Through our Series EN method, we help chart a path toward each venture's distinct definition of success. We engage key stakeholders and make sure we’re bringing the right type of business acumen to the table. 


Anther Group advisors help ease the pressure on the entrepreneur from business challenges, which allows more time to focus on product and technology development. Whether it's pinpointing the best strategy to develop new partnerships or doing competitive analysis, Anther assists with many challenges within the business landscape, allowing you to do more of what you love.


The right partners look differently for each entrepreneur. Whether it's with a large venture group, an individual angel investor, an existing corporation with available funds, or a small group of individuals with varied professional experiences, finding the right mix of influencers and talent to build your team will determine your venture's success. The team at Anther Group helps determine what that relationship looks like.


Through Series EN, we’ll help you learn about effectively cultivating a highly motivated team and get the work done right. Anther Group advisors help expertly navigate common funding pitfalls, manage product and technical risk, and accurately assess business strategy to reach your venture's full potential. We’re here to support you in key aspects in establishing a sound business model and guide you toward achieving market success. 


Anther Group supports high-capacity entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the marketplace with unique ideas. Our goal is to help entrepreneurs turn business ambitions and aspiration into reality.

Our strategy is to be connected, local, targeted, smart, and effective. With our high-level thought leaders, experienced capital fundraisers, and exceptional business strategists, we deliver turnkey assistance and get the work done.


We’re your team of go-getters. 


Eric Minnick
Managing Partner

Eric runs a family fund, Andover Ventures, which makes seed and pre-seed startup investments. He is an experienced engineer, investor, and entrepreneur. Eric also started AE Machines, where he managed business and technology development. Previously, Eric worked as a software developer for eVestment, a web-based data analytics company, where he specialized in algorithm and database design for all facets of the platform. Additionally, Eric spent time at Edison Partners as an associate on the Financial Technology team focusing on deal sourcing and investment due diligence. Eric has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Howard Gerwin
Senior Partner

Howard started his career in traditional engineering and product development roles at Caterpillar, Ford, and finally John Deere, where he later pivoted to lead mobile software creation. He is an experienced technology and product development leader with expertise in systems engineering, technology commercialization, and business readiness determination. The entrepreneurs Howard has collaborated with while at John Deere’s Technology Innovation Center in the University of Illinois Research Park have inspired him and he has fallen in love with the start-up spirit. Howard is an advisor to a couple of start-up companies in the UI Research Park and is a mentor on an ag tech-related I-Corp team. He also is an occasional lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Industrial Design and Technology and Management programs on the topics of product and technology development, and has interests in energy and sustainability. Howard holds a Master’s in Systems Design and Management from MIT and a BSME from Rice University. 

Chris Harbourt

Chris is an engineer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in agriculture, business, and academia. Chris’s expertise includes startup business operations, software product development, sustainability, hydrology, field data collection, automation, and practical farming experience. He is the founder and managing partner of Hatch Ag Group, LLC, a consulting company focused on finding answers to technical challenges and investing in great ideas in agriculture. Before the launch of Hatch Ag, Chris was the founder and CEO of Agrible, Inc., where he built the company and team to over 50 employees, developed multiple software and hardware products, and led the company in raising $10MM. Since 2004, he has also been serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. Prior to 2014, Chris was the Vice President and Principal Engineer at Waterborne Environmental, Inc., where he built a team of over 20 employees serving crop protection chemical companies as clients. 

Mara Eisenstein
Marketing Strategist

Mara has presented many stories for various companies, knowing it takes strategy, knowledge of target market, and monitoring of achievements to create success. Beginning with an entrepreneurial venture co-founding a green nonprofit, the Illinois Green Business Association, Mara co-developed a green business program and helped grow a statewide presence for the organization. Working with small-to-medium sized companies and planning & marketing two statewide green business summits, she was the voice of the organization known for green business advocacy in Illinois. More recently, she has consulted with a technology startup, led marketing for a web design & digital marketing agency, and worked as Marketing Content Coordinator for the largest global hospitality telephone company in their sales & marketing offices. Mara earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anther Advisors
Advisory Network

The rest of the team at Anther Group is selected from our pool of advisors on a case-by-case basis and is tailored to the needs of each start-up. Our team has a diverse skill-set, ranging from business development, legal support, graphic design, to contract negotiation, data analysis, web & software testing, and everything in between.

To apply to our advisory team, get in touch with us.

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