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The StartupTree team collectively has decades of startup experience and has also worked in university entrepreneurship for many years.

of our team is composed of engineers.


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Our Story

The only platform in our space built for us, by us...

Our founder Peter Cortle has been directly involved in the university entrepreneurship space over the past 10 years and through it all has experienced the exact pain points that has brought you to this page.

Starting out as a student founder and later moving into the roles of Program Manager, followed by Assistant Director then Director, all the while mentoring hundreds of entrepreneurial student and alumni, these perspectives have put the StartupTree team in the unique position to build a solution that is truly for us, by us.

Since our founding, we have continued on a never-ending quest to maintain and expand our deep understanding of your needs by interacting with 200+ institutions from across the globe. We’re blessed to have great relationships with some of the most respected directors of entrepreneurship centers and programs. This has always been a key differentiator and we will continue to have our ears to the ground so we can develop our product in the most useful ways for you.

Being the only team to truly understand the nuances of university entrepreneurship has given StartupTree the edge to become the leading solution for entrepreneurship programs and centers around the world. It’s the difference between hearing about our needs secondhand vs. feeling our own pains.

We’re insiders passionate about helping programs scale and make a long-lasting impact. Not viewing our space as a market opportunity with university eship being just one of their many vertical targets. StartupTree has a singular focus to continue building the best solution for you, addressing our specific needs to support the growth of university entrepreneurship programs. That’s our one and only mission.

We look forward to building long-term relationships with institutions who are as committed as we are to entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Our Advisory Board

John Alexander
CBORD Group | Founder and Chairman

John E. Alexander founded CBORD Group, the leading provider of campus card and integrated security solutions to colleges and universities, and served as its CEO for over 30 years (until its acquisition for $367 million), John built CBORD from a handful of part-time employees to a corporation employing more than 240 people and serving over 4,000 clients worldwide. To help hundreds of universities leverage their investments with seamless integrations and scalable growth. John currently serves on Tompkins Financial Corp.'s board of directors.

William Sussman
Batblue | Chief Revenue Officer

Bill Sussman is a business executive with over 25 years of experience in IT consulting and sales, focusing on Information and Cyber Security. He leads corporate-wide revenue efforts for Bat Blue Networks and previously served as President at AuthenWare Corporation, a cyber security software provider focused on preventing online identity theft. Prior to AuthenWare, Bill held Senior Director positions at Unisys and Verisign and as Vice President of Sales at Prolexic Technologies.