Scott Mosley, Executive Director
Scott joined the StartingBlock Madison team as the Executive Director in December 2022. Scott was most recently Chief Operating Officer of CODAworx. He supported significant revenue expansion for the company by expanding its flagship event series and launching a marketplace for art that sells works from some nation’s premier public artists. Prior to that, Scott was Director of Investments for The Water Council, where he raised capital to support the growth of a water technology ecosystem that supports small companies from around the world. Scott has also served as Director of Capital at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Scott and his wife run a CSA for vegetables and cut flowers in the summer.
Contact: ScottMosley@StartingBlockMadison.org (LI)
Leslie Weissburg, Director of Operations
Leslie joined the StartingBlock Madison team as the Operations Manager in June 2022. Leslie has been a serial entrepreneur and a resource and champion within the Madison startup community. Professionally, she enjoys creating and improving company culture. Outside of work, you can find her at the Madison Farmers Markets, cooking and all things outdoors, especially in the summer.
Contact: Leslie@StartingBlockMadison.org (LI)
Luke Fuszard, Interim Director of Business Development
Prior to StartingBlock, Luke spent ten years in the tech startup space as a salesperson, manager, and channel developer. Originally from Green Bay, Luke is a seventh-generation Wisconsinite and a proud Packer season ticket holder.
Contact: Luke@StartingBlockMadison.org (LI)
Mark Richardson, Co-Chair
Mark is CEO and founder of GigBlender, a software tool that allows employers to incorporate their diversity values when finding and attracting talent. Mark is also President of Unfinished Business, which helps professionals prepare for, navigate, and accelerate career transition. Before stepping into entrepreneurship, Mark served as Vice President of Workforce Development at the Urban League, Division Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Housing and Community Development program, and Deputy Secretary for Wisconsin Department of Tourism. (LI)
Laura Strong, Co-Chair
Laura is Clinical Development Director at Exact Sciences. She previously founded of Propagate Health, a problem-oriented innovation network built around a core of advisors & entrepreneurs from healthcare, life sciences, & technology and started and led a cancer drug development company that advanced a drug into a Phase I clinical trial in patients. Laura is also an Adjunct Professor at the UW-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health. She has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (LI)
Scott Forester, Treasurer
Scott is a “fractional CFO” through his company ThinkForward CFO providing services to start-ups and growing entrepreneurial companies in need of a CFO but not on a full time basis. Previously Scott was the CFO for Punchkick Interactive. Scott was also CFO for other entrepreneurial companies including Tiger Toys (creator of Furby) and has sold four of them to Hasbro, Heinz, Mondelez and Wipfli. He works at StartingBlock and has enjoyed getting to know the Madison entrepreneurial tech start-up community. Scott is a CPA and has a MS and BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Scott joined the StartingBlock Board in August 2019. (LI)
Our Current Board Of Directors
Prior to starting LÜM, Fergus was one of the few students admitted to the UW-Madison school of business as an incoming freshman. Through college, Max worked in Shanghai, China as a financial analyst for a healthcare and life science venture capital firm and for Leerink Partners in San Francisco as an analyst in their investment banking division. With an undeniable passion for entrepreneurship, Fergus decided to forgo his offer starting at the healthcare investment banking division for Rothschild & Co in New York after graduation to pursue his dreams in business with LÜM. (LI)
estate website in the Philippines to Rocket Internet. Since moving to the Milwaukee area, Ed has been consulting local companies in Marketing and Sales Strategies, mentored startups and co-organized Milwaukee’s first Startup Week. Ed received a master’s degree in International Marketing from Depaul University-Kellstadt in Chicago and his BA in Economics from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. (LI)
Doyenne Group: building entrepreneurial ecosystems that invest in the power and potential of women entrepreneurs.
Capital Entrepreneurs: peer-to-peer network bringing 300+ entrepreneur members together to learn, share and collaborate.
Wisconsin Games Alliance: is a local network of game studios, independent developers, faculty, investors, and regional economic development agencies.