BUILD Accelerator

LEADERSHIP

Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17 // Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship; formerly: Deputy Head; Executive Director, Polsky Center 

E.J. Reedy // Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Polsky Center 

Melissa Byrn, MScBMI ’17 // Director, Innovation Programs, Polsky Center 

Lucas Peralta // Associate Director, College and Campus Programs, Polsky Center 

Crissy Ritter // Assistant Director, Experiential Entrepreneurship and Venture Support, Polsky Center 

Katie Spoden // Assistant Director, Polsky Center 

Ellen Zatkowski // Senior Program Manager, Polsky Center

Nima Merchant // Senior Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Polsky Center

COACHES

Lucas Peralta // AutoLert  

Katie Spoden // Byto  

Nima Merchant // EPIC  

Will Colegrove + Ali Galloway // gaapRT  

Shyama Majumdar // Kitchens’ Alliance  

Hannah Mannino // Lighten  

Steve Lehmann + Christopher Schneider // LivingWaters 

Steph Avalos-Bock + Crissy Ritter // Ludite  

Meenakshi Dash // LUKH  

Mary Reid Irvin // Neural Trend  

Nora Mansfield // Point Nemo  

Cole Johnson // recreaish  

Jason Pariso + Crissy Ritter // Ruby  

Margaret Fleetwood + Ellen Zatkowski // SAEF Legal Aid  

Melissa Byrn + Wai-Sinn Chin // SPROUT  

John Thode // Teneez  

Elizabeth Koprucki + Megan Fox // Uncommissioned Design  

Gorana Kolar // Vaizian  

Erika Mercer // ZeroSixty  

Paul Cavalieri + Katherine Knight // Zócalo  

Additional thanks to the following Polsky Center and greater University of Chicago contributors for their mentorship and support: Michael Alter, Mark Tebbe, Susan Silver, Doug Monieson, Chuck Vallurupalli, Arjun Venkataswamy, Ale Bruer, Randy Paris, Kyle Johnson, Chelsea Sprayregen, Anuraag Tripathi, Chuckwunonso Arinze, Mary Kay Loncar, Mich Pergande, Madeline Reto, Melissa Fassbender, Angela Fung, Julianne Lorndale 

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