Sponsored by the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, startup advisors will be available free of cost select days throughout academic year. Sessions are 30 minutes an open to students, alumni, faculty or staff working on startup or entrepreneurial projects.
Startup advising will be held at the Venture Development Center (132 E. Delaware Ave., Ste. 100).
Spring Semester Schedule
Every Friday, February 20 - May 15 | 12:30 - 4:30 pm | General Startup Advising with John Currie (first-come-first-served basis, registration is not required)
Friday, February 20 | 2 - 4 pm | Startup Advising on Intellectual Property with James Lennon
Fridays, April 24, May 1 & May 22| 1 - 3 pm | Startup Advising on Intellectual Property with Patrick Walker (registration is required for these sessions, sign up here)
Startup Advisors' Bios
John Currie | Founder of ITERATE Ventures
John is a senior executive and entrepreneur known for creating value from disruptive technologies. ITERATE Ventures was established in 2005 and provides strategic partnering services to take innovations to new markets, or finding innovations to fill a company’s product pipeline. ITERATE’s clients span a number of industry segments, including information technology, specialty chemicals, materials, medical products, media and entertainment and consumer products. Prior to founding ITERATE, Currie served as technology commercialization director at Sarnoff Corporation, the former RCA Laboratories, from 1994 to 2004. In this role, he worked on over 40 major commercial projects – next generation products and services – and helped to raise $45 million of technology seed funding. He also played a key role in creating and spinning out five new technology ventures based on Sarnoff’s innovative technologies.
Brad Bono | Chairman and CEO of Princeton Hosted Solutions
Bono is a graduate of UD and has a history of success in the telecommunications industry. Prior to his role at Princeton, Bono was founder and CEO of Magellan Hill Technologies LLC. In 2010, Magellan was the fastest growing telecommunications provider and sixth overall on the Wharton School’s “Philly 100” list; Line Systems Inc. acquired the company in January 2012. Bono was also cofounder of PaeTec Communications and served as co-chief operating officer from 2004-06. He began his career at PaeTec as the president of the Eastern region, and served as a member of the board of directors from the company’s inception in 1998. During his tenure, PaeTec grew from $150,000 in revenue in 1998 to over $500 million by 2005.
James Lennon | Partner and IP Attorney at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Jim’s primary focus is addressing infringement and validity disputes and counseling on patent licensing matters. His experience includes deal negotiations and litigation / dispute resolutions in a variety of commercial settings, and securing IP rights, particularly patents, in the first instance by preparing, filing and prosecuting applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Jim is also actively involved in pro bono matters for the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate.
Patrick Walker, Ph.D. | Associate at McCarter & English, LLP
Patrick's practice is in the area of intellectual property/information technology. He has extensive experience in all aspects of preparation and prosecution of patent applications as well as patent litigation in the federal courts and intellectual property counseling of transaction matters. Patrick concetrates his practice in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemistry, polymers and medical devices. Patrick earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from The University of Michigan and a J.D. from Touro College of Law. Patrick is also the director and the secretary of Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.