We invite our community to serve as a 'Mentor-on-Call' for the Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition. VSEC teams are encouraged to but not required to seek out mentorship as a part of the competition.

We ask all mentors to provide an unbiased, good faith effort to provide support to student teams who reach out during the competition period (through April 2017). As a mentor, you will have flexibility to decide how and who you want to work with based on who reaches out - this includes meeting in person or virtually depending on availability.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the form below. The information you submitted will be replicated verbatim on this page.


Apply here to be a Mentor on Call



Mentors Contact Information


Name:  Jason Craparo

Position/Title:  CEO

Company:  Contap


Idea Interests:  Collaborative consumption models, IoT ideas, social networks, mobile applications, mobile tech. 


Area of Expertise:  ESales, Marketing, Mobile Apps, Social Ventures, Design Entrepreneurship, Prototyping

Name:  Carl Eppolito

Position/Title:  Vice President

Company:  Lockton Companies




Idea Interests:  B2C, B2B, Software, Technology, Hard Goods 

Villanova Alumnus: Villanova School of Business, MBA '13

Area of Expertise:  Sales, Marketing, Professional Services 

Name:  Linda Hauck 

Position/Title:  Business Librarian

Company:  Villanova University


Idea Interests:  Expert consultations on finding secondary market research, target markets. 

Name:  Frank Homer

Position/Title:  Project Manager

Company:  Whiting-Turner


Idea Interests:  Consumer to Consumer, Manufacturing, Mobile Applications, Financial Services, and Real Estate. 

Villanova Alumnus:  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineer, 2003 

Area of Expertise:  Energy and Environment, Sustainability, Investments, Sales, Marketing, Mobile Apps, Risk Management,  Financial Forecasting, Advertising, Manufacturing, Design Entrepreneurship, Professional Services 

Name:  Erika von Hoyer 

Position/Title:  Marketing Director

Company:  Evolve IP


Idea Interests:  Branding, Reputation, Lead Generation and Social Amplification 



Area of Expertise:  Sales, Marketing, Social Ventures, Advertising, Public Relations, Professional Services 

Name:  Don Labowsky 

Position/Title:  President

Company:  i4 Business Development, LLC 


Idea Interests:  Healthcare, Medical Devices, Manufactured Products, Automotive, Motorsports, Energy, Alt Energy 


Area of Expertise:  Energy and Environment, Sales, Marketing, Financial Forecasting, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Professional Services 

Name:  Phillip Macero

Position/Title:  Sr. Finance Global Strategic Consultant 

Company:  Gerson Lehrman/Guidepoint Global 


Idea Interests:  Senior Finance Operations Professional within the global high-tech companies  


Area of Expertise:   Sales, Marketing, Financial Forecasting, Manufacturing, Life Sciences

Name:  Kevin Shea

Position/Title:  Senior Director Information Technology 

Company:  Johnson & Johnson


Idea Interests:  Digital Health, Mobile Health Solutions, Software as a Medical Device 


Villanova Alumnus: 2003 Computer Engineering; 2009 Executive MBA 

Area of Expertise:   Marketing, Mobile Apps, Website Design, Life Sciences, Retail and Consumer Products, Prototyping

Name:  Alison Hoyle Wallis

Position/Title:  Business Lawyer

Company:  Consultant


Idea Interests:  To provide guidance from both a legal and business perspective. 


Area of Expertise:  Risk Management, Legal, Professional Studies



II Luscri, Executive Director, ICE Institute

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

  • Memorable Care First Place Prize  - $5,000
  • Burke Family Second Place Prize – $3,000
  • Uncommon Individual Foundation Third Place Prize - $2,000 
  • “VUer’s Choice” Prize - $500, Awarded to the team with the best video submission as voted by the Villanova community
  • Halloran Social Venture Prize - $500, Recognizes the top social venture in the VSEC
  • Klingler Unitas Prize - $500, Recognizes the team that makes the greatest strides towards incorporating Villanova’s core value of Unitas through a cross-campus perspective in their mission and/or venture implementation plan

Note: Teams can place in the top 3 and still win categorical prizes for the opportunity to win more prize money.