Entrepreneur in residence

Bob Manasier

Robert Manasier is a serial entrepreneur and brand builder, with experience in over 130 international startups and over 400 products/services commercialized, 1000s of acceleration/commercialization campaigns, as the CEO of In Focus Brands (a branded go-to-market acceleration firm).  In addition to In Focus, Robert currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the NYS Innovation HotSpot Program, UAlbany Innovation Center, IgniteU NY and the Sage Colleges; Managing Director of the EDA Fund and the Diamond Point Co-Development Fund; Chief Strategy Officer for the SaaS firm: The CrowdBuild; Board Member for Autonomy Distributors and Parkhurst Field Foundation and President of IFP Films, EDA Labs and Empire Custom.  He also currently serves as Saratoga Springs Sports Tourism Chair and Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission Member.

2018 Lead Mentors

Lou Sackal

Dylan Hall

bill dailey

Amy Mengel

Carmen Duncan

Chuck Rancourt


Matt Wagoner

William Tansey Jr.

Simon Bruno

Clint Ballinger

Dane Jennings

Vic Christopher

Antonio Civitella

Rick D'Errico

Avin Joshi

Lorraine Ferguson

Richard Zack

Hanson Grant

Tom "TK" Kuegler

Clarke Foley

Max Escaler

Cory Nelson

Shanna Sanders

Rick Neff

Abe Sultan

Katie Tansey

Christine Tate

Dave Wojeski

Jodi mather

Jan Woodcock

IgniteU is currently looking to add mentors to support the entrepreneurs in our programs. There are various levels of commitment and opportunities to serve as a mentor; we are looking for mentors who are excited to volunteer their expertise to help this area's entrepreneurs.

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