Troy Vosseller
Co-Founder
Managing Director, gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee

Troy is a Co-Founder of gener8tor and serves as the full-time Managing Director of gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee along with Joe Kirgues. Troy came to gener8tor from the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, a program providing free legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs, where he worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor/Supervising Attorney.

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Troy founded the most cliché student startup imaginable–a t-shirt company. It was a success, and today Sconnie Nation continues to market a line of apparel that focuses on celebrating the Wisconsin lifestyle.

Before discovering his love of startups, Troy held brief stints at Qualcomm and Intuit. He holds a BA, MBA and JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Joe Kirgues
Co-Founder
Managing Director, gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee

Joe is a Co-Founder of gener8tor and serves as the full-time Managing Director of gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee along with Troy Vosseller. Joe has worked with startups for nearly six years with a focus on seed and Series A stage companies.

Before choosing to have fun for a living, Joe worked at Quarles & Brady, where he focused his practice on private equity and venture capital. Joe received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. Joe received his BA from Marquette University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Joe worked as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the Honorable William E. Callahan, Jr., after graduating from law school.


Maggie Brickerman
Managing Director, gBETA

Maggie heads up gener8tor’s gBETA programs. gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.

Maggie came to gener8tor after ten years of working for Wisconsin political organizations and campaigns, where she gained extensive experience starting things from scratch, building high-functioning teams and managing big budgets.

A Wisconsin native, Maggie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.


Abby Taubner
Managing Director, gBETA

Abby heads up gener8tor's gBETA programs. gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.

Abby is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her BBA in Marketing. She initially joined the gener8tor team for two programs as an Associate where she worked directly with gener8tor’s startups making sales calls, creating content, filling sales funnels and developing marketing strategies.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Abby came on full-time and spent two years as gener8tor's Program Manager.


Sara Woldt
Director, Business Development
Co-Founder, OnRamp

As Director of Business Development, Sara executes the accelerator’s corporate and industry partnership strategy, as well as manages relationships with its sponsors, investors, key stakeholders and the media. She is also Co-Founder of the OnRamp Conference Series, an event that gives startups from across the country the opportunity to pitch their products and services, one-on-one, to established corporations.

Prior to joining the gener8tor team, Sara worked in private equity marketing a $20M portfolio of oil and gas investments. She also had the privilege to fundraise for several nonprofits and combat educational inequity through Teach For America.

She completed both her BA and MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing her studies on marketing and business development.


Clare da Silva
Associate Director, Business Development

Clare serves as Associate Director of Business Development, helping to cultivate the accelerator’s corporate and industry partnerships, and assisting in the management of relationships with gener8tor’s sponsors, investors, key stakeholders and the media. Clare also helps to coordinate the OnRamp Conference Series, an event that gives startups from across the country the opportunity to pitch their products and services, one-one-one, to established corporations.

Prior to joining the gener8tor team, Clare served as the Director of Development at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She also had the privilege of leading fundraising efforts at large-scale, progressive nonprofit organizations in Claremont, CA and Dallas, TX. Clare is a graduate of the University of Dallas, where she earned a BA in English Literature and Art History.


Louis Condon
Program Director, gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee

Louis serves as Program Director of gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee, where he helps recruit for, plan and manage each program.

Prior to joining the gener8tor team, Louis served as General Counsel and Partnership Manager for WCEPS, a non-profit that commercializes the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s educational innovations. Louis was previously Operations Manager and currently serves as an advisor for Madworks Accelerator, a grant-funded accelerator for early-stage, Wisconsin companies.

Between earning his BA and JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Louis served in the Peace Corps teaching English to university students in western China.


Eric Martell
Managing Director, gener8tor Minneapolis

Eric Martell serves as the full-time Managing Director of gener8tor Minneapolis. Eric is a true product of gener8tor; he co-founded EatStreet, a member of gener8tor's first accelerator cohort. After seven years of growing EatStreet, Eric moved to the other side of the table and joined the gener8tor team.

During Eric's tenure at EatStreet, the company raised $40M of private funding, expanded to power the online ordering of 15,000 restaurants nationwide and sold millions of pizzas, subs and wings to hungry people everywhere.

Eric received degrees in Computer Sciences and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. He was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2015.


Nhi Le
Director, gBETA Madison

Nhi heads up gener8tor's gBETA Madison program. gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.

Nhi brings years of experience with patenting and commercializing academic research to the gener8tor team. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology (BS in Materials Science and Engineering and BS in Biomedical Engineering), she moved to Madison to complete her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Over the past 10 years, Nhi has also worked extensively with underserved communities through nonprofit involvement with the Graduate Engineering Research ScholarsGates Millennium Scholars Program, and AmeriCorps Jumpstart.


Ben Stanley
Director, gBETA Milwaukee

Ben leads gener8tor's gBETA Milwaukee program. gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. 

Ben joined the gener8tor team after four years in journalism, during which he wrote in-depth stories about a variety of industries and issues, including government, business and healthcare. Most recently, Ben was a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee, where he wrote about startups and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin.

Ben studied English at Marquette University.


Sam Petre
Director, gBETA Beloit

Sam serves as Director of gBETA Beloit.  gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.

Prior to joining the gener8tor team, Sam spent fourteen years developing and evaluating design strategies relating to human interaction as an industrial designer. He helped develop workshop-based brand methodologies, assisted in the implementation of ground-breaking new product development theory, and holds multiple design patents for innovative product applications. These experiences and resources provide a clear vision to position gener8tor portfolio companies with practical, responsive, market-dominating solutions to the world's most intriguing problems.

Sam founded his first company when he was 10 years old, which ignited a desire to work in new product development. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati where he earned his BS, Design. Sam has worked in industries from toys to motorcycles, most recently as the Director of Research and Design for the legendary firm, Brooks Stevens.


Zac Tretow
Assistant Director, Business Development

As Assistant Director of Business Development, Zac helps to execute the accelerator’s corporate and industry partnership strategy. He also organizes the OnRamp Conference Series, an event that gives startups from across the country the opportunity to pitch their products and services, one-on-one, to established corporations.

Before joining gener8tor, Zac spent six years in Wisconsin and Washington D.C. working for various local and national political campaigns. Most recently, he was the Deputy Programming Director at Business Forward, a national business organization, where he helped organize events for small business leaders across the nation.

A Wisconsin native, Zac graduated from Marquette University in 2010.


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Mark McGuire
Venture Partner, gener8tor Minneapolis

Mark founded gener8tor's efforts in Minnesota is now a Venture Partner. Mark is an entrepreneur, advisor and startup investor. Over the past 20 years, he's co-founded four technology startups in a range of industries, and is currently working on a new startup called Gravy. Mark's previous successful exits include NameProtect.com (acquired in 2007 by Corporation Services Company) and Jellyfish.com (acquired in 2007 by Microsoft). Prior to joining gener8tor, Mark served as Entrepreneur in Residence at American Family Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of American Family Insurance.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.


Jon Eckhardt
Co-Founder

Jon Eckhardt is a Co-Founder of gener8tor. He is the Robert W. Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development, and the Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business in Madison, WI. Jon has also been a financial analyst for a mutual fund, an economic consultant and a student entrepreneur.

Jon is an award winning entrepreneurship educator and scholar. His statistical research projects involve the study of various aspects entrepreneurship, including firm formation, venture finance, initial public offerings, mentoring and mobile software. He has taught in undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive education programs and designed entrepreneurship programs for executives and scientists.

Jon has been quoted in publications on entrepreneurship practice and policy including The Economist. He has received several awards for his expertise in entrepreneurship including the prestigious $50,000 faculty fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.