Our Advisors

a3fa1746606e81ba08d69654299b070d_nt9bGREG SCOTT HOROWITT  is a Special Advisor of Innovation Initiatives at University of California- San Diego and the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors around the world.  He is also the co-author of the bestselling book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems.

Mr. Horowitt is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He is an advisor, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy. Mr. Horowitt’s many media references include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, New Scientist, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters worldwide.

Mr. Horowitt currently serves as a board member of the CONNECT Foundation, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the UC San Diego Entrepreneurship Challenge.  He is an international mentor for the IBM Global Entrepreneur program, an advisor to the UCSD Rady School of Management and serves on the investment committee for The Rady Venture Fund.  He also serves as an advisor and mentor to the University of California’s Discovery Fellows Program; is a Senior Advisor to the Larta Institute;  Industrial Advisory Board member, Life Sciences-IT Global Institute; and the past Chairman of Project Inform, one of the nation’s leading HIV treatment information and advocacy organizations. Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global Connect, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation cluster worldwide.

8f989f2e3d46a9c86c27c25520c68ea4_wi8v_i6biEDWARD L ABEYTA Ph.D. is Director Pre-collegiate and Career Preparation Programs & Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at UC San Diego (UCSD) Extension. Prior to joining UCSD Extension in 1995, Edward began his service at UCSD as a counselor for the Early Academic Outreach Program serving underrepresented students in San Diego high schools and later assumed the role of Registrar and Director of Academic Services at UC San Diego Extension. Dr. Abeyta has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, a M.A. from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in Post Secondary Adult Education from Capella University. Edward has been recognized from UCSD and the UC Office of the President for his involvement in staff diversity and development initiatives. In 2008 Edward was selected to a two year term as the Staff Advisor to The Regents where he served on the UC Diversity Commission, Post-retirement Task Force, and The Regents UC Commission on the Future.

speaker_JasonBest-460x460JASON BEST as co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the JOBS Act to legalize equity and debt based crowdfunding in the USA. He has provided congressional testimony on crowdfunding and was honored to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012. Jason co-founded the crowdfunding industry trade group that works with the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA as they create the rules for crowdfund investing. Jason also works with angel groups, PE/VC firms as well as governments and NGOs, including The World Bank, to understand the crowdfunding ecosystem and create successful crowdfund investing strategies. He was instrumental in the successful effort to have CCA selected by the US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program as a Key Partner.

Jason has spoken at The White House, South by Southwest, TEDx, the World Bank’s Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and the Angel Capital Association. He is co-author of the Crowdfund Investing for Dummies book (published by Wiley), a contributor to TechCrunch and Venture Beat and has appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg Markets and on CNN. Forbes.com ranked Jason as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding.

Jason co-founded the University of California, Berkeley ‘Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance’ and is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s ‘Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.’ Prior to his work in crowdfund investing, Jason was a successful healthcare technology entrepreneur with 2 companies in San Francisco, California. Most recently, he was on the executive leadership team of Kinnser Software that was ranked by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, for two consecutive years. He earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s top ranked international MBA program.

Woodie Neiss

SHERWOOD NEISS a principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, has a strong track record of building and leading successful companies as a chief financial officer. FLAVORx, Inc., a company Mr. Neiss co-founded, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the Inc. 500 award three years in a row. Mr. Neiss is currently in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, the governments of Malaysia, Israel, Chile, Mexico, the UAE and Croatia, professional investors, crowdfunding professionals and the entrepreneurial community. He currently serves as the co-founder for the Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance program through the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a serial entrepreneur and investor during the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Neiss saw a need for a change in outdated securities laws. Mr. Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the JOBS Act to legalize the “equity-based” and “lending-based” crowdfunding. He and his co-authors worked closely with the White House, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass crowdfunding legislation. He was honored to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2012. He has testified three times before the U.S. Congress (both House and Senate) and presented at the SEC and FINRA. 

CCA has worked in over 35 countries on six continents with investors, entrepreneurs, multi-lateral organizations and governments regarding infrastructure, regulatory and capacity building projects to reduce early-stage finance challenges and effectively utilize crowdfunding to create successful ventures, innovation and jobs. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World” and is also the co-author of “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies” published by Wiley & Son’s and contributed a chapter for “Crowdfunding – A Guide to Raising Capital on the Internet” published by Bloomberg. 

Mr. Neiss serves on the advisory boards of several crowdfunding companies. He is a co-founder and former-board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association. He is also a co-founder of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. In 2012, Mr. Neiss was selected as a recipient of the Crowdfunding Visionary Award and received special recognition at the 2012 Fortune Magazine Leadership Conference. In a January 2014 article, VentureBeat listed Mr. Neiss as one of the most influential thought leader in crowdfunding.

An avid public speaker, Mr. Neiss speaks at universities and seminars around the world discussing crowdfund investing, entrepreneurship and how to build successful companies.  Some of Mr. Neiss’s speaking engagements have included: South by Southwest, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, the World Bank InfoDev Funder’s Meeting in Kenya, MIT Entrepreneur Summit in Istanbul, Amplify Festival in Sydney, Harvard Business School, the U.S. Treasury, the United Nations Global Compact Leader’s Summit, the Angel Capital Association, and the World Economic Forum.

In June 2013, Entrepreneur Magazine featured CCA in its Innovator’s Series. Mr. Neiss has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC Asia. He has also been interviewed by Fast Company, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Politico, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal. He is a contributor to TechCrunch and VentureBeat. He holds an MBA in International Finance.

Corinne 4CORINNE CAMPBELL has built a national reputation in the export of Primary Products working initially for such icons as Dalgety Farmers and Elders in their trading departments and also works on projects with Universities and Government organizations around the World. With over 25 years experience as a global exporter, Corinne’s global and Australian focused educational manuals are widely utilized to help importers and exporters mitigate their risks by providing businesses with information, knowledge and education. She has developed a detailed and comprehensive understanding of international business documentation such as letters of credit; the legislation and international agreements which enforce them; and their generally accepted usage.

In 2011, Corinne  won the Education and Training provider award by the Australian Import Export Industry recognizing supplier excellence.

 As the Principal of Xdoc, Corinne has first hand experience of starting and running businesses.  She maintains a strong involvement with businesses, in particular those start-up companies that are seeking an efficient and cost effective way to continue their expansion through export and/or import.

As part of the commitment to International Trade, Corinne designed a comprehensive introductory course in Import / Export.  Over 80 courses a year are now running through business Colleges, Community colleges, Business Enterprise Centres, Government and Private organisations. Over 1000 people attend her classes and short workshops every year.

Corinne is also the author of the Comprehensive Import Export manual, the guide to importing and exporting, the guide to importing and exporting to Australia and co-author of various Incoterms 2010 guides.  

GREG SCOTT HOROWITT  is a Special Advisor of Innovation Initiatives at University of California- San Diego and the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors around the world.  He is also the co-author of the bestselling book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems.

Mr. Horowitt is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He is an advisor, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy. Mr. Horowitt’s many media references include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, New Scientist, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters worldwide.

Mr. Horowitt currently serves as a board member of the CONNECT Foundation, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the UC San Diego Entrepreneurship Challenge.  He is an international mentor for the IBM Global Entrepreneur program, an advisor to the UCSD Rady School of Management and serves on the investment committee for The Rady Venture Fund.  He also serves as an advisor and mentor to the University of California’s Discovery Fellows Program; is a Senior Advisor to the Larta Institute;  Industrial Advisory Board member, Life Sciences-IT Global Institute; and the past Chairman of Project Inform, one of the nation’s leading HIV treatment information and advocacy organizations. Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global Connect, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation cluster worldwide.

8f989f2e3d46a9c86c27c25520c68ea4_wi8v_i6biEDWARD L ABEYTA Ph.D. is Director Pre-collegiate and Career Preparation Programs & Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at UC San Diego (UCSD) Extension. Prior to joining UCSD Extension in 1995, Edward began his service at UCSD as a counselor for the Early Academic Outreach Program serving underrepresented students in San Diego high schools and later assumed the role of Registrar and Director of Academic Services at UC San Diego Extension. Dr. Abeyta has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, a M.A. from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in Post Secondary Adult Education from Capella University. Edward has been recognized from UCSD and the UC Office of the President for his involvement in staff diversity and development initiatives. In 2008 Edward was selected to a two year term as the Staff Advisor to The Regents where he served on the UC Diversity Commission, Post-retirement Task Force, and The Regents UC Commission on the Future.

speaker_JasonBest-460x460JASON BEST as co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the JOBS Act to legalize equity and debt based crowdfunding in the USA. He has provided congressional testimony on crowdfunding and was honored to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012. Jason co-founded the crowdfunding industry trade group that works with the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA as they create the rules for crowdfund investing. Jason also works with angel groups, PE/VC firms as well as governments and NGOs, including The World Bank, to understand the crowdfunding ecosystem and create successful crowdfund investing strategies. He was instrumental in the successful effort to have CCA selected by the US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program as a Key Partner.

Jason has spoken at The White House, South by Southwest, TEDx, the World Bank’s Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and the Angel Capital Association. He is co-author of the Crowdfund Investing for Dummies book (published by Wiley), a contributor to TechCrunch and Venture Beat and has appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg Markets and on CNN. Forbes.com ranked Jason as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding.

Jason co-founded the University of California, Berkeley ‘Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance’ and is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s ‘Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.’ Prior to his work in crowdfund investing, Jason was a successful healthcare technology entrepreneur with 2 companies in San Francisco, California. Most recently, he was on the executive leadership team of Kinnser Software that was ranked by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, for two consecutive years. He earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s top ranked international MBA program.

Woodie Neiss

SHERWOOD NEISS a principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, has a strong track record of building and leading successful companies as a chief financial officer. FLAVORx, Inc., a company Mr. Neiss co-founded, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the Inc. 500 award three years in a row. Mr. Neiss is currently in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, the governments of Malaysia, Israel, Chile, Mexico, the UAE and Croatia, professional investors, crowdfunding professionals and the entrepreneurial community. He currently serves as the co-founder for the Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance program through the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a serial entrepreneur and investor during the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Neiss saw a need for a change in outdated securities laws. Mr. Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the JOBS Act to legalize the “equity-based” and “lending-based” crowdfunding. He and his co-authors worked closely with the White House, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass crowdfunding legislation. He was honored to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2012. He has testified three times before the U.S. Congress (both House and Senate) and presented at the SEC and FINRA. 

CCA has worked in over 35 countries on six continents with investors, entrepreneurs, multi-lateral organizations and governments regarding infrastructure, regulatory and capacity building projects to reduce early-stage finance challenges and effectively utilize crowdfunding to create successful ventures, innovation and jobs. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World” and is also the co-author of “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies” published by Wiley & Son’s and contributed a chapter for “Crowdfunding – A Guide to Raising Capital on the Internet” published by Bloomberg. 

Mr. Neiss serves on the advisory boards of several crowdfunding companies. He is a co-founder and former-board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association. He is also a co-founder of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. In 2012, Mr. Neiss was selected as a recipient of the Crowdfunding Visionary Award and received special recognition at the 2012 Fortune Magazine Leadership Conference. In a January 2014 article, VentureBeat listed Mr. Neiss as one of the most influential thought leader in crowdfunding.

An avid public speaker, Mr. Neiss speaks at universities and seminars around the world discussing crowdfund investing, entrepreneurship and how to build successful companies.  Some of Mr. Neiss’s speaking engagements have included: South by Southwest, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, the World Bank InfoDev Funder’s Meeting in Kenya, MIT Entrepreneur Summit in Istanbul, Amplify Festival in Sydney, Harvard Business School, the U.S. Treasury, the United Nations Global Compact Leader’s Summit, the Angel Capital Association, and the World Economic Forum.

In June 2013, Entrepreneur Magazine featured CCA in its Innovator’s Series. Mr. Neiss has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC Asia. He has also been interviewed by Fast Company, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Politico, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal. He is a contributor to TechCrunch and VentureBeat. He holds an MBA in International Finance.

Corinne 4CORINNE CAMPBELL has built a national reputation in the export of Primary Products working initially for such icons as Dalgety Farmers and Elders in their trading departments and also works on projects with Universities and Government organizations around the World. With over 25 years experience as a global exporter, Corinne’s global and Australian focused educational manuals are widely utilized to help importers and exporters mitigate their risks by providing businesses with information, knowledge and education. She has developed a detailed and comprehensive understanding of international business documentation such as letters of credit; the legislation and international agreements which enforce them; and their generally accepted usage.

In 2011, Corinne  won the Education and Training provider award by the Australian Import Export Industry recognizing supplier excellence.

 As the Principal of Xdoc, Corinne has first hand experience of starting and running businesses.  She maintains a strong involvement with businesses, in particular those start-up companies that are seeking an efficient and cost effective way to continue their expansion through export and/or import.

As part of the commitment to International Trade, Corinne designed a comprehensive introductory course in Import / Export.  Over 80 courses a year are now running through business Colleges, Community colleges, Business Enterprise Centres, Government and Private organisations. Over 1000 people attend her classes and short workshops every year.

Corinne is also the author of the Comprehensive Import Export manual, the guide to importing and exporting, the guide to importing and exporting to Australia and co-author of various Incoterms 2010 guides.