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3 Day Startup Mentors

Our 2018 3 Day Startup mentors provided guidance to each team in shaping their entrepreneurial ideas. Each year our mentor group is comprised of seasoned professors and practitioners from the Brandeis University community.

William Ellet

Bill ElletBill Ellet teaches Management Communication, a required MBA course at Brandeis International Business School (IBS), and the Critical Thinking, Writing, and Presenting courses in the University of Miami Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists (students in the program are primarily active or retired National Football League players). Previously, he taught in a similar Executive MBA Program at George Washington University. He facilitates Harvard Business Publishing Case Method training seminars in the U.S. and Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. He presents in the Harvard Business School MBA and Executive Education programs and, for over 20 years, he has served as an instructor, writing consultant and coach for the MBA program. He teaches workshops on the case method for LASPAU, a nonprofit offering programs to enhance university teaching in Central and South America, and as a solo consultant, gives workshops on the case method and case writing. He is an active author and editor. Publications include an online course (Management Communication), a book (The Case Study Handbook), cases, and a video, all published by Harvard Business School or Harvard Business Publishing.

Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres is an expert in strategic partnerships. He is a professor at the International Business School, where he directs the MBA program and the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship and teaches courses on M&A, strategy, and innovation. Prior to that, he was a professor at Harvard Business School and an economist at the World Bank. He has been studying, teaching, and consulting on business partnerships for thirty years. Ben wrote articles, cases, and three books on the topic, including Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations (HBR Press, 2015). He is often quoted in the press and speaks at industry conferences. Ben serves as an advisor to Inspira Farms, a social enterprise startup, and to Powerlinx, a platform for global business partnerships. To learn more about his ideas and tools for managing partnership deals, visit

Aldo Musacchio

Professor Aldo MusacchioAldo Musacchio holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is an associate professor of strategy at Brandeis International Business School. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Before joining Brandeis, Professor Musacchio was a faculty member of Harvard Business School for ten years, where he taught courses on economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Originally from Mexico City, Musacchio has also lived in Brazil and Colombia. He has published two books on corporate governance and a variety of papers in top business journals. Professor Musacchio has taught macroeconomics, strategy in emerging markets, and entrepreneurship courses in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Iceland, and Colombia.  Professor Musacchio is an adviser of Learn Launch, an EdTech entrepreneurship ecosystem based in Boston, and SocialAtom, an Angel Investment Fund based in the USA and Colombia. He is also an investor in startups in Mexico, Colombia and the USA and holds board seats in a variety of non-profit companies in the Boston Area. Professor Musacchio will lead the Idea Creation & Business Plan Development workshop on the first night of 3DS. 

Pito Salas

Pito Salas

Pito Salas teaches Software Engineering, Architecture and Entrepreneurship in the Brandeis Computer Science Department. Previously he was the co-founder of an Internet startup, eRoom Technology. He is also involved with Open Source Software Development and providing consulting to technology firms in the Boston area. 

Mitch Tyson

Mitch-TysonMitch Tyson is an adjunct professor at Brandeis International Business School and an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur. He serves on a number of corporate, nonprofit and governmental advisory boards, including Photronics, Big Belly, Clean Energy Venture Group, Northeast Clean Energy Council and Mass Technology Collaborative, among others. He lectures on clean energy, sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, and the triple bottom line and mentors early stage companies and entrepreneurs.  He is former CEO of tech and cleantech companies.