Executive Director–AlphaLab Gear
Ilana works with the AlphaLab Gear companies on a daily basis. Her background in new product development, manufacturing, supply-chain management, and retail distribution will be indispensible to your hardware company.
Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Ilana served as President and CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory manufacturer, which she led to a successful exit. Ilana is an active angel investor and advisor in Pittsburgh’s startup community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Tie Pittsburgh. Previously, Ilana sat on the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Program Manager–AlphaLab Gear
Cole manages the operations and programming at AlphaLab Gear, as well as providing weekly office hours and mentorship to AlphaLab Gear teams.
Cole is the founder of the B2C retail startup Petagogy, where he led consumer marketing efforts, managed distribution channels, and handled all financial modeling, projections and accounting functions. Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Cole was the Business Developer Manager for Innovation Works, where he raised funding from companies, foundations and other sources.
Cole has an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland.
Hardware Cup Coordinator
Leah manages the operations and logistics for the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup. She also assists in the PR and operations of the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge through the Forbes Funds. Prior to joining the Hardware Cup, Leah was the Marketing Coordinator for COINED Spanish School in Santiago, Chile, and a Marketing and Management Associate at Georgetown Events in Washington, DC.
Managing Director Startbot VC
Josh McElhattan founded Startbot in 2012 to invest in and serve robotics startups. He directed technology investment for Industrial Scientific starting in 2006, where he led research and acquisition efforts in areas such as predictive analytics, advanced sensors, imaging systems, and robotics.
Previously, Josh was user experience lead at JPMorganChase’s active trading platform, BrownCo (presently Power E*TRADE). He also led a consulting team for America Online’s AIM product management group and served on business development consulting teams for Arnold Worldwide and Allied Domecq (presently Dunkin’ Brands).
Josh has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Babson College.
Hardware Cup Assistant
Kayce coordinates the operations and logistics for the 2018 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup. Prior to joining Alphalab Gear, Kayce worked with some of the nation’s largest events, including Sundance Film Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Jacobs Pillow Dance, and the Pittsburgh G20.