Manchester, NH, May 04, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The abi Innovation Hub (abi Hub) announces the newest addition to its’ Board of Directors, George Kassas. “It is with great excitement that we welcome George into the abi Hub family. George is someone who not only speaks the entrepreneurial language, but has lived it the past 25 years,” says Jamie Coughlin, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneur in Residence. “His experience has surely raised the bar of the quality of entrepreneurial leaders that we now bring to the table for our current and future residents. He epitomizes what the abi Hub is all about, for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.”
New Hampshire Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, Kassas, a Lucent Technologies veteran who founded Cedar Point in September, 2000, and which recently sold to Texas firm Genband, brings forth more than 25 years of experience in business development, international trade, organizational formation and scale and venture financing.
At Cedar Point, Kassas oversaw and directed all sales, partnerships, channels and alliances, and ultimately raised north of $75 Million in venture capital. In this capacity, he also served as a liaison between Cedar Point and all Government entities at the Local, State and Federal levels. Today, Kassas is active in the entrepreneurial community as an adviser and angel investor.
"One of the core strengths of the abi Hub going forward will be our ability to draw on the expertise of successful entrepreneurs," said Pete Lachance, Board Chairman of the abi Hub. "As someone who has been there and done that, George is going to be a real asset to the abi Hub’s mission to further strengthen the makeup of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Manchester and throughout the state. We are thrilled to have him as part of our team.”
"With success comes the increased responsibility of working with tomorrow's leaders to shape the future," said Kassas. "I am convinced that the key to our state’s and nation’s future can be found in the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that we foster today. I'm honored to have been invited to serve on this Board. The abi Hub is the real deal. It has such a rich tradition of leading the way for the creation of wealth and jobs through the startup incubation process. I look forward to working with the abi Hub’s staff and Board to push that spirit to new heights of promise.”
About the abi Innovation Hub (abi):
As an independent not-for-profit, the abi is all about ideas, innovation and impact. Our mission is to nurture high growth startups and create an environment where entrepreneurs have access to the resources, connections, experience, and capital to support the journey of putting ideas into action. Our residents come from diverse backgrounds and age groups and that is what makes our environment so unique. We are literally a hub for all things ‘startup.’ By fostering a clean, open, and vibrant workspace, where a spirit of open-source entrepreneurship is encouraged, you will be in the best position to grow, hire new people and reach your goals!
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