Mary Knebel

Mary is responsible for securing partnerships with leading universities, research institutions, corporations and government agencies to commercialize intellectual property, as well as for providing strategic business advisory services to portfolio companies. Prior to co-founding LaunchFuel, she was a senior engagement manager at Proxicom, an e-business consulting and development company that delivers Internet-based solutions and applications for Global 1000 companies. Her responsibilities at Proxicom included supervising the technical and creative staff to ensure high quality deliverables for strategic accounts. From 1995 - 1998, she worked for PSINet, the first commercial Internet service provider. She acted in several capacities, including product management and business development, as well as leading the marketing efforts for the ISP wholesale division. Mary began her marketing career with the Washington Redskins, where she was a public relations assistant. She is the founder and Chairperson of Raise the Bar, a non-profit initiative that strives to deepen business relationships for women in technology. She also serves as a board member of the George Mason University Century Club, a non-profit organization that fosters program-related partnerships between the university and the metropolitan area business community. She is a 2001 graduate of Mindshare, a Washington, D.C. area program that selects leaders of promising early stage technology firms to form a networking community while examining topics of interest to technology start-up executives. Mary attended Virginia Tech and George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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