We’re building a world class new venture team at the University of South Carolina. Our team has started or participated in 13 startup companies, has mentored more than 119 early stage companies and has collectively facilitated over $8,050,000 in capital raising. We’re building a community of, by and for entrepreneurs. Whether you are a student seeking for credit entrepreneurship courses, a faculty member looking for SBIR/STTR funding, an alumnus with the next big idea or a startup looking for cofounder expertise; our team can help you.
Raghav Badiger | Startup Guru
Raghav is building a thriving startup community through entrepreneurial education and creating strong programs. He is passionate about ideas and building things from scratch. Raghav loves working with entrepreneurs because they are filled with contagious energy and is inspired by startups constantly trying to break the mold. Raghav earned a master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship from Babson College and is active with early stage ventures in Boston, Silicon Valley and Austin. His favorite entrepreneurial moment was realizing he could be an entrepreneur and losing the fear of the unknown. We call him a startup guru because he has immersed himself into the startup world and has been part of many different early stage companies.
Kelly Truesdale | Tech Wizard
Kelly provides companies with hands-on tech and capital raising help, and occassionally brews the coffee - though not very well! He is developing and managing our product development accelerator. Kelly is passionate about technology in all forms, whether it's a new catalyst for fuel cells or a new framework for building web apps. He loves the "get it done" entrepreneurial spirit and believes founders are some of the most driven and capable people out there. Kelly is COO of SysEDA and a graduate of USC's IMBA program. His favorite entrepreneurial memory is sitting on milk crates around an old, dented table holding his first SysEDA meeting. Why does his title suit him? Well, he looks pretty stunning in a wizard's hat!
Ann-Marie Nunziata | Intern of All Trades
Ann-Marie chooses to use her internet surfing and Pinterest powers for good. Made of sugar, spice, and a little bit of Professor’s Chemical X, she executes killer events for your enjoyment. Ann-Marie loves the startup community because there’s never a shortage of challenges or laughter. As a student, she’s pursuing degrees in Marketing, Management, and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management. On the side, she wears many hats including Resident Mentor, Vice President of a business organization, and partner of a company. All of the experiences help make her the Intern of All Trades.