FINAL ROUND JUDGES 2020
Harvard Business School
Andy Wu is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit of the Harvard Business School. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his S.B. in Economics and Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Wu is passionate about linking theory with the practice of technology commercialization entrepreneurship. Professor Wu is currently the founder and investor of Identified Technologies. This Pittsburgh-based firm delivers cloud-hosted aerial data collected via proprietary UAVs and dock stations to the upstream energy industry.
Anne Dwane is co-founder and partner at Village Global, an early-stage venture fund backed by some of the world's best most successful entrepreneurs, including Jeff Bezos, Sarah Blakely, Ken Chenault, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, and Anne Wojcicki.
Experienced as a tech company founder, venture-backed CEO, public company executive, and investor, Anne is passionate about aligning teams and applying technology to unleash human potential.
Co-founder & Partner
500 Startups Vietnam
Binh Tran is a General Partner at 500 Startups Vietnam, one of the most active global venture capital firms. Mr. Binh Tran is a prominent seed-stage investor and is well-known among Vietnam-connected startups.
Before 500 Startups, Binh started his career as a software engineer and started three failed software startups before co-founded four startups, including his latest, Klout in 2008, which raised over $40M was acquired for over $200M in 2014. With one foot in Silicon Valley and the other in the Mekong Delta, he's excited to reconnect with his motherland.
Denny Cowger is the Managing Director of Navigate Consulting, a premier consulting firm focusing on helping international businesses navigate the Vietnamese market's complexity successfully.
Mr. Cowger has over ten years of working experience in Vietnam, having been in private practice with the law firms of Mayer Brown JSM and then Duane Morris Vietnam LLC before coming into his current role for the last five years.
Navigate Consulting Vietnam
Co-founder & Senior Managing Director
Euan Rellie is Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of BDA, based in New York. He is also President of BDA Advisors Inc, the firm's SEC/FINRA registered broker-dealer. He focuses on fundraising initiatives and investor engagement for BDA Capital Partners.
BDA Partners is the global investment banking advisor for Asia, a premium provider of Asia-related advice to sophisticated clients globally, with over 20 years' experience advising on cross-border M&A, capital raising, and financial restructuring.
Founder & CEO
Kendrick Nguyen is the Founder and CEO of Republic.co - a platform that provides end-to-end fundraising, distribution, and advisory solutions. Mr. Nguyen co-founded two other fintech startups and advised a venture capital platform.
After a successful business and legal career on fundraising, ops, and investments, Kendrick and his Republic's team are now helping hundreds of founders and investors with capital raises.
Social Starts and Joyance Partners
Mike Edelhart is a managing partner at Social Starts, a venture capital partnership with a unique data-driven approach to investing in moment-of-inception and Series A financing rounds.
Moreover, he is also a managing partner at Joyance Partners, an early-stage venture capital partnership. Joyance works with entrepreneurs ready to replace today's syndrome-centric approach with something more personal, preventative, predictive, and, ultimately, more powerful.
Senior Managing Director
Tuyen Do is a Senior Managing Director with Teneo's Capital Advisory business segment. Mr. Do has more than 20 years of experience providing advice on strategic transactions to management teams, boards of directors, and companies' principal owners.
He has worked as an advisor to clients throughout his career, including Berkshire Hathaway, United Rentals, H&E Equipment Services, and many others, helping with acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity raise.
TiE Boston Angels
As Managing Director, Mr. Soni oversees the operation of TiE Boston Angels' activities and partnerships. Mr. Soni is Managing Partner at Boston Cleantech, which advises Cleantech companies.
He has held technology roles at Polaroid Corporation and Shell USA. Mr. Soni has a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He is an active Charter Member and past Board Member of TiE Boston.