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Todd Federman

Managing Director, North Coast Ventures

Todd Federman is the Managing Director of North Coast Ventures.  North Coast has over 250 individual angel investors that pool their capital to invest in high-potential, B2B, SaaS startups.  North Coast includes six funds and has closed $60M+ of capital in 50+ early-stage companies since 2007.  Prior to joining North Coast, Todd served as a technology strategy consultant for DiamondCluster and AOL, and launched a consumer packaged goods company, One With Nature.  Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

William Scott

President, Young Explorers Schools

William R. Scott Jr. is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Young Explorers Montessori which he started with his wife, Rita Scott, in 2002. Young Explorers is a Montessori Preschool founded on the principles of giving children a place where they can be free to develop their inner curiosity and confidence to face life’s challenges with excitement. Currently, there are four schools in Young Explorers community of schools: Aurora, Streetsboro, Twinsburg & Avon. Each with an average enrollment of 250 to 325 students. He has the main responsibilities of property acquisition & development, banker/investor relationships, financial performance, accounting functions and franchise development.
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Starlyn Priest

Entrepreneur in Residence, Case Western Reserve University

As a recently appointed 2020 Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Case Western Reserve University’s Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and Principal of Kestada Strategy Consultants LLC, Starlyn H. Priest has a diverse portfolio of cross-industry experience in business and law. With an academic portfolio consisting of a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Brand Management from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the College of Wooster, her career achievements have been both measurable and progressive, thus bringing unique value to clients both globally and in the Northeast Ohio region.

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