, Baltimore Development Corporation
Karen Meidlinger, Director of the Life Sciences Incubator, Port of Technology


R. Christopher Klemm, Ph.D., President, Optimus Consulting
Victor Boyajian, Chairman, Sills Cummis Capital Markets Group


David Freschman, President, Delaware Innovation Fund
Christine Warren, President, U.S. Women�s Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia
Roger Braunfeld, Esq., Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP


Miranda Tan, President and Founder, Excite PR
Chris Starr, Managing Director, Innovation Philadelphia
Karen Carr, Director of Programming, Eastern Technology Council

Founding Chairman

David Freschman, President, Delaware Innovation Fund




Delaware Jeff Davison, Inflection Point Ventures
Delaware Valley/Philadelphia Gerry Schaafsma, Anthem Capital
New Jersey Joseph Falkenstein, NJTC Venture Fund
New York Conor Mullett, Updata Venture Partners
North Carolina M. Scott Albert, The Aurora Funds, Inc.
Pittsburgh Sean D.S. Sebastian, Birchmere Investments, Inc.
Baltimore William M. Gust, Anthem Capital
Washington/No. VA Andrea Kaufman, Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Capital

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