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Founder Mentors | Expert Mentors

Founder Mentors

Founder Mentors have been there before: they’ve founded or co-founded a company – or maybe several companies. These are the experts who’ve gone through exactly what you’re going through, and work with you during the program to make sure you’re on the right track. And maybe bypassing mistakes the mentors made! You’ll meet almost all of the Founder Mentors in the first few weeks of the program during mentor matching.

Adam Ingersoll
Co-Founder & Principal, Compass Education Group
Education Technology, Founder, Founder Mentors, Investor
Adam on LinkedIn
Adam Keune
Chief Business Development Officer, Higher Learning Technologies
Agile/Scrum, Culture / HR Strategy, Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Education Technology, Founder, Founder Mentors, Sales & Marketing
Adam on LinkedIn
Aaron Post
General Manager of Small Market Business, Cartegraph
Customer Discovery, Sales & Marketing
Aaron on LinkedIn
Casey Everts
Founder, SavingTons
E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing
Casey on LinkedIn
Brad Dwyer
CEO, Hatchlings
E-Commerce, Tech Mentor, Investor
Brad on LinkedIn
Brian Rupert
Digital Marketing Strategist, Blend Interactive
Tech Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur
Brian on LinkedIn
Ravi Patel
President, Hawkeye Hotels
Education Technology, Health Technology, Investor, Real Estate Technology
Ravi on LinkedIn
Ann Oleson
CEO, Converge Consulting
Education Technology, Sales & Marketing
Ann on LinkedIn
Sam Meers
CEO, Meers Advertising
Sales & Marketing
Sam on LinkedIn
John Jackovin
Founder, Fermented Labs
Serial Entrepreneur, Customer Discovery, Investor, Manufacturing Technology, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics, UX/UI
John on LinkedIn
Thomas Hornbeck
CEO, Launch Deck
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Thomas on LinkedIn
Derek Balsley
CEO, The Art of Education
Education Technology, Sales & Marketing
Derek on LinkedIn
AJ Nelson
Founder, Pi & clusterFlunk
Education Technology, Sales & Marketing, UX/UI
AJ on LinkedIn
Derian Baugh
CEO, Men's Style Lab
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Transportation & Logistics
Derian on LinkedIn
Dusty Davidson
CEO and Co-Founder, Flywheel
Culture / HR Strategy, Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor, UX/UI
Dusty on LinkedIn
Joe Dallago
Co-Founder, clusterFlunk
Education Technology, Tech Mentor, UX/UI
Joe on LinkedIn
Brent Hood
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Premiere Business Solutions
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Brent on LinkedIn
Shaun Linderbaum
CEO, Braceability.com
E-Commerce, Health Technology, Tech Mentor
Shaun on LinkedIn
Bill Staib
CEO, College Raptor
Education Technology
Bill on LinkedIn
Heather Smith Friedman
Founding Partner, de Novo Alternative Marketing
Sales & Marketing
Heather on LinkedIn
Doug Sevey
Founder, Enseva Datacenters
Agriculture & Food Technology, Finance/Accounting, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property
Doug on LinkedIn
Chris Quartier
Embedded Engineer, IoT Consulting
Agile/Scrum, E-Commerce, Health Technology, Tech Mentor
Chris on LinkedIn
Mike Johnson
Owner, Timberline Manufacturing
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Manufacturing Technology, Sales & Marketing
Mike on LinkedIn
Devin Miller
Executive Vice President - Product Management & Engineering, Guidant Financial
E-Commerce, Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Devin on LinkedIn
Brian Dalziel
Senior Vice President, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation
Agriculture & Food Technology, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Brian on LinkedIn
Will Lenzen, Jr.
Creative Director, Cycle Studios
Design
Will on LinkedIn
Rich Maloy
North America Manager, IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program
Rich on LinkedIn
Mike Nichols
Community Development, IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program
Mike on LinkedIn
Dan Sweeney
Co-Founder & VP of Design, Pear Deck
Education Technology, Tech Mentor, UX/UI
Dan on LinkedIn
Rob Gettemy
COO, TaxACT
Culture / HR Strategy, E-Commerce, Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology,
Rob on LinkedIn
Shane Reiser
Partner, Your Ideas Are Terrible
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Financial Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Shane on LinkedIn
Kate Washut
Partner, Far Reach
Agile/Scrum, Culture / HR Strategy, Tech Mentor
Kate on LinkedIn
Tim Terry
Founder, Terry, Lockbridge, and Dunn
Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Investor
Patrick Gavin
CEO, HigherEducation.com
Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Patrick on LinkedIn
Riley Eynon-Lynch
CEO & CTO, Pear Deck
Riley on LinkedIn
Roby Miller
Founder, TelePharm
Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Roby on LinkedIn
John Meyer
CEO, Lemonly
Sales & Marketing
John on LinkedIn
Josh Krakauer
CEO, Sculpt
Agile/Scrum, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing
Josh on LinkedIn
Bruce Lehrman
CEO, Involta
Education Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Bruce on LinkedIn
Chris Klitgaard
CEO, MediRevv
Agile/Scrum, Health Technology, Investor
Chris on LinkedIn
Steve Gray
Founder, Gray Venture Partners
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
David Oliver
Managing Director, Higher Evolution
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Investor, Real Estate Technology, Sales & Marketing, Transportation & Logistics
David on LinkedIn
Curt Nelson
President and CEO, Entrepreneurial Development Center
Agriculture & Food Technology, Customer Discovery, Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Green Tech, Health Technology, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Manufacturing Technology, Real Estate Technology, Sales & Marketing, Transportation & Logistics
Curt on LinkedIn
Ron Stahlberg
President, Innomatix
Investor, Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics
Ron on LinkedIn
Brian Hemesath
Managing Director, Global Insurance Accelerator
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing
Brian on LinkedIn
Steve Shriver
CEO, EcoLips
Agriculture & Food Technology, E-Commerce, Finance/Accounting, Green Tech, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Steve on LinkedIn
Mike Draper
CEO, Raygun
Sales & Marketing
Duane Smith
President, TrueNorth Companies
Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Sales & Marketing
Duane on LinkedIn
Paul Kongshaug
Founder and CEO, BlendCard
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing
Paul on LinkedIn
Larry Selensky
President & CEO, Ovationnetworks.com
Green Tech, Manufacturing Technology, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Larry on LinkedIn
Steven Mitchell
Founder, Componica
Health Technology, Investor, Real Estate Technology, Tech Mentor
Steven on LinkedIn
Shawn Cornally
Headmaster, Iowa BIG
Education Technology, Tech Mentor
Shawn on LinkedIn
Jason Wonase
Owner, Collective Data
Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics
Jason on LinkedIn
Alec Whitters
CEO, Higher Learning Technologies
Agile/Scrum, Culture / HR Strategy, Customer Discovery, Education Technology
Alec on LinkedIn
Julie Knake Tow
Administrator/Owner, Comfort Care Medicare, Inc. and Comfort Care, Inc
Health Technology
Julie on LinkedIn
Josh Cramer
CEO, FullStack
Agile/Scrum, Customer Discovery, Education Technology, Health Technology, Investor, Tech Mentor
Josh on LinkedIn
Douglas Flugum
President and CEO, Bugeye Ventures, Inc.
Investor, Manufacturing Technology, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Douglas on LinkedIn
Jay Sebben
Founder and CEO, L Street Collaborative
Agriculture & Food Technology, Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Jay on LinkedIn
Ben O'Connor
Co-Founder and CFO, Higher Learning Technologies
Customer Discovery, Education Technology, Finance/Accounting
Ben on LinkedIn
Max Farrell
Co-Founder, Workhound
Agile/Scrum, Agriculture & Food Technology, Culture / HR Strategy, Customer Discovery, Transportation & Logistics
Max on LinkedIn
Dennis Henderson
CEO and Co-Founder, Ready Wireless
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Dennis on LinkedIn
Beth Trejo
CEO and Co-Founder, Chatterkick
Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Beth on LinkedIn
Nate Kaeding
Retail Development Director, Iowa City Downtown District
Serial Entrepreneur, Customer Discovery, Founder, Founder Mentors, Investor
Nate on LinkedIn
John Schnipkoweit
CTO, Choozle
Customer Discovery, Health Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
John on LinkedIn
Mark Cohen
President, Colloquy Digital
Financial Technology, Sales & Marketing
Mark on LinkedIn
Jason Kristufek
Founder and CEO, Fanstreamm
Agile/Scrum, Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing, UX/UI
Jason on LinkedIn
Kris Gulick
President, Entrepreneurial Services Group LLC
Finance/Accounting
Kris on LinkedIn
Brad Miller
Professor, Luther College
E-Commerce, Investor, Sales & Marketing
Brad on LinkedIn
Andy Van Fleet
Managing Partner, Visual Logic
Agile/Scrum, Agriculture & Food Technology, Culture / HR Strategy, Manufacturing Technology, Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics, UX/UI
Andy on LinkedIn
Adam Koppes
Investment Manager, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Adam is Investment Manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, its Renew Rural Iowa economic development initiative, and its associated Rural Vitality Funds. The Renew Rural Iowa initiative, a partnership between the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Wellmark, Inc., is one of the state’s largest private economic development efforts focused solely on impacting rural businesses and their communities in Iowa and provides financing resources to select companies around Iowa. In his role, Adam sits on a number of private company Board of Directors in addition to overseeing all portfolio investments. Adam is also an active volunteer mentor with the state’s three accelerators: the Iowa Startup Accelerator, the Ag Startup Engine, and the Global Insurance Accelerator. Adam holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Business, a J.D. from Drake University Law School, and was previously Vice President and CFO of Rural Vitality Funds portfolio company Harrisvaccines, Inc. (now Merck Animal Health).
Adam on LinkedIn
Ben Anderson
Founder, Bandwidth Pool
Finance/Accounting, Founder, Mentors-In-Residence, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Ben on LinkedIn

Expert Mentors

These mentors are experts in their subject matter areas, and are matched with startups in the program when a specific skill set or connection is needed, both during and after the program.

Cammie Greif
Cammie Greif is one of the four co-founders of 2nd Story Software, Inc., makers of TaxACT. 2nd Story Software (now known as TaxAct), is a tax preparation software company serving the consumer tax and professional tax preparation markets. As Chief Marketing Officer, Cammie drove the rapid growth of the company from its inception in 1998 to the stock sale in 2012 to Blucora. Cammie was instrumental in carving out a market in the highly competitive consumer tax industry by offering free tax software, and disrupting the industry by adding free e-file to the product offering, with the largest competitors TurboTax and H&R Block following suit. Cammie and her co-founders bootstrapped the business and attained profitability in the first year of business, starting in February 1998 and releasing their first product in November of the same year. In 2004, 2nd Story Software received a majority investment from private equity firm, TA Associates. Cammie was involved in all facets of the process, including selection of investment bankers, development of due diligence, management presentations and negotiations. After 2004, as a private equity investment, Cammie was also involved heavily in the due diligence development for processes that led to the eventual sale to Blucora in 2012. Since leaving 2nd Story Software, upon the sale to Blucora, Cammie dedicated her time to mentoring entrepreneurs in all stages of their business, with a strong focus on startups. In addition, she manages investments, including equities, commercial and land real estate, angel investments and venture capital. She is a Board of Director of Timberline Manufacturing in Marion and St. Martin Land Company in Cedar Rapids. Cammie has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting and Business Administration. She is an inactive status Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Cammie on LinkedIn
Bill Daly
Attorney, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
Legal & Intellectual Property
Bill on LinkedIn
Tim McDougall
Founder, BuiltByLocal Ventures
Tim McDougall is a growth marketing consultant and “CMO-for-hire” for multiple early stage businesses in Cedar Rapids and the midwest. His past experience includes major corporate innovation and turnaround efforts as Publisher and VP of Strategic Innovation for The Gazette Company in Cedar Rapids, CMO for P. F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., CMO for the New Orleans Hornets, VP/Marketing for the Houston Rockets, and a Senior Brand Manager for Miller Brewing Company. He was also the founder and president of BuiltByLocal Ventures, a media-for-equity venture fund startup in Cedar Rapids, and has been heavily involved in the startup community as a mentor, founder, and supporter since 2011.
Tim on LinkedIn
Scott Swenson
Regional Director, Kirkwood SBDC
Scott Swenson is the Regional Director for the Kirkwood SBDC which supports entrepreneurs and small business in the Corridor region. He works with entrepreneurs to explore their ideas, develop and validate business models, build financial projections and business plans, obtain capital and connect with other entrepreneurs and resources. He utilizes the Lean Startup approach in working with clients and specializes in revenue modeling and business development strategy. Scott works with hundreds of startups every year and he has an extensive network of resources, mentors and connections. He is a regular mentor for the University of Iowa Venture School program and participates as a Mentor in Residence for the previous two ISA cohorts. You will find him around Vault throughout the week working with clients and hosting office hours and pitch coaching for various events. Scott’s business experience includes publishing, direct marketing, customer service, direct sales, commercial printing and business counseling. He was an executive with Gazette Communications for a number of years and later co-founded a case management program for flood recovery sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. He co-founded a Floor to Ceiling Store which he owned for 10 years and is still an owner in the franchise company.
Scott on LinkedIn
Tej Dhawan
Partner, Formation Partners
Tej Dhawan is a startup-advocate and angel investor based in Des Moines, Iowa. Tej is the co-founder of Plains Angels and serves on multiple boards including the Global Insurance Accelerator, Technology Association of Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Partnership's entrepreneurial council, Central College, and Ballet Des Moines. Prior to his role in the startup community, Tej was a co-owner of Advanced Technologies Group in West Des Moines. As an active angel investor in the Des Moines community and on an angel list, he remains acutely interested in innovation focused on long-term growth with an emphasis on building a startup's balance sheet. He is an avid home-brewer and a Bodypump instructor for the Metro YMCAs.
Tej on LinkedIn
Nicole Forsythe
Scrum Master, Wowza Media Systems
Nicole Forsythe is a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Holacracy Facilitator for Wowza Media Systems. She helps software development and IT teams improve using Kanban, Scrum, and iterative learning. Nicole was the first Scrum Master for the Iowa Startup Accelerator in 2014, working with the ISA staff and HowFactory, with whom she worked until 2016. Previously, Nicole was on the faculty of Kirkwood Community College as their Digital Services Librarian and spent a decade in nonprofit life, most recently with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She holds an MS from the University of Illinois, a BA from Colorado College, is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product owner, and a Certified Holacracy Practitioner. Nicole is intensely interested in building antifragile learning cultures, graphic facilitation, and all things Agile. She splits her time between Iowa City, Iowa, and Golden, Colorado, with her husband and son.
Nicole on LinkedIn
Josh McNary
Marketing Technologist, McNary Marketing & Design
As a Marketing Technology expert, Joshua McNary meshes business strategy, technology, and corporate savvy with entrepreneurial passion to provide solutions to clients’ problems. Through over a decade of working in nonprofit and the corporate world, Joshua collected actionable knowledge about business, marketing, design, and web development which can help small- and medium-sized business, non-profits, start-ups, and organizations. He works extensively on developing brands, marketing workflows, and business solutions. This often takes the form of helping clients develop marketing materials, sales and lead generation processes, interactive websites, and business plans. His most valued selling point is how he work alongside his clients in an honest and ethical way to help them grow.
Josh on LinkedIn
Jen Neumann
Partner, de Novo Alternative Marketing
Jen joined de Novo Alternative Marketing as Partner in 2008 and has been a driving force behind the agency’s continued success. What started as a two person marketing company is now 15 strong and has become a well known creative firm. Her technical and design experience marry traditional marketing with impressive design and innovative methods for superior deliverability. Her experience in non-profit drives cost effectiveness and awareness of public perception. Specializing in creating workable strategies and the creative ideas that drive them, she also works to implement measurable benchmarks and a willingness to change the plan in order to get better results. She spends her time listening to blogs on behavioral science and the economy, (mixed in with a good dose of politics and pop culture) and uses that curiousity to build campaigns that work for de Novo’s clients. Read through the lines and you can see that Jen is pretty much a geek. Whether it’s social media strategy or boring her kids with bird-watching excursions, she finds her inspiration in the details. She’d rather be outside than in, and is 80% extrovert. The other 20% of the time is spent hiding from her family with a book. Jen lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband Doug, daughters Grace (15) and Anna (12) and two lousy cats.
Jen on LinkedIn
Aaron Frerichs
Web Applications Manager, Fusionfarm
Expert Mentors, Tech Mentor
Aaron on LinkedIn
Aaron Horn
Director – IT, Iowa Interstate Railroad; Co-Founder BeatCancerToday.org
Agriculture & Food Technology, Expert Mentors, Investor, Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics
Aaron on LinkedIn
Brad Hoyt
Director of Innovation and Emerging Technologies, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Brad on LinkedIn
Wesley Beary
Hacker Laureate, Heroku
Tech Mentor
Wesley on LinkedIn
Geeta Chauhan
Founder & CTO, Sustinnova
Agile/Scrum, Expert Mentors, Green Tech, Tech Mentor
Geeta on LinkedIn
Paul Heath
SBDC Director, The University of Iowa
Finance/Accounting, Sales & Marketing
Paul on LinkedIn
Christian Fong
COO, Renewable Energy Trust Capital
Finance/Accounting, Green Tech, Investor
Christian on LinkedIn
Ted Sanders
Director, Chimayo Foods
Education Technology, Investor
Ted on LinkedIn
Jay Johnson
CEO, Summit Technology Group
Legal & Intellectual Property, Tech Mentor
Jay on LinkedIn
Lindsay Schutte Crittendon
Vice President of Operations, Chute
Sales & Marketing
Lindsay on LinkedIn
John Bloomhall
Former CEO, Diamond V
Agriculture & Food Technology, Investor
Dawn Ainger
President & CEO, Genova Technologies
Dawn on LinkedIn
Susan Corrigan
President, St. Martin Land Company
Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Investor
Susan on LinkedIn
Nick Bray
Director of UX Design / UXPO, Visual Logic
Nick on LinkedIn
Kim Lehrman
President & Chief Marketing Officer, enTouch Wireless
Kim on LinkedIn
Darin Szilagyi
Chief Marketing, Strategy & Business Development Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System
Darin on LinkedIn
Andy Meyer
Associate Director, River Glen Private Capital
Finance/Accounting
Andy on LinkedIn
Robert Becker
Vice Chairman, Guaranty Bank & Trust
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Tech Mentor, Green Tech, Manufacturing Technology
Robert on LinkedIn
John LaMarche
Principal, VentureNet Iowa
John on LinkedIn
Sally Brause
Director, Human Resources Consulting
Culture / HR Strategy, Financial Technology, Sales & Marketing
Sally on LinkedIn
Samantha Dahlby
Founder/Developer, Dahlby Designs
Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics
Samantha on LinkedIn
Tyler Olson
President, SiteGen Solar
Green Tech, Investor, Manufacturing Technology
Tyler on LinkedIn
Matt Kinley
EVP, Equity Dynamics
Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Health Technology, Investor
Matt on LinkedIn
Jeff Cash
Senior VP and CIO, Mercy Medical Center
Health Technology, Tech Mentor
Jeff on LinkedIn
Kris Van Cleve
President, Dental Prosthetic Services
Agile/Scrum, Health Technology, Sales & Marketing
Kris on LinkedIn
Jay Chen
Associate Professor, Coe College
Finance/Accounting
Jay on LinkedIn
Ed Leighton-Dick
Founder and Principal Consultant, Kingfisher Technologies
Tech Mentor
Ed on LinkedIn
Chris Draper
Director of Product, Trokt
Education Technology, Green Tech, Real Estate Technology, Transportation & Logistics
Chris on LinkedIn
Stacy Van Gorp
Executive Director, McElroy Trust
Customer Discovery
Stacy on LInkedIn
Carol Kersey
R&D Engineering Manager, DuPont Pioneer
Agriculture & Food Technology, Tech Mentor
Carol on LinkedIn
Pete Fry
Founder, START LLC
Agriculture & Food Technology, Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Green Tech, Health Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Real Estate Technology, Sales & Marketing
Pete on LinkedIn
Dan Smith
Product Manager, ACT
Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Education Technology
Dan on LinkedIn
Dick Ferguson
Former CEO, ACT
Education Technology, Investor
Dick on LinkedIn
Barry Boyer
Chairman, Van Meter, Inc.
Investor, Sales & Marketing, Transportation & Logistics
Nick Westergaard
Chief Brand Strategist, Brand Driven Digital
Sales & Marketing
Nick on LinkedIn
Lydia Brown
Director of Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sales & Marketing, Real Estate Technology
Lydia on LinkedIn
Mark Hudson
Senior Vice President, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
Legal & Intellectual Property
Mark on LinkedIn
Marcus Gordon
Senior Director, Health Plan Distribution, Evolent Health
Health Technology, Sales & Marketing
Ben Dillon
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Owner, Geonetric
Agile/Scrum, Customer Discovery, Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Investor, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Ben on LinkedIn
Sam Houston
Partner, Health Solutions
Agriculture & Food Technology, Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Sales & Marketing
Sam on LinkedIn
Patrick Forner
Director of Product Delivery, Assessment Technology Engineering, Pearson
Education Technology, Tech Mentor
Patrick on LinkedIn
Lynn Allendorf
Managing Director, University of Iowa JPEC
Customer Discovery, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Lynn on LinkedIn
Sarah Vigmostad
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
Customer Discovery, Health Technology, Tech Mentor
Sarah on LinkedIn
Milt Milloy
Managing Director, Springboard Consulting & Capital
Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Founder, Health Technology, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property
Milt on LinkedIn
Jim Barcz
Founder and CEO, Teknovation
Finance/Accounting, Investor, Tech Mentor
Jim on LinkedIn
Tim Klima
Attorney, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
Legal & Intellectual Property
Shea Kelly
President, Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Shea on LinkedIn
Mary Quass
President and CEO, NRG Media LLC
Finance/Accounting, Investor
Mary on LinkedIn
Joe George
Marketing Lecturer, University of Iowa
Sales & Marketing
Joe on LinkedIn
Patrice Carroll
President & CEO, ImOn Communications
Tech Mentor
Patrice on LinkedIn
Mike Colwell
Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Square One DSM
Finance/Accounting, Founder, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Sales & Marketing
Mike on LinkedIn
Kimm Harris
President, IPC of Iowa
Customer Discovery, Finance/Accounting, Financial Technology, Sales & Marketing
Kimm on LinkedIn
Trip Edwards
Senior Associate, Pioneer Square Labs
Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Investor
Trip on LinkedIn
Brian Bergstrom
Senior Member and Attorney, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
Legal & Intellectual Property
Brian on LinkedIn
Jim Haddad
Former CFO, Yellowbook
Finance/Accounting, Investor
Jim on LinkedIn
John Osako
COO, Informatics, Inc.
Finance/Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
John on LinkedIn
Chris Turner
Owner, Fusion, Inc.
Manufacturing Technology
David Sturtz
Digital Strategy Director, Geonetric
Agile/Scrum, Customer Discovery, Health Technology, Tech Mentor, UX/UI
David on LinkedIn
Brian Ahier
Director of Standards and Government Affairs, Medicity
Health Technology
Brian on LinkedIn
Chris Sevey
CTO and Owner, Enseva
Tech Mentor
Chris on LinkedIn
Hass Machlab
President & CEO, Innovative Software Engineering
Agile/Scrum, Investor, Tech Mentor, Transportation & Logistics
Hass on LinkedIn
Tim Barcz
VP of E-Commerce, MAG Retail Group
Agile/Scrum, Customer Discovery, E-Commerce, Manufacturing Technology, Sales & Marketing, Tech Mentor
Tim on LinkedIn
Michael Ott
Entrepreneur In Residence, Nidus Investment Partners
Agriculture & Food Technology, Finance/Accounting, Green Tech, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Sales & Marketing
Michael on LinkedIn
Joe Justice
President, Scrum@Hardware at Scrum, Inc.
Agile/Scrum, Tech Mentor
Joe on LinkedIn
Paul Staman
Senior Director, The Gazette Company
Education Technology, Finance/Accounting, Health Technology, Investor, Legal & Intellectual Property, Real Estate Technology, Sales & Marketing
Paul on LinkedIn
Aaron Warner
CEO and Lead Security Strategist, ProCircular, Inc.
Health Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Tech Mentor
Aaron on LinkedIn
Mark Reimer
Founding Partner, EvenFlip
Customer Discovery, Manufacturing Technology, Tech Mentor
Mark on LinkedIn
Chris Honkomp
CEO and Tax Partner, BerganKDV
Finance/Accounting, Investor
Chris on LinkedIn
Justin Evans
Compliance Coordinator, The University of Iowa Health Care
Financial Technology, Health Technology, Sales & Marketing
Justin on LinkedIn
John Brockardt
Director of Product Management, Eversight
E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing
John on LinkedIn
Scott Hoekman
Principal, Next Level Ventures
Finance/Accounting, Investor
Scott on LinkedIn
Trace Pickering
Associate Superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Education Technology
Trace on LinkedIn
Carol Loshbaugh
Carol is a founder of Conceptual Learning and Leadership, LLC, where she specializes in optimizing talent, developing sales training programs, and brand building. With over 30 years of management experience, Carol has a history of delivering industry leading sales and profits in the retail sector. From 1998-2016, Carol was an executive with Victoria’s Secret, where she led a team of over 4500 associates across 14 Midwest, Mountain, and South Central states generating sales revenue of over $750M annually. Fundamental to Carol’s success are strategic leadership and change management, talent development and mentorship, culture shaping, and brand building. She loves to study cultural trends and is a life-long learner. Before her tenure with Victoria’s Secret, Carol was Senior Vice President of Stores at James F. Seifert and Sons, LLC. Carol graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Music Education and had taught vocal music in public schools and privately. Carol currently volunteers as a mentor at IowaBIG with the Youth Accelerator team, is a member of the EntreFEST Curation Team and is an English language tutor at Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Carol is a native Iowan and lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband George. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with George and her family, yoga, running and reading.
Carol on LinkedIn
Levi Bostian
Mobile App Development Specialist
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in computer science, Levi moved to Cedar Rapids, IA to start his entrepreneurial journeys full-time. His journey started with founding a project called me2, an online support group for cancer patients. Most recently, Levi Bostian is the founder of Curiosity IO, a mobile app development business dedicated to making mobile app ideas come to life. Levi specializes in mobile apps (Android, iOS development) but his extensive knowledge of other tech makes him a valuable mentor all-around. While he only actively develops mobile apps, he built web apps and software in the past and works with clients currently developing them. Levi also has a passion for UX design and help teams to make their products smarter, more streamlined, and incredibly user friendly. Besides being involved in mobile apps and business, Levi is also an environmentalist, blogger, startup mentor, and street art geek.
Levi on LinkedIn
Mat Winegarden
Product Design Manager, ConnectFive
Mat is a lifelong learner and empathetic leader with over twenty years experience managing people, processes, and profit within the fields of product development, UX/CX research, and sales. Mat’s specialities include ideation, user research, process improvements, business analysis, design thinking, and entrepreneurial thinking. He happily works at ConnectFive as a Product Design Manager focusing on a qualitative user research platform called Handrail. Mat also co-organizes the UXIowa meetup, mentors multiple startups in various stages of maturity, and is passionate about utilizing Agile and Lean methodologies to deliver the best customer experience possible.
Mat on LinkedIn
Nicole Forsythe
Scrum Master, Wowza Media Systems
Nicole Forsythe is a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Holacracy Facilitator for Wowza Media Systems. She helps software development and IT teams improve using Kanban, Scrum, and iterative learning. Nicole was the first Scrum Master for the Iowa Startup Accelerator in 2014, working with the ISA staff and HowFactory, with whom she worked until 2016. Previously, Nicole was on the faculty of Kirkwood Community College as their Digital Services Librarian and spent a decade in nonprofit life, most recently with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She holds an MS from the University of Illinois, a BA from Colorado College, is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product owner, and a Certified Holacracy Practitioner. Nicole is intensely interested in building antifragile learning cultures, graphic facilitation, and all things Agile. She splits her time between Iowa City, Iowa, and Golden, Colorado, with her husband and son.
Nicole on LinkedIn
Julie Zielinski
Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, EDC
Julie Zielinski has a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa and currently serves as EDC’s VP of Marketing & Strategy. She brings over 16 years of corporate innovation and marketing experience, most recently as Vice President of Marketing with Allsteel in Muscatine, IA, a global contract office furniture brand within HNI Corporation. Her corporate experience includes team leadership in Product Management, New Market and Product Development, Marketing Research, Branding, Strategic Planning, and Marketing Communications. As an independent consultant, Julie worked with local, national, and global organizations to identify strategic growth opportunities and translate these into executable business plans to strengthen their unique competitive advantage in the marketplace.Julie also brings first-hand start up and local entrepreneurial experience: She seeded a real estate and property management company from a simple “accidental” housing investment while she was an MBA student and now co-owns it with her husband. Since 2005, Julie has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business She is currently an instructor for the UI Venture School and provides educational programming for the UI Founders Club.Julie also facilitates an Entrepreneurial Founders Group and manages the corridor-based Advance in 60 educational programming series for Entrepreneurs. Julie is heavily invested in the local community and serves on the Marketing Advisory Council for the University of Iowa, the Board of Advisors for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business School of Management, and the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa. She is currently a Board Member of the Shelter House in Iowa City and volunteers her time locally with the Iowa City Community Schools.
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Andy Stoll
Co-Founder, NewBoCo
Andy Stoll is a social entrepreneur and media producer. He co-founded NewBoCo, Seed Here Studio, The Iowa Startup Accelerator, Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space and The Startup Champions Network, all organizations dedicated to building stronger communities of entrepreneurs and creatives. Andy previously co-founded The James Gang, a community-building creativity- and social entrepreneurial-incubator that was named the Iowa City Press Citizen ‘Person of the Year’, as the individual or group that had the largest impact on the community. Andy holds a BA in film production and a BBA in Business Management from The University of Iowa, as well as a Masters Degree in Media Cultures from The City University of Hong Kong. He is an adjunct faculty member at Cornell College in the Department of Economics and Business, where he teaches an intense, project-based, problem-centered, experiential course on entrepreneurship and making ideas happen. Andy recently completed a 4-year, 40-country solo trip-around-the-world, and moonlights as a photographer, sometimes chef and occasional cooking class instructor.
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