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Herwig Konings

Founding Partner
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Practically conceived in startup culture, Herwig has been working for startups since he first worked for Venture Capital backed Clickable Inc., at the age of 14 in NYC. Since then, he has been involved in either consulting for or operating his own companies, including Y-Combinator backed startup Glider.io. Since joining The Launch Pad (career center for entrepreneurs at the University of Miami) Herwig has been teaching lean startup methodology to hundreds of student & alumni entrepreneurs. For his efforts, Herwig won the Miami Technology Leader of the Year award in 2015 and was featured as one of Forbes’ 15 Brightest College Entrepreneurs. After graduating with a BBA in Management & Entrepreneurship, Herwig launched InvestReady, turning the company into the industry leader for investor verification featuring clients such as Mercedes-Benz, LendingHome and top 100 ICOs and exchanges/ protocols. Herwig is also a board member and the former managing director of the Miami Venture Capital Association, where he helped new fund managers and existing institutional investors with deal flow, resources, contacts, and best practices for launching and managing VC funds.

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Kyle Sonlin

Chief Executive Officer
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Kyle Sonlin is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Through working with startups as a consultant and investor, he has a keen eye for business development and specializes in management and fundraising through personal accounts and his network. With a finance and economics background, he provides technical experience to further evaluate business proposals, and has made successful investments in companies, as well as the stock and crypto-asset markets. Kyle currently works primarily in the blockchain industry. He has a breadth of knowledge and understanding in the space, spending time as an investor, miner, advisor, and executive in many businesses in the space. 

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Peter Martinez

Chief Technology Officer
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A serial entrepreneur and noted technologist, Peter has successfully launched several tech startups which have engaged millions of users and have been featured on news outlets including BBC News, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Miami Herald, TechCrunch, and Mashable, among others. Peter earned an Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering and has focused the better part of the last decade developing, scaling and consulting on fintech, blockchain, social media, mobile and application development. Believing that being hands on and understanding all aspects of starting of a business is important to success, Peter has studied and put to practice the latest in programing, scaling, and financial molding approaches.