new venture final round Judges
dayton, ohio


Aaron Delidow

Aaron Delidow is a well-rounded executive with over 30 years of practical experience in management, finance, operations, sales and marketing. He began his career as an auditor for a national drug store chain, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, and then went on to serve in a variety of capacities in the performance improvement industry. Today Aaron is an owner and managing partner in Provest Properties Inc., a full service mergers & acquisition intermediary. During his career, Aaron has facilitated over 250 mergers and acquisitions and counting.

Scott Koorndyk

Scott Koorndyk is President of The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), a business incubator located in Dayton, Ohio.  TEC is a full-service incubator supporting technology-focused start-ups and small businesses, primarily in the aerospace, advanced materials and biosciences markets. For most of his career, Scott has focused on technology development and commercialization in diverse for-profit and nonprofit businesses.  Scott is the Founder of SectorLight Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in professional consulting services for commercial, academic and non-profit clients seeking to extract value from their intellectual property and technology assets through commercialization, new venture creation, capital attraction and strategic development.  Before forming SectorLight, Scott was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Dayton Development Coalition (“DDC”).  In that capacity, Scott oversaw all economic development initiatives including Entrepreneurial Signature Program, a $22.5M pre-seed venture program with more than 30 companies in the investment portfolio.  Prior to joining the DDC, Scott was served 15 years at LexisNexis through progressively more responsible positions including product development, marketing, and business development.  While in business development, Scott managed more than 900 licenses and strategic alliances representing more than $480M in revenue, and the acquisition and integration of corporation ranging from $500K to $80M in size.  He also acted in an executive leadership role for the law school business unit, managing a P&L of more than $40M.  Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a BioChemistry  from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He also holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University Of Dayton School Of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property law.

James Mainord

James Mainord is a Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer for Ikove Venture Partners (IVP). IVP is a "Startup Nursery" that focuses on identifying concept technologies currently in development at leading US Universities and Labs and creates the right ecosystem for those technologies to develop into successful startups.  Mr. Mainord leads IVP efforts in Dayton and over sees operations in Columbus.   Mr. Mainord graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University and in 2006 received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Dayton School of Law.  Shortly after graduation he joined Avetec, a Springfield, Ohio federal research firm, and worked as Director of Legal Affairs and Director of Business Development.  While at Avetec he led a variety of projects that included high performance computing research activity, fiber optic network construction, turbine engine modeling and simulation, and coal-to-liquids technology. He also oversaw and reviewed all contractual and legal matters.  In 2013 Mr. Mainord led a corporate merger between Avetec and Beavercreek-based intelligence training firm ATIC.  Upon successful completion of this merger Mr. Mainord transitioned to Vice-President of Strategic Development for ATIC where he oversaw the Springfield operations and strategic development opportunities.  He later continued in this role for Wright State Research Institute. 

Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy is a Dayton transplant who moved to the region to attend college at the University of Dayton. After working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for several years, Scott decided to follow his passion for community work by joining the Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP). At the DDP Scott serves as Vice President of Economic Development, where he leads downtown strategic planning efforts and the DDP’s support of downtown businesses and attraction of new employers to the center city.  Scott also serves as Board President of Bike Miami Valley, where he helped lead efforts to launch the Link Bike Share program. His other community involvement includes the Marketing Committee at the Dayton Foundation, the Minority Inclusion Steering Committee, and the board of Learn to Earn Dayton. Scott is also a graduate of Leadership Ohio.

Carol Warner

Carol Warner joined the Accelerant entrepreneurial venture fund team of the Dayton Development Coalition in April 2015.  Her role focuses on financial reporting and analysis, including responsibility for regular communication of results to fund investors. Carol was previously the CFO of Commuter Advertising, one of the Dayton Region Signature Fund investments, and brings perspective and experience to the Accelerant team from the start-up company environment.  She was selected as the 2012 CFO of the Year by the Dayton Business Journal while with Commuter Advertising.  Carol came to Dayton in 2001 as Vice President - Finance of LM Berry and Company; her finance career with AT&T/Bellsouth/Berry spanned 20 years.  Carol also has prior experience in public accounting and was certified as a CPA.  She received both an MBA and BA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. Carol has been active in the community since coming to Dayton.  She currently serves on the board for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, and serves as well as the treasurer of the United States Air and Trade Show and deputy treasurer of the Citizens for Good Libraries. She previously served on the board of the Miami Valley Research Foundation, Dayton Opera and the Organizational Review Committee of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.  She was a member of the Leadership Dayton Class of 2004.    


Jim Heitner

Jim Heitner leads the Wright Brothers Institute's Technology Commercialization and Transfer Activities intended to support and enhance commercialization in and around AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  He has a more than a 18-year track record of success in many facets of commercialization.  He has held intellectual property licensing and management positions with Emory University, Cornell University, Paradigm Genetics, Inc. and the University of Georgia and was a Principal with Georgia Venture Partners.  From 2009 – 2015, Jim founded and led the growth of Ripple Commercialization Management – a strategic consulting firm that  specialized in executive management of new technology ventures, creation of technology transfer functions at smaller research institutes, decision support and operations at established technology transfer offices.  Before the role at WBI, Jim was Assistant Vice President of University of Cincinnati’s Technology Accelerator for Commercialization where he led initiatives to deliver more commercialization services to faculty inventors, including participation in the ICorps@Ohio and NSF ICorps programs.  Jim has founded or led several technology-based startups, assessed 1000’s of new technology opportunities, assessed 100’s of startups and business plans, effected 28 debt and equity investments in 13 companies, executed 70+ high value patent license deals (values $1M+), and raised more than $5M in private investment, and state and federal commercialization grants.  Jim earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Emory University.