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Meet the Fellows for the 2023 Summit Credit Union Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs

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StartingBlock, Summit Credit Union and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announce seven participating companies for 2023 Cohort of the “Summit Credit Union Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs”.

StartingBlock, Madison’s startup hub and Summit Credit Union, one of the leading credit unions in Wisconsin welcome seven women entrepreneurs into the 2023 cohort of the "Summit Credit Union Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs," an initiative designed to support, empower, and catalyze the growth of women entrepreneurs in the region.

"We are thrilled to welcome seven amazing entrepreneurs to the StartingBlock family of companies" said Scott Mosley, Executive Director of StartingBlock Madison. "The Summit Credit Union Fellowship is an amazing opportunity to support women as they pursue their entrepreneurial endeavor. We are thrilled to work with Summit to offer this experience to this year’s cohort.”

Meet the 2023 Summit Credit Union Fellows:

  1. Aundrea Booker / Tre-Azure /

  2. Amy Calder / Golden Innovation Group /

  3. Padmini Chintakayala / Nommli /

  4. Sara Kraemer / Blueprint for Engineering /

  5. Shelby Olstad / Miggy's Bakes /

  6. Nicole Vafadari / Doret Consulting /

  7. Jerina Vincent / JNJ Gifts and More /

“We want to encourage women to grow their businesses as they build their own financial security,” said Summit CEO & President Kim Sponem. “In this fellowship, we’re partnering with an amazing group of women to take their businesses to the next level by providing guidance beyond their financial needs. Whether they need help with accounting, marketing, community networking, or business plan development, we will be with them every step of the way.”

The Fellowship began on Nov 1, 2023 and runs through Oct 31, 2024. During the year at StartingBlock, Fellows will receive mentorship and coaching about multiple components of their businesses from both StartingBlock staff and Summit Credit Union Executives.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is a generous supporter of the Summit Credit Union Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs.

Summit Credit Union background

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds 6.8 billion in assets and has more than 252,000 members and 967 employees across 57 locations throughout Wisconsin. Since 2002, Kim Sponem has been CEO & President of Summit Credit Union, formerly known as CUNA Credit Union/Great Wisconsin Credit Union.      


Recognized for its excellence in employee engagement, in 2021, 2022 and 2023 Summit was named both a Top Workplace in the USA by Top Workplaces USA and a Top Workplace in the Madison area by the Wisconsin State Journal. In 2023 it has added a Top Workplace award in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.     


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About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation:

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the State of Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency.

About StartingBlock Madison:

StartingBlock - Madison’s Startup Hub is the epicenter for entrepreneurship in Madison, Wisconsin. With a mission to support startups, foster innovation, and drive economic growth, it offers state-of-the-art workspace, mentorship, networking opportunities and resources to emerging businesses.


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