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Thursday, April 25, 2024

It All Starts With an Idea

Five student teams make their business pitch live and compete for seed funding.
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2024 StartUp Teams



Financially is a comprehensive, no-cost financial wellness app that collaborates with users, no matter their prior financial knowledge, providing personalized tips and simplified financial education to support the development of a secure financial future.

Team members: Jack Fetzer '25, Logan McAloon '25, Lucy Fowler '25, Lili Meddahi '25, and Jack Raisides '25.

StartUp 2024 | Team - Financially | Fairfield University

Misfits of the Sea

Misfits of the Sea is the future of trophy sportfishing, through innovative lure designs MOTS empowers anglers to catch trophy-class fish on light tackle.

Team members: Duncan Hathaway '24, Cian O Donnell MSBA '25, and Kyler Erezuma '24.

StartUp 2024 | Team - Misfits of the Sea | Fairfield University

Wave Creations

Wave Creations is a beach lifestyle brand that aspires to build a community of beach lovers and adventure enthusiasts who share our deep passion for exploring the world. Dedicated to delivering our customers a piece of the beach regardless of their location.

Team members: Paige Governale '27 and Madison Governale '26.

StartUp 2024 | Team - Wave Creations | Fairfield University

Pathway Pro

PathwayPro is an empowering tool for higher-ed students that bridges the gap between career and curriculum, using comprehensive insights for efficient course planning, career readiness, and progress tracking.

Team members: Faizah Chowdhury, '25, Nicholas Sordi '23, MSBA '24, and Mishal Qureshi '26.

StartUp 2024 | Team - Pathway Pro | Fairfield University

Higher Skills

Higher Skills is a student-focused SaaS platform that leverages reactive AI and machine learning to refine essential soft skills for workplace success. Our immersive simulations analyze students' abilities while providing personalized insights to elevate their careers.

Team members: Matthew Briceño, Charles Langdon '24, Katie Tennant, Simba Chen, Zachary Robichaux, Aidan DeGooyer, Daniel Reisman ‘23, MS ‘24 and PJ Strahm.

StartUp 2024 | Team - Higher Skills | Fairfield University

2024 Investor Panel

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Joseph Bronson '70

Joseph R. (Joe) Bronson is currently Chief Executive Officer and Principal of, The Bronson Group, LLC., a business advisory group focused on operational and financial consulting, which was founded in 2011.

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Chris Hillock '00

Chris leads the portfolio development function for Dell Technologies Capital, the venture capital arm of Dell Technologies.

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Jamie Ramerini ‘13

Jamie Ramerini is Chief Operating Officer of COMPEL CEOs, a thriving family business. Jamie Ramerini brings a wealth of experience and a strategic vision that propels the company forward.

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Mindee Blanco P’24

Mindee is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Barnum Financial Group. Barnum Financial Group is an award-winning firm with over 500 advisors & associates serving 280,000 clients across the country.

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Thomas M. Scalera '93

Mr. Scalera is Chief Executive Officer of Delticus Group. He is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ITT Inc., a $3 billion global manufacturer of engineered solutions for the Industrial, Energy, and Transportation markets.

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StartUp Host

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Mariana Antaya '23

Mariana is a product manager at Microsoft Teams and founder of quantifAI - a fintech startup that commenced at Fairfield Startup in 2022. She actively mentors on product management, big tech and startups on Tik Tok and in her online community Product House.

Team Mentors

Jeff Hendrickson

Prog Mentor - Financially, MOTS, Wave Creations, PathwayPro

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Marty Donner

Prog Mentor - PathwayPro, HigherSkills

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Peter Murrugarra

Prog Mentor / Advisor

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Mike Roer

Prog Mentor / Advisor

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Chip Steppacher

Mentor - Financially

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Kaitlin Walsh

Mentor - MOTS

Keith Morris

Mentor - Wave Creations

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Lorenzo Gaudioso

Mentor - Financially, Wave Creations

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Steven Crowley

Mentor - Financially

Steven Lisa

Phil Grabfield

Mentor - Wave Creations, MOTS

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Stanislav Vavilov

Mentor - HigherSkills

Carl Scheraga


Matt Miller


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George Kalan


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Stephen Dierks


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Lisa Geremia


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Celine King

Mentor / Prog Alum

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Christian O'Rourke

Mentor / Prog Alum

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Emily Yale

Mentor / Prog Alum

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Enadi Pasholli

Mentor / Prog Alum

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Mariana Antaya

Mentor / Prog Alum

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Winston Demartini

Mentor / Prog Alum

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2024 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
  • Joseph '70 and Linda Bronson
  • Kasavana'99, Dagan
  • Kasavana'99, Dagan
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Partner Sponsors