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ATDC's team is dedicated to helping technology entrepreneurs succeed. Meet the team who make things happen at ATDC.

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs)

Tom Bates
Tom Bates, Entrepreneur in Residence
Tom Bates has 20 years of experience launching and running digital media companies. He founded Kudzu.com, a website that helps homeowners choose highly rated contractors, and was a co-founder of the New Century Network, one of the internet’s first ad networks. Tom also led the daily operation of Cox’s 60 local websites and ran USA TODAY's International Edition.
Dan Ciprari
Dan Ciprari, Entrepreneur in Residence
Dan Ciprari is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and/or exited companies in the information technology, nanotechnology, medical device and clean technology industries. Most recently, Dan served as CEO of an LED lighting manufacturer and energy management software provider. He has traveled extensively and enjoys his international relationships throughout the Middle East and China.
Blake Patton
Blake Patton, Entrepreneur in Residence
Blake brings 20 years of leadership in startup, venture-backed, and publicly traded internet, software, payments, and financial services technology companies. Blake also founded, and later sold, one of the first application service provider (ASP) companies in the online content management space.

Community Catalysts

Jenny Bass
Jenny Bass, Community Catalyst
Jenny counsels ATDC Select Companies and Community members with a manufacturing focus. She is a seasoned entrepreneur in the industrial & manufacturing space with experience in the chemicals industry and private equity. She received an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the CEO and President of Essve Tech, Inc.
Jennifer Bonnett
Jennifer Bonnett, Community Catalyst
Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in information technology/software development, specializing in web and mobile technologies. She is also the Chief Chick at StartupChicks.
Connie Casteel
Connie Casteel, SBIR Catalyst
Connie, having launched Georgia’s SBIR Assistance Program in 2005, is well versed in the federal SBIR/STTR programs. She is available for SBIR/STTR strategic guidance, coaching, and proposal preparation assistance. As an interface with Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), she also helps connect ATDC startup companies with manufacturers and manufacturing resources. Connie has a background in proposal formulation, program management, market research, competitive intelligence, innovation management, training, and technology evaluation.
Joy Hymel
Joy Hymel, Campus Outreach Catalyst
Joy has more than 25 years of business development experience, focusing on open innovation, sales & marketing and strategic partnerships. Career highlights include working for IBM, Apple, Allied Chemical, & KPMG. Joy connects startups to Georgia Tech facilities & resources including student talent. She also serves as an entrepreneur evangelist connecting students with startup education and networking opportunities to encourage students to consider starting or joining a startup. Joy is an instructor for GT 1000, a required freshman course which offers her the chance to gauge the pulse of entrepreneurism with each entering class.

Shane Matthews, Community Catalyst

Shane is an inventor/entrepreneur with multiple successes licensing and launching products as well as innovating solutions to manufacture new technologies.

Betsy Plattenburg
Betsy Plattenburg, Community Catalyst
Betsy has more than 25 years of management consulting experience, specializing in startup ventures, strategic alliances, connecting C-level executives and matching capital with opportunities. She leads the Industry and Investor Connect programs. Betsy also serves in the business strategy group at Georgia Tech Research Institute, where she focuses on open innovation and growing commercialization opportunities for dual-use technologies.

Angel in Residence

Charlie Paparelli
Charlie Paparelli, Angel in Residence
Charlie Paparelli brings over 20 years of angel investor and entrepreneur coaching experience. He is a professional angel investor focused exclusively on the Atlanta technology community. He began his career in a successful startup and, at exit, enhanced his experience with 10 years in general management and COO roles, finally focusing on angel investing full time.


KP Reddy
KP Reddy, Interim General Manager
KP Reddy is an author, entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader with over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry.
Ivy Hughley
Ivy Hughley, Client Support Manager
Ivy has over 10 years of experience and works closely with the startup catalysts to deliver outstanding programs and services to ATDC members.
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