Christine Tate ’95

Christine is the COO of Vara Safety, bringing state-of-the-art safety and accessibility to gun owners. She has a diverse, entrepreneurial career with operations and finance experience, both domestically and internationally. She is passionate about helping build the startup ecosystem throughout Upstate New York as well as investing in promising early-stage tech companies. She co-founded GrandSlam Alley, a business accelerator based in Troy, N.Y. as well as Start-Up Weekend Tech Valley. She is a judge and mentor to many entrepreneurial endeavors throughout Upstate. She works with Funding Post, FP Angels, Early Stage East, and FashInvest on the East Coast.

Christine holds an MBA from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer and a BS in Accounting and International Finance from Plattsburgh State. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor.

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