MARY HOWARD, PRINCIPAL Mary Howard has been an early stage entrepreneur and educator for over 20 years. Prior to founding Design Technologies, she co founded NY Designs incubator and prototype lab and prior to that founded the Center for New Design, an educational center to help designers create proof of concepts for early stage technology. Mary currently serves on the board of iClean incubator, and MIT Enterprise Forum New York City Chapters. She is on the team for TechLaunch, New Jersey's accelerator program and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Mary is a commercialization coach for Clean Energy Alliance, a program of Department of Energy to support commercialization efforts for SBIR award winners. Mary holds an AB in economics from Harvard College and previously co-founded AlleyEvents, and Athena Design Systems. Mary paints, gardens and surfcasts.
RANDY HARMON, GRANTS WORKSHOP LEADER Randy Harmon, lead technology commercialization and SBIR consultant for the New Jersey SBDC collaborated with Design Technologies on the New Jersey Meadowlands Business Accelerator training in 2011. That successful effort has resulted in a first time SBIR applicant winning an award and an ongoing collaboration with Randy and Design Technologies. Randy has a BS from Cornell and and MBA from Rutgers University. Randy serves on the board of New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network.
LISE DONDY, SEED FUNDING PROGRAM MANAGER Lise Dondy was President of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) from 2004 through September, 2010, where she restructured the Fund to deploy over $200 million in assets. Lise was responsible for launching many of CCEF’s key initiatives, including solar and geothermal incentive programs for residents, the first public sector solar lease program, a commercial renewable distributed generation incentive program, and a renewable energy investment program to help companies and entrepreneurs develop innovative clean energy technologies. Under her leadership, CCEF earned the national State Leadership in Clean Energy Award 2009 for its efforts to promote clean energy within Connecticut municipalities. Previously, Lise was Managing Director, Investments, for Connecticut Innovations a quasi-public state authority that invests preferred equity in emerging technology companies in the state while leveraging private capital to create economic activity and an investment return for the taxpayers. She originated and managed over 30 equity and equity like transactions representing approximately $22 million of investment in 13 early stage high technology companies. Currently, Lise consults nationally on renewable energy as well as assists early stage companies in business planning and financing. She serves on the boards of; Clean Energy States Alliance, Clean Energy Finance Center, Greater New Haven Green Fund, Elm City Cooperative Market and Seldera, an early stage energy efficiency company. Lise holds a bachelor’s degree with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.