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Meet our judges

Connor Ling

Connor Ling

Investor, Visible Ventures

Joshua Taylor

Joshua Taylor

Venture Partner, South Loop 

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Gabriell Gassaway

University of Louisville

Long Tran

Long Tran

Associate, Ohio Innovation Fund 

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Elizabeth Rounsaval

Partner, Rounsavall Investments





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Greg Langdon






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Bayard Donaldson

Financial Advisor, Barnes Donaldson Group at Morgan Stanley


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Gill Holland

Managing Partner, Portland Investment Initiative


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Alice Shade

CEO & President, Four A Ventures


Mario Mazzone

Associate Investor, Keyhorse Capital

John Willmoth

John Willmoth

Founder & Managing Partner, Poplar Ventures

Jake OShea

Jake O'Shea

Principal, Antler


Oliver Ardery

Strategy & Operations, Google

Katie Kopan

Katie Kopan

Investor, High Alpha

JeFreda Brown

JeFreda Brown

Wealth Advisor & Venture Capital Investor, Xaris Financial Enterprises

Brance Hudzietz-1

Brance Hudzietz

Director or Corporate Ventures, Arms Applications Lab

Akhil Nair-1

Akhil Nair

Founder & CEO, Xena Intelligence

John Diaz-1

John Diaz

General Partner, Stone Machine Ventures

Jacob DeZarn

Jacob DeZarn

Partner, Capital Midwest

Leigh Harris-1

Leigh Harris

Investment Analyst, Artemis Fund

Gaby Porras

Gaby Porras

Investor, Signal Peak Ventures

Haley Medved Kendrick-1

Haley Medved Kendrick

Senior Managing Director, gener8tor

Adam Choe-1

Adam Choe

Managing Partner, Tundra Ventures

Maria Heyen

Maria Heyen

Investor, Redbud Ventures

Liam Reilly-1

Liam Reilly

Principal, KCRise

Rashedia Mayhane-1

Rashedia Mayhane

Manager, Entrepreneur Experience & Portfolio Growth, Endeavor 

Raechele Smalls

Raechele Smalls

Program Manager, Light Ship Capital

Emily Atkinson

Emily Atkinson

Venture Analyst, IU Ventures

Ilona Limonta-Volkova

Ilona Limonta Volkova

Investor, Trust Stage Ventures

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh

Founder, Hands On Angels

Brian Hutchinson-1

Brian Hutchinson

Chief Development Officer, CVKY

Mara Chaben

Mara Chaben

Senior Associate, Hawke Ventures

Emily Easley

Emily Easley

Associate, Cintrifuse Capital

Aaditi Tamhankar-1

Aaditi Tamhankar

Investor, Bluestein Ventures

Sara Omohundro-1

Sara Omohundro

Principal, Elevate Ventures

Isabelle Styslinger

Isabelle Styslinger

Investor, Rise of the Rest Revolution

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Cindy Ho

Jr Partner, Stout Street Capital

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Abid Ali

Principal, MCN Ventures