HatchBridge Team

Meet the Program Staff, Entrepreneurs In Residence and Student Fellows


Graham Gintz

Program Manager

A startup enthusiast at his core, Graham has been a founder or founding member of nearly a dozen startups in a number of different categories including defense materials, AI, blockchain, medical devices, and more. His exposure to the ecosystem has also included stints working for angel groups and venture capital firms, helping startups get to the next level.

A proud alum of Kennesaw State University and Georgia Tech.

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Colin Ake

Director of Incubation and Commercialization

Colin Ake leads HatchBridge Incubator and commercialization programs for Kennesaw State University. Colin has spent his career working with deep tech university spinouts and early stage startup companies. His startup experience includes business model development, customer development, growth strategy, government relations, and a focus on early-stage and deep technology ventures.

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Wesley Samples

Entrepreneur in Residence

As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Wesley supports companies as they raise their initial funding rounds and organize their early-stage operations. He is the former COO and Co-Founder of Sora Schools, a startup designed to revolutionize online education for middle and high school students. Wesley led Sora’s operations from its inception and continued beyond its Series A. Wesley has also worked and invested across a number of sectors, including life sciences, logistics, the future of work, and climate technology.

As a proud Georgia Tech alum, Wesley is dedicated to enhancing the Georgia startup ecosystem and strengthening its capital networks.

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Student Fellows