Judges for the program have the opportunity to review business plans for up to 15 patented discoveries and inventions and evaluate the investor presentations that are based on these plans in a fun, competitive and exciting Pitch Contest. These are often cutting edge technologies in a variety of industry areas. As such, serving as a judge provides a “first peek” at these opportunities that are available for licensing from Florida’s universities and NASA Centers.

Judges will receive the business plans from and will have approximately 1 week to review and score them using the scoring guides and worksheets provided with the plans. After the business plans have been scored, judges will attend the Pitch Contest and rate the investor presentations using the scoring guides provided.  Additionally, judges are a critically important and positive part of a life changing experience for many, if not most, of the participants in the Startup Quest® program.

Startup Quest® judges, together with the experienced entrepreneurs and CEOs who serve as mentors form an elite core of talented individuals who are willing to donate time and experience to this unique training program. An opportunity for networking will be provided during the cocktail reception following the Pitch Contest.

Program 1 Judges

andy goldANDY GOLD

Andy Gold is a lifelong entrepreneur having started three businesses over the past 22 years. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994 with a mission of delivering IT and business consulting services to the nonprofit sector. Before starting Terrapath, Dr. Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street. First serving as a Senior Vice President and Market Strategist for Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers, and later Gold and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business, which was later sold. Dr. Gold is a social entrepreneur and full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College.  In addition, he teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. Dr. Gold holds a bachelors degree from the State University of New York, a MS degree in Management from Manhattanville College, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from NorthCentral University. His core areas of research interest include using social entrepreneurship to reach at-risk students, the effects of moral suasion on academic dishonesty, and the lean startup methodology and its effect on entrepreneurial venture success.



As the prior Managing Director of Buckelous Ventures and current partner with TechCXO, Mr. Buckel has recently helped a number of pre-revenue start-ups and turnaround and growing companies with various Interim President, CFO, COO , Controller and Board advisory services. For more than fifteen years, Mr. Buckel has served as Chief Financial Officer for a number of public and private companies in the IT, software, service, health care, internet based and technology industries. He currently serves on the board of directors of SMTP (public company). Mr. Buckel earned his MBA from Syracuse University.


mattMularky-thumbnailMATT MULLARKEY

Matt Mullarkey currently serves as Managing Partner for Patina Solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in the automotive, applied materials and medical device industries with P&L responsibilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Brazil, India, Singapore, China, Japan, Australia and Korea. Prior to joining Patina Solutions, Matt was President of Stochastic Wave Services and Chief Operating Officer at West Pharmaceutical Services. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of a $60 million applied materials group of companies that supplied the impact absorbing systems in U.S. military helmets.  Matt earned a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and served as an Airborne, Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer in the 25th Infantry Division. He has a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a M.B.A. from the Moore Business School at the University of South Carolina. He has also completed all work to achieve Doctoral Candidacy in Business Administration at the University of South Florida. Matt is an inventor holding two U.S. patents and a researcher focusing on the impact of technology on organizational innovation, social networking, change management and monetizing data streams.