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Who We Are

Trent Carrender

Trent discovered early in this career that companies large and small could learn from each other if there was someone to help foster the connection. He acted on his notion and built a company which linked over 200 tech companies to Fortune 500 enterprises specializing in retail, consumer goods and sustainability.

As co-founder of i2i Labs, Trent is taking his passion for progress to the next level, giving even more corporations across a myriad of verticals access to incredible startups creating the future.


Becca Shaddox

With over 15 years of tech experience at the Fortune 1 retailer and a background and education in technology, Becca has gained a wealth of knowledge in strategy, portfolio management and M&A. She is passionate about expanding technology in the workplace of the future.


This passion led Becca to expand her experience beyond the World’s Largest Retailer to support companies of all sizes, from startups to established enterprises. Her combination of expertise and inspiration makes her an integral part of the i2i Labs team. In addition to her role at i2i Labs, she supports a wide range of companies as a mentor, board member, volunteer and partner.


Amy Bates

Amy’s extensive background in the corporate events sector provides the creative element to the technical world of i2i Labs. Her entrepreneurial spirit gives her a personal understanding of the strategy needed to find and vet start-up companies. Over the past 20 years she has grown an award-winning events company as well as a mentoring program at the University of Arkansas for students in the hospitality program.


Throughout her career, Amy’s primary focus has been to help people and ideas reach their full potential to better serve the community.

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Luis Rodriguez

Luis been in the technology industry for 25+ years Working with industry leaders like Intel, IBM, HP and Dell leveraged deep technical knowledge to articulate emerging complex solutions that remove inhibitors.  Currently working with i2i Labs exploring real-time innovation solutions to help our global customers achieve their digital modernization strategies while adapting these current world challenges.  


Jim Moriarty

Jim graduated from Brother Rice High School and Governors State University with a BA in Marketing. Jim has had an extraordinarily successful 30-year career in IT Sales with Inacom, Dell, AMD, Lenovo and most recently with i2i Labs.


Jim is incredibly involved with volunteering and BBQing meals for the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Healthcare First Responders and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) staff and students.


Brad Love

Brad Love brings a significant financial background, as well as many years of diverse industry experience to the team. For over five years, Brad was the Sr. Financial Analyst for a prominent Washington, DC family office. Prior to joining the family office, Brad spent several years as a licensed financial advisor for a major securities firm.


In addition to his vast financial experience, Brad held both Direct Sales and Business Development positions in manufacturing and data networking companies.

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Our Mission

We are a technology commercializer connecting innovators to industries to solve global business problems by showcasing real solutions.

Core Values


It is our job to know what things are up and coming, transformational technology is hard, and innovation requires quickness, decisiveness, and a willingness to take risks. We are entering an innovate or die point in history.


We believe taking everyone on the journey with you is critical to success. Whether you are a the one providing a solution or the one in need of the solution we pride ourselves on communicating all things to make sure it is the best possible partnership


Innovation is only as good as the access you have. To level the playing field we bring partners to the table no matter size or scale, getting you closer to solutions. Our goal is to make Innovation accessible.

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