Robert Manasier

Entrepreneurship/small business expert provides mentorship, support and coaching to regional portfolio of startup businesses

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Robert Manasier

Entrepreneur in Residence/New Ventures Manager
University at Albany
Department: Division for Research

Entrepreneurship; mentoring and coaching; small business development; startup businesses

Campus phone: (845) 494-3993
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Robert Manasier is an expert on entrepreneurship, investing and brand-building, with experience in over 128 startups across industry and across the globe, as the CEO of In Focus Brands (a branded go-to-market acceleration firm). He currently serves as the University at Albany's Entrepreneur in Residence/New Ventures Manager.

Other notable leadership positions for Manasier include: COO of Autonomy Distributors (current Board Member), President of IFP Films, Managing Director of The EDA Fund, Managing Partner of Diamond Point Advisory Group and Executive Director of the Diamond Point Co-Development Fund.

As a frequent speaker, consultant and player in the growing economic need for a stronger public-private synergy for startups and the economy in general to start and sustain commercialization, Manasier is active as a leader, judge, mentor and strategic/tactical partner in numerous nonprofits, incubators, accelerators, university entrepreneur programs, internship programs and business plan competitions.

Some of these mission-driven leadership experiences include: Creator of the Economic Development Accelerations Labs (EDA Labs); Lead Mentor at IgniteU; SUNY Blackstone LaunchPad Member; Saratoga Springs Sports Tourism Chair; Tech Valley Center of Gravity Founding Partner; Parkhurst Field Foundation’s Community Development Founding Board Member; NYS Business Plan Judge; StartUp Weekend International Organizer and Facilitator; In Focus Brands’ International Accelerator Creator; Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission Member, ReStart Workshop Lead; Executive at Skidmore’s MB107 Event and Judge at CEG’s Venture B Plan.