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Celebrate Innovation, Disruption, Evolution and Acceleration at IDEA Showcase ITEXPO

The Startup & ICO Pitch Event

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:15pm

Hear how one of the hottest groups of startups and ICOs are shaking up their industries. IDEA Showcase is focused on bringing exciting companies transforming markets to a select audience looking to catch the next wave of technology innovation.

Companies will have five minutes to present their unique value proposition and the audience and panel of judges will determine who is the most disruptive. IDEA Showcase @ ITEXPO will be an evening full of next generation innovation, powerful networking and high energy!

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2019 Participants

Al Levinstein

Founder, F.B.O_Biz


Supply Chain Cognitive Solution in a Cloud Based Platform Business To Individual (B2I)

A triangle of practical services bundled into a clod-based Software as a Service (SaaS) combined with actual Fulfilment and Training services. Leveraging efficiency, operational sustainability and aligning sales strategies for maximum results

F.B.O_Biz is proud to be the first to provide companies, buying and selling to government markets with a solution based on machine learning capabilities that can predict, and forecast business opportunities based on supply and demand coupled with actual fulfilment services such as warehousing services for distribution, quality inspections and training.

Gene Villeneuve

SVP Tehama


Gene Villeneuve is a seasoned IT leader with more than two decades of experience. He is passionate about helping customers and partners adopt technology for better business outcomes. Gene directs the strategy, operations and market growth of Tehama, the SaaS solution to secure and simplify IT service delivery. Gene also sits on the board for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Cyber Council. Before Tehama, Gene held several executive positions at IBM, most recently as Worldwide Director of Lab Services for Financial Crimes Insight Solutions in the Watson Financial Services Solutions division. He has also held European and Global executive roles at IBM, Cognos, SAP (Business Objects) and OLAP@Work. Gene is recognized as a visionary thought leader and is a sought-after speaker for both client and industry events.

Gene has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa. When not working, Gene is an athlete dad who rides his bike or runs while waiting for his daughters during multiple dance and singing classes per week.

Tehama: provides secure perimeters for cloud workspaces so that IT service providers can securely deliver services to global customers. With Tehama, service providers can quickly and securely leverage their global workforce and gain instant compliance without the the risks of endpoint devices by protecting against malware, data breaches or loss, and IP theft.

Paul Kandle

President, BOAST Groupware

BOAST Groupware

Paul is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of management experience in a variety of industries.  He has held leadership positions in the US Navy, Cosmetics, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Technology and Service industries.  In his current role as President of BOAST Groupware he is leading an innovative new technology solution, focused on enabling organizations to be more effective in the way they manage business operations.  In a previous role, Paul developed a technology based solution for patients to receive discounts on their medical expenses which is now a must have for every brand in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Leveraging his experience, as well as the experiences of others on his team,  BOAST’s goal is to help companies become more efficient and profitable by transforming the way they approach technology, consolidating daily operations and simplifying the way in which tasks are performed. 

BOAST Groupware
BOAST is an intuitive technology platform built to transform the way we all work by organizing multiple aspects of your business operations into a single, easy to use platform. BOAST Groupware is the BizOps platform that every business has dreamed of - it’s easy-to-use, cost effective and contains 14 fully integrated modules (and growing). You don’t need a bunch of subscriptions to individual point solutions, BOAST does it all. Here’s a subset of the BOAST modules: Learning Management, Expenses, Conferencing & Screen Share, Document Management, Case Management and MORE! BOAST gets your business running smoothly through a single cloud-based platform that allows collaboration across everyone on your team, from any location.

Ainsworth Spence

Co-Founder, COO, FleetFare, LLC

FleetFare, LLC

FleetFare, LLC: FleetFare seamlessly manages your customers end to end service experience with greater access and transparency.

Jasen Fici

Principal StatusCast


StatusCast: StatusCast helps IT departments keep their employees informed when applications or IT infrastructure goes down. We are a communication platform for keeping your employees and users happy when things may be at their worst. Unlike service desk software that requires frustrated end users to report problems, StatusCast lets IT start the conversation -- saving companies time and money.

Ryan Shaw

CEO Blockade Technologies

Blockade Technologies

Abstract: A challenge to our understanding of Blockchain Technology is lack of accurate and complete knowledge of the technology and its impact to numerous industries. Current work in our firm is aimed at solving business organizational needs by implementing different types of Blockchains incorporating Robotics Process Automation, thus separating the intrinsic activities of Blockchain capabilities from myths. This information is invaluable in understanding how Blockchain can solve complex manual issues and processes in the Financial Services industry and beyond, keep organizations compliant with their regulators and go further than the most widely known use case of crypto-currencies, and the ICO marketplace. I will highlight the contributions that Blockade Technologies has strived to make in today's enterprise.

Biography: Ryan Shaw, CEO of Blockade Technologies brings over 18 years of experience from the Financial Services industry as a Financial Advisor and Management Consultant for some of the largest Banks and Brokerage Institutions. On Wall St., Ryan has advised individuals, business owners and Fortune 500 organizations on Investments, Regulatory Change, Technology and Business Process Re-Engineering and Performance Improvement. Ryan has also led large global teams within FINTECH to advance Global Banking Initiatives in technology design, implementation and change management. Through Ryan's direct efforts, organizations have realized 125 KPI user effort hours saved, closure of a $485B audit point, reduced TQM (Total Quality Management) by 50% and have met regulatory requirements ahead of schedule. Ryan also speaks locally and internationally as a thought leader on Blockchain Technology, its beneficial use cases and the benefits that the technoloy will bring globally to organizations and individuals.

As an undergraduate student athlete with honors at NCAA Division-II Kutztown University, Ryan participated in both Swimming and Track & Field achieving multiple conference Championships and is a member of the All Decade Team in the Kutztown University Hall of Fame. Ryan also has furthered his education with the University of Miami Graduate School of Business through their Executive MBA Program. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys being a fitness enthusiast and participating on the Palm Beach Masters Wahoo’s Swim Team as a sprint freestyle swimmer as well as spending quality time with his wife and two young daughters.

Jared Hufferd

VP, Americas Sales  Stellar Cyber

Stellar Cyber

Stellar Starlight is a platform designed to be the SOC Command Center Platform to do pervasive data COLLECTION, breach DETECTION, INVESTIGATION & RESPONSE (CDIR). Stellar’s partners are services providers building Managed Detection & Response and MSSP services for customers who need security & compliance help .

2019 Judges

Akshay Sharma

, Tech Analyst

Tech Analyst

Akshay Sharma is a tech analyst, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms and an entrepreneur in the tech sector, having worked for firms that are now part of leading firms like Intel, IBM, Ericsson, and Gartner.


Andy Abramson

CEO, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.Founded in 1992, Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, since 2000 the company has participated in the 40 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors. Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. He has held a series of marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional sports teams - Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, with roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.Often quoted in the consumer and technology press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (, a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and OTT technology. He is also heard on the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.

Jeff Pulver

Jeff Pulver

Vice Chairman, Alchemist

Natalie Gil

CTO, The Blockchain Challenge

The Blockchain Challenge

Global Innovation and Technology growth-minded strategic leader skilled at leveraging global experience to lead high-impact initiatives within large organizations. As a CTO for The Blockchain Challenge, she leads initiative to strengthen the Blockchain ecosystem worldwide, starting with her engagement with the MIT Media Lab’s DCI and the Interamerican Development Bank to implement strong blockchain use cases for Latin America. Formerly at Microsoft and Goldman Sachs, she led global transformational initiatives, based on both technology and culture, encourage diversity of thought to exploit innovative ideas. Former Head of IT Standards, Director of Service Support, and other roles covering the technology lifecycle at financial institutions. Member of the Leadership of Latinas in Computing, Lifetime Member of the Society of Hispanic Engineers, New York Chapter, Sloan Fellow from MIT, and startup advisor. Degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and several management, industry, and technology certifications.