a Letter from the founder


Five years ago, 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. Together with Antonio, I 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, 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.

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Antonio Baena, Co-founder and CEO

Has more than 23 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience, starting Quesnay and BPO Solutions and serving in executive positions at EDS, France Telecom, Motorola, and Zed.

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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

Has 9 years of management consulting experience working across public sector, telecom, and healthcare clients and managing innovation programs to roll out and scale new services / products.  

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Charles Lorum, Manager

Has over 9 years working with start-ups to connect entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, and capital. Also active in local and public policy and supports various charities, including St. Jude Children’s hospital and StartOut. 

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Sungjee Yoo, Consultant

Has been at the intersection of design and strategy for 6 years, focused on delivering new products. Has three years of experience leading a design startup, publishing three books and dozens of articles. 

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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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Brittany LaMantia, Marketing Associate

A marketing communications professional with a Master of Science focused in Integrated Marketing and Communications and experience in a range of fields including professional services, event management, and nonprofit.

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Our Partners

Quesnay’s dedication and expertise helped take our high-potential startups to the next level, preparing and enabling them for commercial partnerships with Verizon and other industry leaders.
— Matt Schwartz, Android/Chrome Business Development, Google, Inc. (former Verizon Ventures executive while working with Quesnay on the IoT Acceleration Program)

We provide decades of experience building and launching digital products and services.  We have the innovation network and industry expertise to help you choose the right partners.