Our Team

We're a passionate team with decades of business experience dedicated to help promising companies achieve results they won't achieve on their own. We work hard to ensure we build the best platform that connects companies with expertise traditionally hard to access.

Hiwot Nega - Founder & CEO
Hiwot Nega
Founder & CEO
Hiwot Nega is an entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in private equity, corporate finance and start-ups. She was a Principal at Solera Capital where she sourced, evaluated, executed and monitored investments across industries for a $250 million middle market growth equity fund. She has worked across industries in firms such as Bear Sterns, Pearson Inc, RSL Communications, Showtime Networks and AMI Capital, acquired by Wells Fargo. In addition to investment and finance roles, Hiwot has extensive experience as a CPA in corporate finance managing SEC reporting, internal management reporting, FP&A and KPIs. Hiwot holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from SUNY New Paltz, in New York.

Benjamin Woodruff - Executive Partner
Benjamin Woodruff
Executive Partner
Benjamin Woodruff is a passionate, purpose driven entrepreneur with a people first leadership style and over 20 years of business experience in a variety of industries. He has in-depth experience as a CEO of a multi-unit franchise driving performance through metrics, brand building, metrics and building exceptional workplace cultures. He is an adept relationship builder with vast experience guiding executive teams through complex obstacles, cultivating strategic partnerships, and bridging disparate interests to reach successful outcomes. Ben advises various franchise brands. Ben holds a BA from West Virginia University.

Josh Dmuchowski - Partner
Josh Dmuchowski
Josh Dmuchowski is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of financial services industry experience specializing in investment banking, business development, client relationship management and equity and credit trading services. He began his career in investment sales at Gains Berland Securities and has worked at leading firms such as Bear Sterns, Liquidnet, and Securitize. He has experience in both the public and private markets along with emerging technologies, such as digital assets. He is passionate about climate-tech, quantum, and space exploration. He is also currently a Managing Director at Chatsworth Securities, a member of venture capital DAO Iron Key Capital, and Co-founder of an early-stage climate-tech startup. Josh holds a BA from Queens College and a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. He holds the Series 7, 63, 82, 24 & 79.

Ramon de Oliveira - Clewed Advisor
Ramon de Oliveira
Ramon de Oliveira is the Managing Partner of the consulting firm RdeO Consulting LLC, based in New York city and currently serves as a corporate director with AXA, Antin Infrastructure and the Polish American Freedom Fund. Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. de Oliveira was an adjunct professor of Finance at Columbia University. Starting in 1977, Mr. de Oliveira spent 24 years at JP Morgan & Co. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. de Oliveira was Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Investment Management. Mr. de Oliveira was also a member of the firm's Management Committee since its inception in 1995. Previous directorship include: AllianceBernstein, Fonds de Dotation du Louvre -Chairman of the Investment Committee. Taittinger-Kobrand USA (United States). The Red Cross, Member of the Investment Committee. Friends of Education (a New York-based not-for-profit organization), Chairman of the Board of Directors; JP Morgan Suisse (Switzerland); American Century Company, Inc (United States), Sungard Data Systems (SDS) (United States). The Hartford Insurance Company (end of mandate April 29, 2009).