Speakers

Tyler Kennedy

Tyler Kennedy

Tyler Kennedy had entrepreneurship in his blood at a young age. He started a yacht detailing company before he could drive and had a team of 4 by the time he sold the company when he graduated from UW-Madison. That same year, Tyler co-founded Fetch Rewards and won $150k in cash and office space from business plan competitions across the country. Since then, Fetch has grown to nearly 800 employees and raised more than $500m at a $2.8bn valuation. Tyler was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list and is still with Fetch as the VP of Operations.

Maggie Brickerman

Maggie Brickerman

Maggie Brickerman is a Partner at gener8tor, venture capital firm and startup accelerator founded in Wisconsin. Since joining gener8tor in 2014, Maggie has worn many hats. She co-founded gener8tor’s gBETA program, a free accelerator which today operates in 30+ cities. She supervised the growth of gener8tor’s flagship investment accelerator from three cohorts per year to 20+. Maggie now leads the team that runs gener8tor’s OnRamp Conference Series.

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. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Maggie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin in 2008.

Rachel Neill

Rachel Neill

Rachel Neill is the founder and CEO of Carex Consulting. Carex is redefining the staffing industry and specializes in placing candidates in health care, insurance, startups, biotech, pharma, chemical, agriculture, energy, and environmental. Built from the ground up, Carex currently has 20 employees. A serial entrepreneur, Rachel has recently started Figgy – the ultimate playset, thoughtfully designed for building forts and allowing kids’ imagination to shine. Rachel is active in the Madison startup community and has held board seats at numerous companies including the United Way of Dane County, Maydm, and 100state.

Kyle LaFond

Kyle LaFond

Kyle LaFond is the Founder of American Provenance. Kyle started his career as a wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources but later transitioned into teaching middle school science. During his years as an educator he became passionate about encouraging his students to use safe, natural personal care products. This led to the launch of American Provenance from a renovated machine shed on his family’s 4th generation dairy farm.

Kyle is always willing to share his experiences and has continued to help and mentor startup founders across the country.

Outside of his entrepreneurial pursuits Kyle likes to volunteer and now serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of PBS Wisconsin and Tri-4-Schools.

In his free time Kyle likes to work on various projects around his family farm. On nice weekends you can find him hiking or fishing on some of Wisconsin’s wonderful public properties.

Luke Bonney

Luke Bonney

Luke Bonney has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Redox, which connects vendors and providers organizations to exchange healthcare data. He previously held roles at Epic and SilverKey Technologies. Luke holds a BS in Neuroscience and Behavior and Business from Cornell University.

Mark Bakken

Mark Bakken

The epitome of an entrepreneur, Mark has seen the peaks and valleys of starting, operating, and assuming the risks of a new venture. He’s come up against payroll, had a few bad hires, and even swept the floors early on. Collectively, Mark’s companies have done over $360 million in sales and raised more than $38 million in venture capital, and he has successfully bought and/or sold eight companies.

Among Mark’s previous companies is Nordic Consulting Partners, the industry leader in EHR consulting services to organizations using Epic. As CEO Mark helped Nordic achieve a #1 in KLAS ranking, where it has remained since 2012. Nordic now has over 700 consultants working across 44 states. In 2014, the company was recognized as the 46th fastest growing company in the U.S.

Prior to his time at Nordic, Mark founded Goliath Networks. He grew it to #97 on the Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies list and sold that company in 2002. Mark has worked with Eric Schmidt on Novell’s Partner Advisory Group, and was also asked by Bill Gates to serve on Microsoft’s first Partner Advisory Council, which he did from 2001 to 2007.

A Badger at heart, Mark grew up in the Milwaukee area before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which he holds a degree in computer science.

Host

Joseph Dahari

Joseph Dahari

Joseph graduated from Wisconsin School of Business and went on to work in finance in SF, NYC, LA and Chicago before returning to Madison. Since returning to Madison, he has been working with early stage startups in the for profit and non-profit worlds for over a decade. He co-founded 100state in 2013 and served as the organization’s first Executive Director. After leaving 100state, Joseph went on to be the Head of Sales at Fetch Rewards and then the Chief Revenue Officer at GrocerKey, before returning to the ED role at 100state in 2021.