Organizing Board


Michael Binko — Founder | CEO

Michael Binko is president/CEO, angel investor and a member of the Board of Directors for kloudtrack® — a leading provider of cloud-based GRC data and process management technologies and solution services. A serial entrepreneur and active angel investor, Binko founded and currently still serves as Managing General Partner of Gemini Venture…

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Julie Kirk — Founder

Having experienced the empowerment of entrepreneurship first hand, Ms. Kirk is tireless advocate for entrepreneurs and focused on igniting innovation-based cultures while bringing together entrepreneurial ecosystems to drive economic change. Co-chair of Startup Maryland for two years, Julie is currently the Director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the EDA Department within the United States Department of Commerce.

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Christopher Culin Tate


2012 01 01 Culin Tate (Photo 1)After spending 15+ years building CAT Controllers to a dominant market position and selling the company, Culin currently enjoys the new challenges of fatherhood and building, investing, and advising startups.

Specialties: Start ups, Nonprofit Charity Registration, Internet Marketing, Strategic Marketing, M2M Telemetry (aka the internet of things), Co-Founder Matching, Form Processing Software, Married Name Change, Equity Crowdfunding

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Dean Chang, PHD

Director, MTech Venture (University of Maryland)

As the Mtech Ventures/TAP director, Dean Chang oversees all the venture creation programs at the University of Maryland (UM), including the TAP incubator…

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Jonathan Aberman

Founder and Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Jonathan Aberman is the founder and Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital fund based in Mclean, VA. Since 2005 Amplifier has helped to start 16 new technology companies…

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Mark L. Walsh

Mark Walsh is a technology entrepreneur, manager and investor. He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of GeniusRocket, a leading provider of crowd-sourced Marketing for major brands and global non-profits. He has been the CEO or senior executive in a number of consumer and business-to-business technology and content companies…

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Robert A. Rosenbaum

As President and Executive Director of TEDCO Mr. Rosenbaum is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership to ensure its position as a national leader in technology transfer from academic and federal research labs, as a seed and early-stage investor and as a provider of entrepreneurial business assistance…

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S. Tien Wong

President and CEO, Lore Systems

Mr. S. Tien Wong is Chairman and CEO of Lore Systems, Inc., a Silver Spring, Maryland-based IT professional services company. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opus8, Inc., a Silver Spring, Maryland-based private investment firm specializing in…

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