Mentors

1789’s mentors bring their expertise from a variety of backgrounds to advise students during office hours to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality. 

Nancy Lovas
Nancy Lovas
Business Research and Information
Nancy Lovas is the Entrepreneurship Information Consultant/Librarian for UNC Chapel Hill. Are you searching for authoritative information to plan your business or research your market? Trying to navigate thousands of search results? Not sure where
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Ethan Peikes
Ethan Peikes
Fundraising 101
Ethan Peikes is an Analyst at IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm in Durham, NC. His primary responsibilities are to assist the investment team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and valuation. Prior to joining
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Arden Rosenblatt
Arden Rosenblatt
NEW VENTURE 101
Arden Rosenblatt is a Business Launch Specialist at the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), committed to providing entrepreneurs guidance on startup strategy, planning and fundamentals. Prior to joining the SBTDC, Arden was CEO
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Patrick Kastian
Patrick Kastian
MARKET & COMPETITIVE RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
Patrick Kastian is an analyst at Innovate Carolina and has over seven years of experience in market research and business development across a wide range of industries. Whether you just started working on your idea,
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Melissa Carrier and Jaki Bonilla
Melissa Carrier and Jaki Bonilla
SOCIAL INNOVATION
Do you have an idea that seeks to create change for an underserved, disadvantaged or neglected population? Or does your solution complement the traditional approaches of business, nonprofit and government ro dress social and/or environmental
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Matt Verber & Collin McKinney
Matt Verber & Collin McKinney
ENGINEERING START-UP CONSULTING
Matt and Collin are both engineers with a wealth of experience and entrepreneurial backgrounds. Their combined expertise includes communication, medial devices, imaging, signal processing, analytical instrumentation, and state-of-the-art electronics. Whether you’re seeking information about design,
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Sam Canney
Sam Canney
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & TEAM BUILDING
Sam Canney (’20) is a student entrepreneur at UNC studying business with a background in technology. He has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs bring their dreams into fruition and is excited to bring his
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Niki Shamdasani
Niki Shamdasani
STORYTELLING FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT
Niki Shamdasani (UNC c/o 2015) is the co-founder and CEO of Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand. Before Sani, she was on the Program and Investments team of Matter, a startup accelerator and venture capital firm
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Dr. Jeff Terrell
Dr. Jeff Terrell
SOFTWARE CONSULTING
Dr. Terrell came to North Carolina and UNC in 2004 for grad school in the Computer Science Department, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2009. Although he had every intention of becoming  a professor, the university
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