Our network of seasoned fintech entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists and investors serve as advisors to FinTech Studios.


Jeff Parkinson

Managing Partner, KEC Ventures

Jeff was part of the founding team at KEC Ventures. While he has experience investing in companies at every stage of their lifecycle, his passion is early stage technology. He led KEC’s investments in companies such as Reonomy, Gem, Ayehu, Jump Ramp Games, Bouqs, and AlphaDraft (acquired by FanDuel).



Sean Hanlon

Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Hanlon Investment Management

Sean owns and operates a turnkey-asset-management-platform serving the investment needs of over 20,000 individual investors, retirement plans, trusts and institutions.



Andy Brown

Connector, Director, Innovator, Investor

Andy is a scientist, part physicist, part chemist, part biologist, part technologist. Andy loves innovation and understanding how things work.



Phil Gilligan

Managing Partner, Sand Hill East

Focused on digitalization and innovative disruption in financial services, and beyond… 29 years of broad international technology experience at senior levels in financial services – wealth management, private banking, trading, research, prime brokerage.



John Carini

CEO and Co-Founder, Social Smart Software

John is software investor/entrepreneur with experience in creating, managing and exiting SAAS companies.



Ali Davachi

CEO and Founder, Realware LLC

Mr. Davachi has many years of hands-on experience with all facets of complex IT project implementation. As a result, he became aware that enterprise quality IT service was not available to smaller companies at affordable prices. He wanted to “Bridge the Gap”, so he founded Realware in 1999 and made its mission: “To deliver enterprise quality IT solutions to small and mid-sized businesses”.



Dr. Werner Kuhr

Director, Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Colorado School of Mines

Werner G. Kuhr serves as Director of the new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Werner works with internal and external stakeholders to integrate entrepreneurship into the University’s educational programs, sponsored research and technology commercialization activities. Previously, he served as the Technology Commercialization Director and the founding Director of the Stevens Venture Center at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Research at ZettaCore, Inc., a company he founded and sold into the semiconductor and printed circuit board industry.



Sergei Kovalenko

CEO and Co-Founder, iTechArt

Sergei is a serial entrepreneur and executive with 15 years of experience in IT and extensive knowledge in software and product development.



Aron Miodownik

Managing Director and Founder, Cambrian Consulting

Aron has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and is the founder and Managing Director of Cambrian Associates.



Tony Pizi

CEO and Co-Founder, 51maps

Tony has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and leader in technology, managing successful innovation in companies.



Alan Reid

Founder and CEO, FORWARD

Alan has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry, including as a founder and CEO of Forward.



Scott Russell

Managing Director and Founder, eCarnegieTech

Scott has over 30 years of fintech, private equity and technology experience and has successfully helped raise seven venture funds.



Debra Walton

Global Managing Director, Customer Propositions, Thomson Reuters

A veteran of the financial services industry, Debra Walton is Global Managing Director, Customer Propositions, at Thomson Reuters.



Andrew Haines

Entrepreneurial/Innovative Methods & Technologies/Catalyst for Change

Technology and business-savvy professional recognized as an innovator and thought leader focused on transforming good ideas into great companies.



Thomas Scholl

Technology Entrepreneur and Investor

Tom is a successful entrepreneur, technology innovator, and investor. He has been directly involved in over 50 start-ups in differing roles, including founder, chairman, CEO, board member, and investor. Experienced in both hardware and software products – especially those created from deep intellectual property. Tom currently serves on the board of a variety of companies.