Nasir Ali – Managing Director at StartFast Venture Accelerator
Nasir Ali is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. He moved to Syracuse in 2004 to help build Upstate New York’s entrepreneurial ecosystem first through The Tech Garden and since 2010 as co-founder and CEO of Upstate Venture Connect. Nasir is also the founder and executive director of the Seed Capital Fund of CNY and manages SCF’s investment portfolio. StartFast is a mentorship driven, private capital backed internet/software accelerator based in Syracuse, NY. StartFast is a member of the the global TechStars Network. Their first group of startups will assembled in 2012. The Seed Capital Fund of CNY represents private investors interested in supporting early stage technology companies in Upstate New York.
Craig Elias – Billion Dollar Idea Contest Winner and creator of Trigger Event Selling
Craig Ellis is one of the top sales gurus in the country, and is the creator of the Trigger Event strategy. Recent research by Forrester shows you can win the sale 74% of the time when you reach decision makers at exactly the right time. For almost 20 years, Craig used Trigger Event strategies to become a top sales performer at every company that has hired him – including WorldCom where he was named the #1 salesperson within six months of joining the company. He won a $1,000,000 prize in a global “Billion-Dollar Idea” pitch competition, and earned coverage on NBC news, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Nikkei Marketing Journal, Business 2.0, Sales and Marketing magazine, and Venture Magazine. Craig’s last company won the distinction as one of “Silicon Valley’s 40 hottest” and one of Dow Jones™ 50 most promising companies in North America. He is author of the award winning sales book “SHiFT! Harness The Trigger Events That Turn Prospects Into Customers“ and was named 15th on Forbes list of the most social sales people on the planet!