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Meet the Summer Catalyst Mentors in San Francisco!

Each team in Babson’s Summer Catalyst program is paired with an amazing mentor who offers a wealth of startup knowledge, experience, and connections. Every week, the mentor meets with the team and provides industry guidance and input regarding the direction of the venture. Being a startup founder in it’s early stages is exhilarating but can also be extremely difficult so having mentors that help them grow, learn, and overcome challenges is incredibly valuable.

We are excited to have the following experts as our mentors:

Carey Fan

Carey Fan M’12 is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Trackpoint GPS Private Limited. MatchpointGPS is considered one of the fastest growing Connected Car companies in India and is the only telematics provider in India with U.S. made hardware. Carey leads the design and launches of the company’s product offerings. Carey graduated from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business with an MBA. 


Chuang-Ming Liu

Chuang-Ming Liu is currently a senior project manager at Taylor-Design, a strategy-based architectural and interior design firm with a focus in healthcare, education, senior living, and science & technology. Before working at Taylor-Design, Chuang-Ming was the Design Thinking Lead Coach at National Cheng Kung University, Institute of Creative Industries Design where he was responsible for creating and presenting the course curriculum.


George Northup

George Northup has 25 years of experience working and building market leading tech companies in B2B SaaS software. He is currently the CEO if Author-it, an enterprise SaaS company serving the Global 50 in Life Sciences. Prior, George founded 4 companies with over $2 billion of cumulative revenues, while raising over $500 million of capital through IPO’s or venture capital. He was a portfolio exec for top VC’s including Kleiner Perkins.


Hugh Geiger

Hugh Geiger has led award winning product teams on three continents using a variety of technologies including IoT products, SaaS platforms, and mobile applications. His teams have been constantly ranked in the top 1% for innovation and design metrics. Hugh is currently the Co-Founder of, where team collaboration software is being developed using natural voice interfaces in order to enhance productivity. 


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Mark Mavroudis has worked in Silicon Valley as a technical contributor, senior management at a startup, and has held several executive positions at early stage venture-funded companies. Mark is currently the Vice President of Operations at BootstrapLabs, a Global Venture Technology Investment Company. Mark is also the Program Director of SV In.Fusion, a program that works directly with foreign startups to accelerate sharing Silicon Valley’s best practices.


Tanya Soman

Tanya Soman ’12 is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups. 500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $300M in committed capital across 4 main funds and 13 micro funds. Tanya graduated from Babson College with a B.S. Degree in business administration. 


A big thank you to our mentors for volunteering their time to support our Babson entrepreneurs!

Stay tuned via instagram @babsonsf to see the latest events at our San Francisco campus and save the date for our Summer Catalyst Showcase on August 2, 2018.