a Letter from the founder


After two decades spent leading innovation efforts at traditional firms as well as startups, I was frustrated that the gap between the two was still slowing down collaboration on both sides.

We founded Quesnay to bridge that gap and help young companies find ways to work with market leaders in disrupted industries. The team we’ve created works every day to connect innovators and ideas to the resources required to realize them through innovation competitions, customized acceleration programs, hackathons (idea-a-thons), and amazing digital partnerships.

— Jennifer Byrne, Co-founder and President


Who we are


Jennifer Byrne, Co-founder and President

Has spent more than 20 years leading global business development programs and launching innovative new products as an executive at American Express, Verizon, Hands-On Mobile, CBS, EMI, and Orbit.

2018 Women in FinTech Powerlist (Innovate Finance)

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Fernando Marzo, Chief Operating Officer

Business process optimization expert with more than 15 years of experience. Has worked as an IT Consultant for Everis and served at Eurovendex (Addeco Group) and Zed among others.

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Darlene Pasquill, Advisor

Commercially minded financial services executive with 20 years of experience in sales, trading, and P&L management. Known for creating entrepreneurial environments, driving the top line, and facilitating the capital markets process.

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Nataly Sabharwal, Director

14 years of corporate and startup experience, including 8 years building and rolling out innovative services, products, and programs. Focus on financial services, insurance, and media.

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Pete Anderson, Director

More than 12 years of diverse experience leading on strategy & growth, finance and operations. Pete has helped many global companies with their digital transformation, product innovation and acceleration efforts.

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Jonathan Poor, Innovation Analyst

Has been involved in the NYC startup eco-system for 3 years after working at 2 startup incubators and a blockchain VC firm. Has an MBA with a background in Product Management.

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