StartingBlock Madison is proud to announce the appointment of eight new directors to its board as it prepares to open its doors next month. Along with immense leadership experience, the new directors bring national and regional representation to the Madison-area organization.

From accredited universities to major corporations and female driven businesses, the StartingBlock Board of Directors newest additions include a dynamic group of individuals:

Kelly Ehlers is Founder/President of Ideas That Evoke.  A pioneer in the social marketing space, Kelly founded Evoke in 2009 to offer innovative brand solutions at the speed of the marketplace. Since then, Evoke has earned national recognition from Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 as the #23 Fastest-Growing Marketing Agency in the Country and the #4 Fastest-Growing Private Company in WI in 2016.  Entrepreneur Magazine lists Evoke as on of the 360 Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America. Kelly contributes to Forbes and Inc. and is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. (LI)

Jackie DiMonte is a Senior Associate at Hyde Park Venture Partners.  She began her career as a consultant at Accenture in the Business & Technology practice.  There she focused on ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and SaaS enablement projects. After Accenture, she joined Silver Spring Networks, an IoT company for critical infrastructure and emerging smart city technology. She holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. (LI)

Kathleen Gallagher is Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a not-for-profit focused on advanced technologies and high-growth businesses.  She is also a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who covered technology, entrepreneurship and investments for over two decades for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and co-author of “One In A Billion.” (LI)

Max Lynch is the co-founder and CEO of Ionic, Madison-based creator of mobile app development technology used by millions of developers around the world. Max graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Computer Science, was listed as Forbes’ 30 Under 30, and is a fan of football (soccer), film photography, and trying to learn math. (LI)

Scott Resnick is the Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Design & Development, a nationally recognized web application and product development firm. For the last 10 years, Scott has provided technical services to companies like Mercedes Benz, Coleman Campers, and Sony Interactive. Scott was a two-term member of the Madison City Council and served on the Plan Commission and Economic Development Committee.  Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. (LI)

Troy Vosseller Troy Vosseller is the Co-Founder of gener8tor – a nationally ranked, concierge startup accelerator. Prior to launching gener8tor, Troy served as a Clinical Assistant Professor/Supervising Attorney at the UW Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic and founded Sconnie Nation. Troy earned a BA, MBA and JD, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (LI)

Keith Witek is Associate General Counsel and Director of Business Development for Tesla. Prior to Tesla, Keith worked at Advanced Micro Devices where he managed corporate strategy, new business ventures, corporate strategic alliances, business development, M&A and asset deals, corporate R&D, IP strategy and AMD Ventures’ strategic investments.  He also worked in the Technology Transactions Group of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Motorola; and Gould Electronics. Keith graduated from UW-Madison with a double major in Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also has a law degree from the University of Texas. (LI)

Forrest Woolworth has been a champion of all things entrepreneurial in Madison and a leader in our startup community. He is COO of PerBlue, a mobile gaming startup company started from a college apartment that now employs 40 people and entertains millions around the world. Forrest is also the Co-Founder of Capital Entrepreneurs, on the organizing committee for the Forward Festival, and a founding member of the Wisconsin Games Alliance. Forrest graduated from UW-Madison in 2009 with a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. (LI)

As a Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, I’m most passionate about ensuring students and young professionals are given the tools and opportunities to create a stronger, more innovative Midwest,” said Keith Witek, one of the new board members at StartingBlock. “I’m excited to join the board of directors and contribute to the local ecosystem to drive entrepreneurial growth and to ultimately, make Madison a hub of cutting-edge innovation.

Committed to organically building an entrepreneurial ecosystem from the ground up, the team has employed an open and inclusive model throughout StartingBlock’s development and continues to welcome input and involvement from a variety of entities throughout the community.

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