This spring, Rev welcomed Ed Bizari, Amy Cheney, Aaron Proujansky, and Beth Xie as the newest Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) to support the region’s growing startup community. In these roles, the EIRs will provide mentorship to local entrepreneurs and offer support across programs, including Rev’s Hardware Accelerator.
With over 30 years of business and technology experience, Bizari is an experienced advisor and educator who is highly connected in the Upstate New York entrepreneurial ecosystem. Having worked with early-stage startups, funded startups, and Fortune 500 companies, Bizari draws upon a wealth of experience to guide new founders. Over the course of his career, he has developed specialties in scalable growth and product commercialization.
Bizari has been a long-time mentor for the Grow-NY Food & Agriculture Competition and the 76West Clean Energy Competition, where he has supported countless startup finalists. Additionally, since 2013, Bizari has served as an EIR at Launch NY, a venture development firm located in Buffalo, New York, where he advises early-stage startups.
He is also an NSF I-Corps Regional Course instructor with the Upstate New York I-Corps Node and is involved with entrepreneurship activities at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Cornell University, and Ithaca College.
Bizari obtained both his B.S.E.E. and M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Cheney joins Rev as a business development leader with over 20 years of experience in launching new technology solutions across industries. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Dataminr, she helps accelerate growth at one of the leading companies in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. During her career, Cheney served as the Global Head of Sales and Business Development at Bloomberg Vault, an SaaS compliance data solution that she co-launched and grew into a profitable business. She was also integral to the startup team at Bloomberg Law.
As a certified executive coach and a guest speaker at Cornell Tech, Cheney is experienced in educating and advising entrepreneurs on sales. During her short time as an EIR for Rev and Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement, Cheney has been deeply involved in the Sales for Startups program, assisting entrepreneurs with putting theory into practice.
She earned a B.A. in Economics and English at Bucknell University and obtained an M.B.A. from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in 2014.
Proujansky is a practiced investor and mentor based in Ithaca, New York. He is deeply invested in sustainable economic development in New York State, and serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs in both the Grow-NY Food & Agriculture Competition and the 76West Clean Energy Competition. He also serves on the accountability board for For ClimateTech, a NYSERDA-funded program to support hardware-focused cleantech startups as they grow their businesses.
Proujansky currently works for GreenGage LLC as an angel investor. He obtained his B.S. from Princeton University.
Having successfully launched her own startup, and trained and mentored many other founders during her career, Xie is joining Rev as an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and entrepreneurial instructor. Taggpic, the computer vision startup that she co-founded and operated while at Cornell University, was successfully acquired by Google in 2014.
Xie is also very involved in the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, serving as a mentor and regional course instructor for both the New York City Innovation Node and the Upstate New York I-Corps Node. Additionally, she also serves as a mentor for the L2M Accelerator Network at Columbia Technology Ventures; and investor and mentor for Techstars; an Entrepreneur in Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and sits on the Board of Advisors for Red Bear Angels, a venture capital firm at Cornell University.
Xie obtained her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Arizona, and earned her M.B.A. at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in 2010.