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Erick Mueller

Erick Mueller has founded four businesses. Three have done OK and one was a flaming failure.  His current venture, Funovation, has 332 locations in 29 countries around the world. He’s survived to share his experiences with others and is a teacher at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He helps with programs that inspire and empower disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the slums of Africa, South America and Europe. He truly believes entrepreneurship can change the world! He loves adventuring in the mountains with his family and lab. Oh, and he has 11 siblings…

George Deriso

George Deriso is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and consultant who has worked with businesses of all sizes worldwide. Prior to founding Cosmos Partners, George worked for Falcon Venture Partners, a Colorado private equity firm. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental as an executive or founder of 8 technology ventures. He also has worked in large multi-national companies, such as AT&T, Apple, and Gartner Group, providing him experience and insight that is meaningful across the full range of enterprises. George is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business with the 'Certificate of Excellence in Entrepreneurial Studies' program at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jay Waddell

Jay offers a wealth of experience as an advisor for the Entrepreneurial Solutions team. His background includes marketing, strategic planning and general management roles for global healthcare heavy weight Datex Ohmeda (now part of GE Healthcare). He also co-founded a highly successful medical device startup that ramped from 3 to 133 employees in three years. Fasten your seat belt. Additionally, Jay was Partner for 18 years at Sterling Rice Group, a national renowned brand strategy and innovation consultancy. At SRG, Jay led consulting engagements for a wide array of B2B and B2C clients, including PepsiCo, Starbucks, HP, Bank of America, DU, AT&T, Ralston Purina, US West, Salomon and many more. He has been a faculty member at Leeds for seven years teaching a variety of grad and undergrad courses in innovation and brand strategy. Jay is an avid tennis player, hiker and he has an adorable new puppy.