Nasir Ali is a resident of Syracuse, NY and the founder and Executive Director of the Seed Capital Fund of CNY, a private LLC whose members are actively engaged in funding and supporting early stage tech companies. He is a Managing Director of the StartFast Venture Accelerator, a key UVC initiative. Ali also serves on the boards of the Upstate Venture Association of New York, OutMatch (formerly Chequed) and Paper Battery Company.
Prior to founding UVC, Ali was president of The Tech Garden, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of creating an entrepreneurial culture in Syracuse and the Central New York region. In addition to managing the Syracuse Technology Garden incubator, Ali managed a statewide network of experienced mentors. In 2008, Ali co-taught a course in technology entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, which has since grown into a year-long community-campus collaborative effort known as the Syracuse Student Startup Accelerator.
Natasia Malaihollo is the CEO and Co-Founder at Wyzerr, a startup technology company that builds playful, gammified customer feedback surveys utilizing artificial intelligence. Wyzerr is Ms. Malaihollo’s second start-up. In 2012, she co-founded Sooligan, a mobile app to digitalize word-of-mouth. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ms. Malaihollo studied law, with a focus on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology. She worked for several years as an IP specialist and trademark agent, prosecuting patent applications for companies like IBM and Samsung. Ms. Malaihollo studied Computer Science and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley.