Meet the Judges

Michael Carroll

is Deputy Managing Director for Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), P.E. is a creative and nationally respected leader with more than 25 years of experience in transportation. In this role, Carroll leads oTIS staff in developing strategies and implementing policies to build a safe and equitable multi-modal systems across Philadelphia’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.

Deputy Carroll coordinates and sets the policy direction for critical functions, including the Streets Department (both Transportation and Sanitation), the Philadelphia Water Department, as well as the newly created Office of Complete Streets.  His oversight includes infrastructure systems that are made up of more than 9,500 transit stops, 2,575 miles of street, 320 bridge structures, 450 lanes miles of bike facilities, 1,000 Indego bikes and 100 Indego stations, and 6,500 miles of sewers and water mains.  Deputy Carroll also coordinates with internal city departments, external agencies such as SEPTA, PennDOT, Amtrak, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, as well as with policy makers on the local, state, and national levels.

Deputy Carroll graduated with a Bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University and proceeded to earn Master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering and Transportation Planning from the University of Berkeley.

Lon R. Greenberg

is Chairman Emeritus of UGI Corporation, a Fortune 500 distributor and marketer of energy products and related services. He stepped down as Non-Executive Chairman on January 28, 2016. He retired as UGI’s Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2013, after serving in that role for nearly 18 years.

Greenberg serves on the Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial Inc. and Amerisource Bergen Corporation. In addition, Greenberg is a member of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University.

Greenberg received his B.S. in Economics in 1972 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his education at Villanova Law School where he received his J.D. with honors in 1975. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1993.

Jenna Kurath

serves as Vice President of Startup Partner Development and Head of Comcast NBCU SportsTech – an innovation program focused on investing in and developing the next great sports technologies. The program provides startup founders an unrivaled combination of sports industry advisors, a custom-tailored sports tech curriculum, and investment capital to scale and grow their business.

In this role, Jenna is responsible for leading the overall strategy and managing key industry partnerships to build and curate a team of advisors and mentors, along with custom-designed curriculum and capital investment, to attract the best startups from around the world to innovate alongside Comcast NBCUniversal and Sky. SportsTech is part of an extensive portfolio of innovation programs, including LIFT Labs in Philadelphia, focused on helping the next generation of technology leaders understand our business, test and pilot technologies with us, and become better storytellers.

Previously Jenna was Executive Director of Business Development & Partnerships, having joined Comcast in 2013, working within the corporate Strategic Development team and Comcast Business. Before joining the company, Jenna held various business development, sales strategy, and strategic communication roles at companies ranging from the startup, pre-IPO stage to Fortune 500 companies, including Symantec and Concentric Networks.

Steven Nappi

has been in the business of commercializing university discoveries for the past 20 years. Mr. Nappi joined Temple University in 2008 as its Director of Technology Transfer and he currently serves as Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization and Business Development within the Office of the Vice President for Research. In that role, Mr. Nappi heads the university’s efforts to identify, protect and commercialize research-based discoveries while growing an ecosystem to support technology acceleration and startup creation.

At Temple, Mr. Nappi benefits from a growing research environment that has led to the creation of over 35 startup companies in the past 10 years. These companies have successfully launched 5 products and collectively raised more than $160M in funding in the past 2 years. To support the university’s startup portfolio, Mr. Nappi contributed to the formation of seed and venture-stage investment programs. Prior to joining Temple, Mr. Nappi spent 7 years at Florida Atlantic University in its Office of Technology Transfer.

Mr. Nappi holds a BBA in business management and marketing from Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of AUTM and the Licensing Executive Society. Mr. Nappi is President Emeritus of BioStrategy Partners and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

Pedro A. Ramos

CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation, is leading the region’s community foundations into a second century of engagement, philanthropic growth, and impact.

Pedro has a strong record of leadership in business, law, government, and the social sector. In addition to working at a national law practice for almost 20 years, he served Philadelphia as Managing Director (COO), City Solicitor, Board of Education President, and School Reform Commission Chairperson. He also served the University of Pennsylvania as vice president and chief of staff to the (former) president.

Pedro has a long history of service on boards of public and private companies, government agencies, and nonprofits, including current board service for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Award, Independence Health Group, FS Energy and Power Fund, and CFLeads.

Todor Raykov

is the Director of Accelerator Programs at NextFab, an entrepreneurship support center in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. In this role, he has invested in over 40 high-tech startups and helped them secure millions of dollars in funding from angel investors and venture capitalists. Todor specializes in assisting entrepreneurs to establish and refine scalable business models and focus on the things that matter to build viable companies. He is currently involved as a mentor, advisor, and investor to start-up and early stage companies, and contributes his time to several organizations and programs including Temple University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Emerging Enterprise Center in Wilmington, DE.

Michael Roberts

is currently serving as the Director of Gas Processing at Philadelphia Gas Works. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University as an Electrical Engineer. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager.

Seth A. Shapiro

is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). On December 1, 2021 he will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Seth served on the Board of Directors of PGW for roughly 15 years, under Philadelphia mayors John Street, Michael Nutter, and James Kenney. He served for five years as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, five years as Vice Chairman, and as Chairman from 2016 to 2020.

Prior to joining PGW in a management capacity, Seth spent over 23 years in the real estate industry, managing all phases of development and construction. During his career, he managed projects with a combined value of over $1 billion, including more than 10,000 residential units and over 6 million square feet of retail and commercial space. He has worked on projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida.

He has also served in leadership positions on a variety of community-based non-profits, including The Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District, Mt. Airy USA, and Operation Understanding. Seth has guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Drexel University and he presents at a variety of industry conferences. Seth graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Government.

Maura Shenker

is a small business and economic development expert focused on entrepreneurship as a wealth-building tool for traditionally marginalized urban communities. Currently, she is the Director of Temple University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC, housed in the Fox School of Business, serves entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, with a mission to help businesses start, grow, and prosper. In 2020, the SBDC was awarded the Fox Community Impact Award for its outreach programs in the Philadelphia region.

Before joining Temple University, Maura served as Director of Saint Joseph’s University’s Centers for Professional Development and Food Marketing, where she oversaw all custom and open-enrollment programs in executive education at the university’s Haub School of Business. In that role, she was awarded Best New Program 2017 at the ProEd Conference for Management and Executive Development and recognized for developing the symposium “What Women Want,” which was awarded the 2016 Best Special Event/Initiative by SJU.

Mark S. Trabbold

is Senior Vice President at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and is Ben Franklin’s first point of contact for investors, businesses, and entrepreneurs interested in engaging the organizations various resources such as mentoring, technical assistance, and funding. Additionally, Mark leads the investment activity for Ben’s Physical Sciences sector and runs Ben Franklin’s FabNet™ — a program for rapid prototyping and fabrication utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies.

Mark has over 30 years of experience in innovation, engineering, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Ben Franklin, Mark was Vice President of R&D for CertainTeed Corporation, a North American building materials manufacturer, where he was responsible for research, development, and new business integration bringing numerous products to commercial success worth over $100M, annually. In this role, he also oversaw international new product launches as Global Program Manager for Paris based parent company, Saint-Gobain.

Frank Weigert 

is the Chief Information Officer at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). Frank has been working in the IT field since the late 1980s. He joined PGW in 1998, shortly after moving to the US. He has served in several technical and managerial roles within the PGW IT department over the years and assumed the role of CIO in 2016. During his 23 years at PGW he has participated in or lead countless technology initiatives of all sizes.

Tiffany Wilson

is the President and CEO of the University City Science Center, brings more than 18 years of leadership transitioning innovative medical technologies from benchtop to bedside, building partnerships across academia, industry, and economic development organizations.

She most recently served as CEO of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the development and commercialization of innovative medical products. She joined GCMI in 2011 to lead its startup phase, establishing an overall vision, building strategic relationships, and bringing together key stakeholders of the medical device ecosystem.

Wilson earned a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Wilson serves as Past President of the Board of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Founding Member of Medtech Women @ SEMDA, Chair of the Advisory Board for GCMI’s preclinical testing facility, and as a member of the Georgia Bio Board of Directors. She led the Sponsorship Committee of the 2013 SEMDA Conference and has served as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council. In 2015 Wilson received the prestigious Georgia Bio Community Award and in 2017 she was presented with the Industry Growth Award; the highest honor bestowed each year by Georgia Bio.

Eloise Young

is a retired senior executive with over a decade of hands-on experience leading Philadelphia Gas Works’ technology and strategic planning functions. Eloise currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the largest area agency on aging in Pennsylvania; the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, which provides food, shelter, and clinical services to men and women experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia; and the Mill Creek Urban Farm, an educational farm in the heart of West Philadelphia dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce.