InnovateEDU Management Team

  Max Allen | Documentation    Max is a current junior at MIT studying computer science and is a 2nd-year member of the InnovateEDU team. He is a hacker first, a hustler second, and hipster third, but loves to work at the intersection of technology, business, and design. Max has been involved in StartLabs, MIT's entrepreneurship club since freshman fall, and has also been involved in Contrary Capital, a decentralized university-focused VC firm. Outside of extracurriculars, he loves bouldering, listening to music, and practicing his Chinese language skills.   Learn More →

Max Allen | Documentation

Max is a current junior at MIT studying computer science and is a 2nd-year member of the InnovateEDU team. He is a hacker first, a hustler second, and hipster third, but loves to work at the intersection of technology, business, and design. Max has been involved in StartLabs, MIT's entrepreneurship club since freshman fall, and has also been involved in Contrary Capital, a decentralized university-focused VC firm. Outside of extracurriculars, he loves bouldering, listening to music, and practicing his Chinese language skills.

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  Rachel Groberman | Venture Coach    Rachel is a sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science, with a specific interest in finding new use cases for emerging technologies. From being a member of MIT's e-club (Start Labs) to competing in local and international pitch competitions, she has had a great time immersing herself within the amazing community of Boston entrepreneurs. When she's not acting as the MIT team manager, Rachel procrastinates on problem sets by going on runs, coaching a local gymnastics team, and scoping out cute coffee shops.   Learn More →

Rachel Groberman | Venture Coach

Rachel is a sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science, with a specific interest in finding new use cases for emerging technologies. From being a member of MIT's e-club (Start Labs) to competing in local and international pitch competitions, she has had a great time immersing herself within the amazing community of Boston entrepreneurs. When she's not acting as the MIT team manager, Rachel procrastinates on problem sets by going on runs, coaching a local gymnastics team, and scoping out cute coffee shops.

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  Connor Gross | Executive Director    Connor is currently a 3rd year at Northeastern University. This is Connor’s 2nd year involved with InnovateEDU. Outside of the program, he is active in the Northeastern community through being a coach in their venture accelerator, IDEA, along with working with their Entrepreneurs Club. Student orgs aside, you can find Connor spending time exploring restaurants in Boston, looking for products to sell on Amazon, and hitting the slopes during the winter!   Learn More →

Connor Gross | Executive Director

Connor is currently a 3rd year at Northeastern University. This is Connor’s 2nd year involved with InnovateEDU. Outside of the program, he is active in the Northeastern community through being a coach in their venture accelerator, IDEA, along with working with their Entrepreneurs Club. Student orgs aside, you can find Connor spending time exploring restaurants in Boston, looking for products to sell on Amazon, and hitting the slopes during the winter!

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  Daniel Huertas | Venture Coach    Daniel is a senior at Boston College's Carroll School of Management studying Marketing and Information Systems. He's been involved with entrepreneurship at BC for four years, and was part of the original student team of Start@Shea, BC's entrepreneurship club. This is his first year with InnovateEDU. When not doing entreprenerdy things, you can find him trying to surf, rooting on Bay Area sports teams, and trying to find the best street food in the Boston area.    Learn More →

Daniel Huertas | Venture Coach

Daniel is a senior at Boston College's Carroll School of Management studying Marketing and Information Systems. He's been involved with entrepreneurship at BC for four years, and was part of the original student team of Start@Shea, BC's entrepreneurship club. This is his first year with InnovateEDU. When not doing entreprenerdy things, you can find him trying to surf, rooting on Bay Area sports teams, and trying to find the best street food in the Boston area. 

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  L.J. Maloney | Head of Ignite    L.J. is a senior at Boston College's Carroll School of Management and is studying Finance and Business Analytics. L.J's passion for entrepreneurship started in his senior year of high school when he started his first company, Cased, which manufactured customizable iPhone cases using 3D printers. He has been part of Start@Shea, Boston College's entrepreneurship club, for three years. This is his first year with InnovateEDU. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, watching hockey, and cooking.    Learn More →

L.J. Maloney | Head of Ignite

L.J. is a senior at Boston College's Carroll School of Management and is studying Finance and Business Analytics. L.J's passion for entrepreneurship started in his senior year of high school when he started his first company, Cased, which manufactured customizable iPhone cases using 3D printers. He has been part of Start@Shea, Boston College's entrepreneurship club, for three years. This is his first year with InnovateEDU. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, watching hockey, and cooking. 

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  Cailey Newton | Head of Community    Cailey is currently a sophomore at Emerson College and this is her second year involved with InnovateEDU. She studies the Business of Creative Enterprises, which captures her love for creativity and collaboration. She mentors a team of BUILD students at Charlestown High School, which is a non-profit that she's extremely passionate about. You never have to look very hard to find Cailey, because you can always hear her laugh.    Learn More →

Cailey Newton | Head of Community

Cailey is currently a sophomore at Emerson College and this is her second year involved with InnovateEDU. She studies the Business of Creative Enterprises, which captures her love for creativity and collaboration. She mentors a team of BUILD students at Charlestown High School, which is a non-profit that she's extremely passionate about. You never have to look very hard to find Cailey, because you can always hear her laugh. 

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Victoria Parisi | Venture Coach

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  Thomas Riley | Head of Marketing   Tom Riley is a sophomore at Boston College studying communication.  He is passionate about solving problems and is currently working on his own company called Katahdin; a mission-driven outdoors brand focused on designing and producing innovative gear. The business is currently scheduled to launch on Kickstarter.com by the Summer of 2018.  He loves growing followings and creating engaging content with anything from infographics to movies.  In his free time, he loves trying crazy restaurants, running, and exploring the great outdoors!   Learn More →

Thomas Riley | Head of Marketing

Tom Riley is a sophomore at Boston College studying communication.  He is passionate about solving problems and is currently working on his own company called Katahdin; a mission-driven outdoors brand focused on designing and producing innovative gear. The business is currently scheduled to launch on Kickstarter.com by the Summer of 2018.  He loves growing followings and creating engaging content with anything from infographics to movies.  In his free time, he loves trying crazy restaurants, running, and exploring the great outdoors!

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  Saloni Shah | Co-Director of Educate    Saloni is a current Junior at Boston University studying Environmental Science. She became involved with entrepreneurship by competing in an all-girls mobile app startup competition in high school, called Technovation. Saloni continued her passion for entrepreneurship by getting involved in BU's Entrepreneurship club and now serves as Team Manager and StartBU director, one of the club's flagship programs. Outside of entrepreneurship, you can find Saloni dancing on Jalwa, a bolly-fusion team, and being in the outdoors!   Learn More →

Saloni Shah | Co-Director of Educate

Saloni is a current Junior at Boston University studying Environmental Science. She became involved with entrepreneurship by competing in an all-girls mobile app startup competition in high school, called Technovation. Saloni continued her passion for entrepreneurship by getting involved in BU's Entrepreneurship club and now serves as Team Manager and StartBU director, one of the club's flagship programs. Outside of entrepreneurship, you can find Saloni dancing on Jalwa, a bolly-fusion team, and being in the outdoors!

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  Sanjana Shukla | Co-Director of Educate    Sanjana is currently a freshman at MIT studying Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science, and is a 1st year member of the InnovateEDU management team. Outside of InnovateEDU, Sanjana is a member of StartLabs (MIT’s entrepreneurship club) and is an executive member in the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (WiEECS). Passionate about entrepreneurship and STEM outreach, Sanjana looks forward to connecting students across Boston through InnovateEDU.   Learn More →

Sanjana Shukla | Co-Director of Educate

Sanjana is currently a freshman at MIT studying Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science, and is a 1st year member of the InnovateEDU management team. Outside of InnovateEDU, Sanjana is a member of StartLabs (MIT’s entrepreneurship club) and is an executive member in the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (WiEECS). Passionate about entrepreneurship and STEM outreach, Sanjana looks forward to connecting students across Boston through InnovateEDU.

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  Josh Surette | Director of Venture Coaches    Josh is a current Senior at Boston University studying Computer Engineering, and is a 2nd year member of the innovateEDU team. Outside of his work in the program and classroom, Josh is heavily involved with the BU Entrepreneurship Club, serving as the current Vice President. Here, Josh oversees outreach initiatives, works with BU administration on strategy initiatives, and also oversees the StartBU competition. Along with this, Josh also spends a lot of his free time going to hackathons, hiking and hanging out with friends.   Learn More →

Josh Surette | Director of Venture Coaches

Josh is a current Senior at Boston University studying Computer Engineering, and is a 2nd year member of the innovateEDU team. Outside of his work in the program and classroom, Josh is heavily involved with the BU Entrepreneurship Club, serving as the current Vice President. Here, Josh oversees outreach initiatives, works with BU administration on strategy initiatives, and also oversees the StartBU competition. Along with this, Josh also spends a lot of his free time going to hackathons, hiking and hanging out with friends.

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  Max Thalheimer | Venture Coach    A one time InnovateEDU program participant turned Team Director, Max attends Northeastern University where he is in his third year of studying entrepreneurship along with a minor in entrepreneurial engineering. In addition to his involvement with the Entrepreneurship club, Max can also be found representing NU as a member of the club Roller Hockey team, as well as also serving on the University's Club Sports Council.   Learn More →

Max Thalheimer | Venture Coach

A one time InnovateEDU program participant turned Team Director, Max attends Northeastern University where he is in his third year of studying entrepreneurship along with a minor in entrepreneurial engineering. In addition to his involvement with the Entrepreneurship club, Max can also be found representing NU as a member of the club Roller Hockey team, as well as also serving on the University's Club Sports Council.

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Information for Students: 

InnovateEDU is an organization run by students, for students. We're always looking for ambitious students to partner with. Whether you're looking to participate in InnovateEDU, want to bring it to your own school, or are just driven and excited by the idea of solving meaningful problems, we'd love to hear from you. Shoot us a note so we can connect!

 
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