Excelerate Lab Mentors

Zach Kaplan

Zach Kaplan (@zkaplan)

Inventables, Inc

Zach Kaplan co-founded InventablesTM in 2002 an online hardware store for R&D. In 2009 True Ventures invested in Inventables. Kaplan has spoken on product development and innovation to audiences at conferences across the country, including the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference (TED), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, National Plastics Exposition, Sensors Expo & Conference and the International Housewares Show. And, his work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. In 2006 he was honored by Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry as a Modern Leonardo da Vinci. Prior to Inventables he created Lever Works, a custom web application and hosting company that sold to Leo Media, a multimedia firm, in 2001. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.