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Mike Grobinski
Co-founder
Kraken Boardsports

Panelist

Mike Grobinski is a co-founder of Kraken Boardsports, a Wilkes-Barre company that specializes in products for sports enthusiasts.

Kraken customers see potential everywhere. An empty field of snow is a blank template, ready to be sculpted into something incredible. An empty lot can be a skatepark. Between Mike’s love of sport, and his co-founder’s passion for product design, Kraken is constantly engineering products that are lighter, faster and “funner” for the common thrill seeker.

Mike is a graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is an avid snow, skate, and wake boarder. If you ask him what they really do at Kraken he’ll probably tell you “we build stuff to have as much fun as possible”.

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Blaise Delfino, M.S. – HIS
Founder and CEO
Fader Plugs, LLC

Panelist

Blaise is a licensed hearing healthcare provider in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2017, he received his Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University. Blaise has extensive experience in configuring sound and providing optimum amplification to our patients. During Blaise’s graduate studies, he competed in two business plan competitions representing his company Fader Plugs, LLC. Fader Plugs, LLC is on a mission to aesthetically refashion and perceptually transform the use of hearing protection. In 2016, Blaise placed first out of 223 participants in the Pennsylvania State System Business Plan Competition. One year later, in 2017, he also placed first at the TecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition, winning over $100,000 of cash and in-kind services. On February 7, 2018, Fader Plugs, LLC announced that they have selected the global leader in hearing healthcare, Starkey Hearing Technologies, as their exclusive manufacturer and supplier. Not only does Blaise have a passion for hearing healthcare, but also music.

Blaise plays guitar, piano, drums, and is an audio engineer. In January 2017, Blaise produced, engineered, and featured on a song titled “First” that charted on the iTunes Top 100 Pop Charts both nationally and internationally. When Blaise is not fitting a patient with their newest hearing technology or writing a song, he enjoys attending personal development conferences, spending time with his family, and visiting the Jersey shore. 

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Matt Hope
Co-founder & CEO
Summa Inc.

Panelist

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Summa, Inc., a patient/personal data capture technology company. Summa’s minimum viable product, the Summa System, helps academics and clinicians perform human subject research and manage patient populations by increasing access to data, enabling novel research and management methods, and reducing participant recruitment-to-data collection time. Matt co-founded Summa with fellow medical student Evan porter in August 2017. Summa participated in the 16th and 17th TecBRIDGE Business Plan Competitions and were named finalists then wild card winners, respectively. Summa has also been recognized by the International Forum for Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH) as a top 100 innovator and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for completion of the NSF Innovation Corp short course program.

Matt graduated from Ursinus College with a B.S. in biochemistry & molecular biology and from Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health with a MPH in health management and policy. Matt is currently a rising 4th year MD candidate at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. In addition to entrepreneurship, Matt is involved in organized medicine with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and American Medical Association. He served as a Pennsylvania Medical Society Board Trustee from October 2018 to October 2019 and sat on the legislative advocacy task force. Matt currently serves on the Pennsylvania Medical Society health information technology and corporate medicine task forces. Matt looks forward to continuing his work with Summa and leveraging his experience in entrepreneurship, clinical medicine, and healthcare policy to positively impact the community.

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