Mel Baiada

Baiada is managing partner at BaseCamp Ventures an early stage venture fund; president of Basecamp Business; and a partner of Grapevine Development a smart-growth NJ based real estate development firm. Operating and investing in successful product and service-based companies has given him a broad and seasoned perspective of business.

From the start-up of Bluestone in 1989, through its IPO in 1999, and the eventual sale to Hewlett Packard in 2001 for over $350M, Mel has demonstrated an ability to recognize business opportunities, attract capital and talented employees, and profitability exit an information technology company investment.

Mel has made a number of contributions to the Greater Delaware Valley area to promote technological growth in the community. As an alumnus of Drexel University, Mel has made a generous donation to Drexel University for the establishment of The Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology. He is the recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group “Year 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. In addition, Mel was recognized in 2001 by the New Jersey Technology Council with its “High Tech Hero Award” and an Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

Mel serves on the boards of Drexel University, New Jersey Technology Council (former board chair), Bayada Home Health Care and several boards of Basecamp Ventures portfolio companies. Former Boards that Mel has served on have included Moorestown Friends School, Innovation Philadelphia and South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University.

Maxine Ballen

Maxine Ballen served as President and CEO of the New Jersey Technology Council, an organization she founded in 1996. The NJTC is the state’s premier organization for technology companies offering their membership of over 1,000 companies access to the resources, financing, information and an organized technology community.  Prior to founding the NJTC, Ms. Ballen was one of the early pioneers in Pennsylvania who first recognized the need for special programs for the technology community and then initiated them. She founded both the Business Development & Training Center (BDTC) and the Pennsylvania Innovation Network (PIN) –two ongoing successful programs even today. She is also credited with founding the NJTC Venture Fund and Jumpstart NJ Angel Network.

Ms. Ballen has received numerous honors and awards for her work in developing cutting edge programs and unique services for technology companies over the past 17 years.   Most recently she was the recipient of Early Stage East’s Robert A. Spar Memorial Founders’ Award (12/09). She was named to “Top 10 Women to Watch” (9/06) by the Star Ledger, “Movers & Shakers” by NJBIZ (7/06) and honored by the Borough of Haddonfield during Women’s History Month 2006.  Other awards include Executive Women of NJ’s “Salute to the Policy Makers” in 2004; Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Fifth Annual Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecturer in 2003 and re-honored at the Rothman Institute’s Ten Year Anniversary celebration in 2010  ; and Women’s Fund of New Jersey’s Women Advancing Technology award in 2002.  She was also named to “Superstars of the Past 15 Years” and to “Women of Influence” in 2002, both in NJBIZ; and received Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2001 Women of Distinction award.

Ms. Ballen serves on several boards and is a frequent speaker on both regional and national technology issues.

Mark E. Kolb

Mark is an entrepreneur focused on the health care industry. He currently serves as CEO of BK Health and as the Chairman of Dorsata. He founded the life sciences consulting firm Taratec Development Corporation and led its significant growth before selling the company to Patni Computer Systems, one of India’s largest IT firms. Serving then as a senior vice president at Patni, he led their global life science business. Mark later joined Dynamic Clinical Systems as Board Chair, transitioned to CEO and then repositioned the company for a sale to Press Ganey.

Mark’s strengths are in general management, strategic planning, finance and operations. His career has included building strategic consulting services and software companies in both the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare IT space. He has raised venture capital at a number of these companies.

He has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including Taratec, Dynamic Clinical Systems, Moda Technology Partners, the Somerset Medical Center and the NJ Technology Council. He currently chairs the boards of Dorsata and BK Health and serves on the Montclair State University College of Science and Mathematics Advisory Board.

Mark’s personal and company awards include the E&Y NJ Entrepreneur of the Year and NJTC Growth Company of the Year. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and attended the OPM program at Harvard Business School. He is a named author on two issued Patents for a medical device and an avid runner who has completed 5 marathons.