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. 

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
START-UP CAREER
Niki Shamdasani (UNC c/o 2015) is the co-founder and CEO of Sani, a designer label for Indian-inspired occasion wear, Before Sani, she was on the Program and Investments team of Matter, a startup accelerator and
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David Mansor
David Mansor
LEGAL ADVISING
David Mansor is an entrepreneur and Principal of Mansor & Co., which is an innovative general contracting and business development firm based in the Triangle area. David is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University
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Ed Boyd
Ed Boyd
NON-PROFIT 101
Edward R. Boyd, Jr. Is a serial entrepreneur, educator and executive. He has taught in public and charter schools and owns early childhood education center in North Carolina. He serves the non-profit sector with a
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Noel Sinozich
Noel Sinozich
FUNDRAISING 101
Noel received his B. A. from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science. After graduating, he moved to Cleveland to run and grow a Fine Art Services company. He now works
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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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