Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is composed of experienced NYC-based business leaders who act as a source of guidance, wisdom and coaching for incubated student entrepreneurs. Each month, students in Defy’s Entrepreneurship Incubator present their accomplishments and funding needs to the Investment Committee, which, in collaboration with staff, determines microloan funding allocations that support the continued development of their businesses.


Brian Korb
  • Brian is currently a Founder of Swellbox, a consumer solution for managing digital health records. Prior to Swellbox, Brian was a Co-Founder of Glocap, an 80+ person tech-enabled recruiting platform for the alternative asset space, where he was Head of Strategy and Head of the Private Equity practice.  Brian has been an expert guest on CNBC and Reuters, as well as a speaker at Harvard and Wharton business schools.  Prior to Glocap, Brian worked in investment banking at DMG.

Clint Plummer
  • Clint serves as Vice President of Development for Deepwater Wind, where he manages the company’s pre-construction project development activities. Clint previously served as Vice President of Asset Development and Underwriting for Endurant Energy, and before that, as founder and President of Redwood Power Company, which he sold to Endurant. Clint’s career includes experience in project origination and development, financial structuring and negotiations, as well as analytics and underwriting for a variety of energy asset development projects.

Monica Thurmond
  • Monica is a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Monica has represented both issuers and investment banking firms in a variety of public and private equity and debt securities offerings, including initial public offerings, as well as high yield and convertible debt offerings.


The Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a work hard/play hard, rapidly growing network of young professionals in New York City area who serve as ambassadors to Defy’s mission. The Defy YPB recruits volunteers and donors, and organizes events that raise awareness and funding for Defy while having a lot of fun. YPB members also participate in Defy’s training center to assist in mentoring student entrepreneurs to become thriving business owners.

If you are interested in joining our YPB please send an email to