2020 Judges

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson
Mark is a digital marketing professional in the NEO area. Working for startups, agencies, and corporations both big and small, Mark has become an expert in digital marketing. When he is not working with Impulse, his real estate investments or consulting, Mark spends time working on his personal startup projects. With his passion for marketing and business, Mark hopes to push the digital marketing industry to the next level.

Impulse is a swipe-based feedback app where users can easily ask the public questions through a picture and/or text and receive anonymous feedback. The comprehensive analytics we provide will help companies get a better understanding of their target customers. Furthermore, intelligent decisions can be made based on the analytics to help enhance the products companies provide.

Peter Brown Peter Brown BW
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.

Impulse is a swipe-based feedback app where users can easily ask the public questions through a picture and/or text and receive anonymous feedback. The comprehensive analytics we provide will help companies get a better understanding of their target customers. Furthermore, intelligent decisions can be made based on the analytics to help enhance the products companies provide.

Ted Laufik TedLaufik
Ted Laufik is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer with Cyprium Investment Partners, a private equity firm investing in profitable middle market companies.

Ted began his career in public accounting with Touche Ross and Company (now Deloitte LLP). He has more than 30 years experience in the Private Equity and Venture Capital industries including more than 25 years as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Partner for Morgenthaler, a national private equity and venture capital firm. Ted helped raise more than $3.0 billion of investment capital that has provided financing to more than 350 companies. He also consulted with several early stage and middle market companies providing financial and strategic support. Ted is a Certified Public Accountant (Active) and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs.

He earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and MBA degree from Cleveland State University. Ted serves on the Finance and Audit Committee of JumpStart Inc. – a nationally recognized economic development organization.

Shannon Lyons Shannon Lyons
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..
Elisabeth Sappell ElisabethSapell-100x100
Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of All City Candy. She grew up in a family-run grocery business and always loved her interactions with the customers. A lifelong candy lover, it seems she was destined to run a family-friendly business based on her love of sweets. In 2013, Elisabeth opened the doors of her very own 5,000-square-foot candy wonderland to the public and the smiles followed. She works hard to create an environment where the staff is as happy as the customers. (And that’s some high-level happiness. After all, the customers ARE kids in a candy store!)