Mentors 

Excelerate mentors are the best at what they do. They have founded or invested in numerous successful ventures. These mentors will share their wisdom and experience with the Excelerate community.

  • Mark Achler, Redbox
  • Ben Aissa, American EPAY Inc.
  • Phil Alphonse, Sterling Partners
  • Jeff Bennett, Merrick Ventures
  • Dave Blanchard, IDEO
  • Tony Bombacino
  • Joe Born, Neuros Technology
  • Michael Burke, AppSavvy
  • Raman Chadha, Depaul University
  • Kapil Chaudhary, I2A Fund
  • Leon Chism, Analyte Media
  • Lon Chow, Apex Venture Partners
  • Martin Clifford, Sittercity
  • Chris Conn, MightyNest
  • Linda Darragh, Chicago Booth
  • Jan Davis
  • George Deeb, Red Rocket
  • Matt Downs, Sandbox Industries
  • Joe Dwyer, OCA Ventures
  • Kevin Efrusy, Accel Partners
  • Harry Eschel, Research In Motion
  • Mike Evans, GrubHub
  • Jason Felger, Redbox
  • Brian Fields, Tribune Company
  • Mike Folgner, JumpCut
  • Constance Freedman, Second Century Ventures
  • Mike Gaiss, Highland Capital Partners
  • Mike Gamson, LinkedIn
  • Blair Garrou, DFJ Mercury
  • Lindsay Gaskins, Marbles
  • Joshua A. Gerlick, EA Devices
  • Aziz Gilani, DFJ Mercury
  • Mark Glennon, Ninth Street Advisors
  • Brian Gorbett, Microsoft
  • Harry Gottlieb, Jellyvision
  • David Gould, Resolution Media
  • Dayna Grayson, Northbridge
  • Doug Grimsted, Aginity
  • Joel Grossman, LeapFrog Online
  • Frank Gruber, Tech Cocktail
  • Sam Guren, Hyde Park Angels
  • Kristin Hackney, 7Summits
  • Anna Haghgooie, Sandbox Industries
  • Brian Hand, Timelines
  • Mac Harman, Balsam Hill
  • Jason Heltzer, OCA Ventures
  • Troy Henikoff, SurePayroll
  • Brent Hill, Twitter
  • Fred Hoch, Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
  • John Hoesly, Prism Fund
  • Jeff Hoffman, Colorjar
  • Dan Howell, Mesirow Financial Venture Group
  • Zach Kaplan, Inventables
  • Brad Keywell, Lightbank
  • Marc Kiven, BrightTag
  • Adam Koopersmith, New World Ventures
  • Alex Kormushoff
  • Tim Krauskopf, Spyglass
  • Amanda Lannert, Jellyvision
  • Stuart Larkins, Twin Capital
  • Paul H. Lee, Lightbank
  • Bart Loethen, Synergy Law Group
  • Tom Loverro
  • Michael Lyons, Image Advantage
  • David Marco, Enterprise Warehousing Solutions
  • Sean Marsh, Point Judith Capital
  • Devin Mathews, Chicago Growth Partners
  • Bret Maxwell, MK Capital
  • Matt McCall, New World Ventures
  • Matt Moog, Viewpoints
  • Brad Morehead, SafeMart
  • Jeffrey Moss, ETS
  • Brendan Mulligan, Artist Data
  • Tom Neustaetter, JK&B Capital
  • Brian O’Malley, Battery Ventures
  • Thea Polancic, ClearSpace
  • Dan Ratner, Sittercity
  • Harper Reed
  • Nik Rokop, IIT Stuart Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Nick Rosa, Sandbox Industries
  • Jason Rosenberg, Sterling Partners
  • Steve Sanger, GrubHub
  • Dan Scholnick, Trinity Ventures
  • Reese Schroeder, Motorola Ventures
  • Tasha Seitz, JK&B Capital
  • Marc Sokol, JK&B Capital
  • Matt Spiegel, Omnicom
  • Julie Springer, Marketing Consulting
  • Seth Sternberg, Meebo
  • Chuck Templeton, OpenTable
  • Genevieve Thiers, Sittercity
  • Lynn Tsoflias
  • Drew Turitz, Sandbox Industries
  • Gary Vaynerchuck, WineLibrary.tv
  • Tom Weigman,
  • John Weinlader, Superior Tech
  • Ira Weiss, Hyde Park Angels
  • Pete Wilkins, New Futuro
  • Kevin Willer, Google
  • Kirk Wolfe, MK Capital
  • Craig Wortmann, Chicago Booth
  • Sam Yagan, OKCupid
  • Harry Zoberman, CDW