Eric Milliken, Mentor

Eric Milliken thrives as an attorney because of his love and passion for his job. Milliken served as the Executive Vice President of Soltech Solar, he also worked as a Compliance Officer Centurion Alliance. Milliken’s unique practice is driven by his years of experience working in all aspects of businesses, from formation, business development, funding negotiations, SEC compliance, contract negotiations and legal services.


Jeff Faust, CVA

Jeff Faust, CVA is the Director of Valuation Services at ASL. He has 20 years’ experience in the valuation of privately-held companies for various purposes; stock options grants (IRC § 409A), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), estate/gift, fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, and more. He has provided valuation expertise to owners/shareholders, trustees, management teams, investors and start-ups of all sizes and stages of development and in a wide variety of industries including hi-tech (Software, Hardware, SaaS, Mobile, Telecom, Social Media, Cloud, Data, etc), bio-tech, ag bio-tech, pharma, manufacturing and many more. Clients range from long-established companies to highly entrepreneurial ventures to families and individuals. He has also has lectured around the world on business valuation theory and is one of the instructors for the Venture Capital Academy. He has qualified as an Expert Witness in Valuation in most of the counties in the Bay Area.


Mary Vincent, Mentor

Mary Vincent is Co-Founder and CTO of LifetimeMD a new stealth Startup, and was Co-Founder and Head of Product Engineering for a smart fabric Wearables company, leading global wearable computing architecture innovation, integration, testing, quality and technical engagement. Her startup was accepted into the Intel Make it Wearable Semifinals, two Startup Incubators, and she presented in Shenzhen China and Taipei Taiwan, Keiretsu Women's Forum, Draper University, Silicon Valley China Wireless, and was selected as a Delta Techcrunch Disrupt Innovator.

Mary's background includes work in Sun Microsystems Java Engineering, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and Mobile Health Android Application development with Stanford and Government Projects.


Sidney Evans

Sidney Evans is a leading expert in branding & communications with numerous articles to his credit. Mr. Evans is the founder of Brand:S a branding consultancy & advisory based in Miami and New York, for companies and individuals. At Brand: S he is responsible for the strategy design, business development and client services. Mr Evans holds an Executive MBA from the University of Miami in Marketing.


Donna Griffit

Donna, Corporate Storyteller,has worked globally for over a decade with Fortune 500 companies and Start-Ups in a wide variety of industries. She has consulted and trained clients in over 30 countries, helping them create, edit and deliver verbal and written presentations, pitches and messages. Donna has the ability to magically spin raw data into compelling stories that captivate audiences and drive to results. Through her guidance clients have raised tens of millions of dollars. Donna is Co-Founder and CEO of – a tool that helps startups tell their story to investors and get the meetings they want!


Naeem Zafar

Naeem is a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley, Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology and the professor of the Practice at Brown University. He has taught entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance at Haas Business School since 2005. He is also a serial entrepreneur and he co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile, an enterprise security and mobility company that was acquired by Oracle in November 2013.

Naeem works frequently with the US State Department in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the world and was invited to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC to participate in a dialogue about starting an entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide. He is on the International advisory board for the North African initiative at the Aspen Institute. He has travelled to 76 countries to understand cultures and how business is done and considers himself a global citizen.

Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on