Judges

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James Becker
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Channel Products

James joined Channel Products in 2013 as Chief
Technology and Innovation Officer. He brings to
Channel Products more than two decades of
engineering and manufacturing leadership.He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering. He also holds a Master of Business
Administration.
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Peter Brown
Founder
Six Shooter Coffee

In 2016, Peter Brown approached our CSU Small Business Development Center with a business plan in hand and a vision for his future. Peter, a former teacher, had a wholesale coffee business, Six Shooter Coffee and wanted to pursue expanding his business by opening up a coffee shop in the Waterloo Arts District of Cleveland. With a lot of focus and attention, our business advisors were able to help him create financial projections and a final, bank-worthy business plan.

On March 4, 2016 Peter opened his first location on Waterloo Road in the Arts District of Cleveland’s Collinwood Neighborhood. Since then, he has added a second location, a Roast Bar in the Flats West Bank, continued to expand his wholesale business and was been named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 20 in their 20s List in 2017. Peter also created a cold brew product now offered in several retail locations including Target Stores.

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Destiny Burns
Founder
CLE Urban Winery

Destiny is the founder of CLE Urban Winery, a fun, inviting, upscale boutique winery experience in the historic, urban setting of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The CLE Urban Winery produces, serves and sells a wide variety of wine, all branded to honor and celebrate the city of Cleveland. CLE Urban Winery is a Federally Bonded Winery and sells their own hand-crafted wine exclusively. The company’s wine production facility, a signature Tasting Bar and primary retail outlet are located in the Cedar-Lee District at 2180B Lee Road In Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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Shannon Lyons
COO
Flashstarts

Shannon Lyons is a business development professional with the proven ability to drive results through applied research in organizations that range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Shannon’s applied research includes methodologies in business modeling, innovation management, commercialization, complex change management and human-centered design. A strategic thinker who has worked with teams of all sizes, Shannon has successfully led organizations to execute complex initiatives. She possesses a broad knowledge of complexity theory, rapid prototyping and coaching and is intensely focused on bottom-line results through the creation of value.
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Christopher Smith
Deal Flow Associate
JumpStart

Christopher Smith serves as the senior on boarding resource for applicants seeking services and/or investment from JumpStart and its network of partners. His role involves engaging with early-stage and small business clients, identifying their service needs, providing value-added feedback, maintaining continued engagement with clients and partners to track continued progress made and making referrals within JumpStart, within the NEO ESP Network and to our other external services partners.