Judy Albers

Founder, Managing Partner

Judy Albers is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Neworks and a co-founder of Pre-Seed Workshop-New York.

Until recently, Judy was the Chief Operating Officer at Excell Partners where she co-managed a state-supported Seed Fund, screening opportunities, conducting due-diligence, negotiating equity-based investments, and providing oversight for a portfolio of 21 companies.  Along with her partner at Excell, Judy also launched the $eed-NY campaign in 2009 to further increase the level of seed capital available to NYS start-ups www.seedny.org.  Prior to Excell, Judy was a Vice President at Trillium Group, another Rochester-based Venture Capital firm, where she co-managed the University Technology Seed Fund.

Judy is a frequent speaker and panelist at local, regional, and national entrepreneurship conferences, business plan competitions, and venture forums. An academic at heart, she is an ardent analyst and author of studies related to entrepreneurship. Her papers have reached a regional, national, and international audience and can be downloaded at www.excellny.com, www.seedny.org, and www.preseedworkshop.com.

In previous careers, Judy has served as a chemistry professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a defense analyst for U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy and a research chemist at 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Judy holds a B.S. in Chemistry with Distinction from Duke University, a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Brandeis University, and completed her post-doc in Chemistry at Princeton University.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Western New York Venture Association.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill

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