Our judges are entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders who will travel from across North America to judge our Finalists‘ live pitches on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on October 5.

During the daytime, more than two dozen Qualifying Judges will narrow down our group of Finalists to 10. Then, in the evening on October 5, our Finals Judges will be tasked with the challenge of deciding which eight companies will win a cut of $5 million, including our grand prize of $1 million.

Meet Our Finals Judges

Bonin Bough

Twitter: @boughb
Host | Cleveland Hustles

Bonin Bough is the producer and host of Cleveland Hustles, and author of TXT Me (646) 759-1837. As one of the youngest C-suite executives at a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the largest global marketing campaigns, including the first ever 3D printed food product, an Oreo. He was named “Mobile Marketer of the Year” by the MMA, was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, and has been listed in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40”, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”, The Adweek 50 and PRWeek Power List.

Melissa Bradley

Twitter: @bradleyml and @Project500DC
Director | Project 500

Melissa L. Bradley is a Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She is Founder/Director of Project 500; the Entrepreneur in Residence for the District of Columbia; a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution; and Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Toby Corey

Twitter: @tobycorey
Stanford University Lecturer, Entrepreneur & Former Tesla Executive

Toby Corey has managed three $1 billion+ businesses, had two successful IPOs and raised over $300 million in private and public financing, while disrupting the information technology, digital economy, renewable energy and mobile sectors. He has served as the President of the national leader in clean energy services and co-founder and former President/COO of the worldwide leader in web development services, managed a 7,000+ employee global organization and executed 40+ M&A transactions.

Virginia Giddings

Sr. Director, Advanced Technology & Innovation | Stryker Neurovascular

Virginia Giddings is a seasoned healthcare innovation leader in medical device, pharmaceutical and nutritional businesses. She heads Advanced Technology & Innovation at Stryker Neurovascular, leading technology, strategy and innovation to treat strokes. Virginia previously led Strategic R&D for early-stage research and science partnerships at Abbott Nutrition. She serves on the Cornell Engineering Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and the Georgia Tech-Emory Bioengineering Board, and she is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. She also co-founded MedtechWomen.

Eric Hippeau

Twitter: @erichippeau
Managing Director | Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is the chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. Previously, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner. Prior to Softbank Capital, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. He serves on the boards of various private and public companies, including Marriott.

David Jakubowski

Director, Publisher Solutions | Facebook

David Jakubowski is a seasoned executive and industry expert on advertising technology and digital monetization, with a history leading innovation around data, privacy and cross-channel measurement. Prior to Facebook, David was the CEO of Aggregate Knowledge (acquired by Neustar), the industry’s leading enterprise media analytics and DMP; SVP of Specific Media, one of the largest global ad networks; General Manager of Microsoft adCenter and Search Strategy; and SVP of Quigo Technologies Inc. (acquired by AOL).

Jill Thompson

Twitter: @theJoLTGroup
President | The JoLT Group

Jill advises Life Science & Diagnostics companies in all aspects of business development.  Her experience includes strategy, commercialization, mergers and acquisitions for companies ranging from startups to multinational corporations.  Jill is passionate about connecting people and technologies to drive innovation.

Meet Our Qualifying Judges:

  • Narbe Alexandrian – OMERS Ventures
  • Gregory Borchardt – Caerus Ventures
  • Todd Breeden – Kiwi Venture Partners
  • Somak Chattopadhyay – Armory Square Ventures
  • Trace Cohen – New York Venture Partners
  • Darren Cooke – Torvents
  • Elizabeth Cooper – Bay Angels
  • Jo Ann Corkran – Golden Seeds
  • Meghan Cross – Red Bear Angels
  • Lauren DeLuca – Irish Angels
  • Martin Dober – Invest Detroit
  • Ross Finlay – First Angel Network
  • Lynn-Ann Gries – Early Stage Partners
  • Cherylyn Harley LeBon – SBA
  • John MacMahon – V2K Medical
  • Theresa Mazzullo – Excell Partners
  • Erica Duignan Minnihan – One Thousand Angels
  • Jeff Parkinson – KEC Ventures
  • Lorine Pendleton – Angel Investor
  • Josh Porter – Reimagined Venture Capital
  • Rodney Sampson – Tech Square Labs
  • Jennifer Tegan – Cayuga Ventures