Entrepreneur-in-Residence, School of Management

Robert Manasier

Biography

Robert Manasier is a serial entrepreneur and investor (having been involved with over 117 startups) who currently serves as  Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Sage Colleges and Professor with the School of Management. He also serves as CEO of In Focus Brands, a branded go-to-market acceleration firm; COO of Autonomy Distributors, a distribution consultancy and funding platform; President of IFP Films, a multimedia, multiple award-winning content creation studio and Executive Director of the Diamond Point Co-Development Fund that assists startups to existing enterprises with funding coupled with resources to prove concept and/or get to market.. He has created and developed the Economic Development Acceleration Labs (EDA LABS) and The Revenue Engine to assist small to middle market businesses to be faster, stronger and smarter in deploying into markets or pivoting operational systems.

As a frequent speaker, consultant and player in the growing economic need for a stronger public-private synergy for startups and the economy in general, he has been a judge, mentor and strategic/tactical partner in numerous nonprofits, incubators, accelerators, university  entrepreneur programs, internship programs and business plan competitions. Currently, building out 4 startups in the SaaS, music and manufacturing verticals and the Parkhurst Field Foundation’s Community Development System based on the In Focus Brands’ Accelerator Model. Mr. Manasier is heavily involved in a number of non-profit and for profit boards, regional economic development programs and recreation programs. He serves as a Saratoga Springs Recreation Commissioner, Tech Valley Center of Gravity member, NYS Business Plan Judge, IgniteU Lead Mentor, multiple StartUp Weekend organizer and facilitator, current Babe Ruth Manager, Jr. NBA Head Coach and Past President of Saratoga American Little League.