First, IOP experts and our five partners (listed below) made an initial selection of semi-finalists. We ensured the semi-finalists met all the criteria for a successful partnership and agree to basic terms (i.e., be able to participate in the workshop, be able to support the ongoing implementation of the new brand, etc.).
Then, the semi-finalists were reviewed by a panel of independent judges (listed below) to narrow down the list even further.
4th Cycle Partners:
Our partners generously donate their goods and services to BNB! each cycle
4th Cycle Judges:
Deputy Director, Programs at New Jersey Health Initiatives
As Deputy Director of Programs, Diane brings learnings from and relationships with state and national stakeholders to reimagine how to build healthier communities, partner on strategic design, and direct the tactical implementation of NJHI’s funding initiatives. In addition to her programmatic responsibilities, Hagerman directs New Jersey Health Initiatives’ (NJHI) communications efforts, which are integral to NJHI’s work to drive upstream health conversations, promote the work of NJHI grantees, and connect underutilized resources to improve health in lower-resourced communities. Diane appreciates working directly with NJHI’s active grantees to ensure they are able to realize the full potential of their projects, aligning technical assistance and support to build stronger networks among grantees, ensuring they have opportunities for growth and success throughout and beyond their grant funding.
Diane currently serves as a trustee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, a member of the Healthy New Jersey 2030 Advisory Council and is a 2015 Lead NJ Fellow. Diane holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Marketing from Webber College in Babson Park, FL, and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Prior to joining New Jersey Health Initiatives in 2002, Diane served as the Corporate Manager of ElderMed Services with Kennedy Health System in southern NJ, and Manager of Employee Programs and Communications with Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts in Atlantic City.
Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute; Managing Director, NYU Innovation Venture Fund
Frank is the founder and executive director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where he leads a pan-University initiative to spur and support entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Frank is also managing director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, a seed-stage venture fund that has invested in 24 NYU startups. He collaborated with Giff Constable to produce two acclaimed entrepreneurship texts: Talking to Humans and Testing with Humans.
Frank has more than 25 years of experience in early-stage investing, spinouts and technology commercialization. He was a founding partner of corporate spinout VC specialist New Venture Partners, and before that Director/Entrepreneur-in-Residence in Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Previously, he held positions in product management and marketing at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT.
Frank has previously served as an Instructor for the NSF’s I-Corps program, taught entrepreneurship courses at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and the Courant Institute, served as a mentor at Techstars, and on the advisory board for the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center (TEC).
Frank holds a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Operations Manager, Kids in Crisis
Jen Brown began her career in Higher Education Administration, specifically, student programming, development, and administrative and logistical operations.
During her tenure at NYU, Jen was responsible for creating the “NYU Summer“ program providing support services for interns and summer students from around the world. In addition to serving as Assistant Vice President for NYU Campus Services, Jen served on the University implementation team charged with converting La Pietra, a 60-acre Estate in Florence Italy, into a full service academic and residential campus.
Currently Jen oversees Operations at Kids In Crisis, a former IOP Brand New Brand recipient. Kids in Crisis provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. As a 24-hours, 7-day a week facility, Jen oversees and supports all of their operations from IT, HR, facilities and policy development for the residential shelter program.
Jen holds an MA in Counseling and School Administration from Kean University, and a BA in Psychology and Human Services from Rowan University.