Venture Camp Team
Our team of successful, seasoned, and high profile individuals has been pulled together to provide contestants, viewers, and investors with the highest level of knowledge, experience, and networking.

Chad Folkening
Founder and Chairman
Founder – Global Ventures
Founder – ecorp
Co-Founder – Domain Holdings
Co-Founder – Referrals.comLife-long entrepreneur and founder of and Global Ventures, LLC, a technology-based venture development, advisory and investment group established in 1996. With 15,000 premium internet domains, 3 commercial historic buildings and a 26,000 square foot HGTV featured Extreme Home, he is currently building the world’s largest VIrtual Incubator
Giadha DeCarcer
Founder – GNI International

An entrepreneur currently focused in technology and high growth emerging markets with over a decade of experience supporting new ventures and promoting females and veterans within the entrepreneurial arena. Ms. DeCarcer is the founder and CEO of GNI International, LLC, as well as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations, Grassroots Innovations Network (GrIN) and the Women Entrepreneurship Reinforcement (WeR).

Stefan Doering
Stefan Doering
Senior Coach and Facilitator
Entrepreneur Training Architect

Stefan Doering is an entrepreneur who has pioneered environmental business and sustainability for 24 years. During the course of his career, he has accumulated thousands of hours of coaching and training over 3,000 entrepreneurs worldwide. Stefan is a Kauffman Foundation certified facilitator for New Ventures, Growth Ventures, Green Ventures and Tech Ventures. He has created and/or implemented entrepreneurial strategies and trainings for Columbia University, Kauffman Foundation, General Motors, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Minnesota College of Art and Design among others.

Steven Hart
Steven Hart
Lead Facilitator and Curriculum Designer

Steven Hart specializes in curriculum and delivery design, leadership training, intercultural training, education and communications in the world marketplace since 1986. He has utilized his unique skill set in working with clients such as American Express, HP, Merck, Duke Energy, DuPont Brazil, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Homeland Security. His cohesive suite of innovative techniques and programs include: The Leader’s Voice, The Fluent Listener, Writing for Business, The Meetings of Project Management and Managing Organizational Culture.

Albert Angel
Venture Camp Lead Advisor

An entrepreneur and a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who has had a string of successes with interactive service companies. He has an extensive background in the telecommunications and online payment fields and throughout the years has remained active in helping to shape interactive services policy on a pro bono basis, typically in trade association leadership positions.

Jacob Davis
Operations Director
Co-Founder –

Jacob Davis is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for developing unique and in demand web-based companies. He has managed to replicate success in many endeavors and continues to push the boundaries to achieve more. He has founded various companies in Costa Rica, Indiana and Florida and is always looking for new ventures to participate in.

Guiseppe Graziano
International Director

Giuseppe is a business development consultant focused on negotiations and personal productivity. He has lived and worked in 7 different countries across Asia, Europe and America – he speaks 5 languages fluently and traveled in more than 30 countries. Giuseppe holds a Master Degree in International Management and Finance from the Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Joel Umbaugh
Joel Umbaugh
Producing Director

An accomplished short and feature length film director and currently has several projects in development. Joel refuses to be confined to just one form of storytelling. From music videos to webtastic viral, Joel brings a unique perspective to every project he touches.

Jake Bradley
Jake Bradley
Operations Manager/New Media Manager

Jake is an accomplished promoter, motivated self-starter and short film director. As a round-the-clock surfer of the Internet waves, he can leverage anything from interactive and strategic public relations to wearing oversized glasses in his favor.