Excelerate Lab Mentors

Ellen Carnahan

Ellen Carnahan

Principal
Machrie Enterprises LLC
http://www.machrieenterprises.com

A venture capitalist with over 20 years of success as co-manager and lead technology investor at William Blair Capital Partners (WBCP), Ellen provides angel capital, expertise and extensive connections to growth businesses and VC funds. She serves as a Sr. Advisor to three funds, including the I2A Fund: co-founder of Excelerate and a seed/early stage venture capital fund financing the next wave of companies in the region. She has been a director of 25 public & private companies, currently working with three. Prior to joining WBCP, she was Vice President of Marketing at SPSS (analytical software) and held management roles in financial services. Passionate about the community, she serves(d) on numerous boards including the Illinois Venture Capital Association (2010 Chair), the State of Illinois Technology Development Fund and The Metropolitan Planning Council. She graduated as salutatorian from the University of Notre Dame, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago.