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Richelle Martin

Richelle Martin

Managing Director

Richelle is the Managing Director of the Winnow Fund, and will be responsible for seeking new investment opportunities. Prior to joining the Winnow Fund, she was a leader at UW-Madison’s Office of Industrial Partnerships. The University has an open portfolio of over $4 billion in research grants and contracts with industrial sponsors, with annual awards exceeding $1 billion. Richelle’s position provided a window to the areas on campus that interest private sector industry.

Richelle obtained a B.A. in Art History, Political Science, and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She went on to receive a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has experience assisting entrepreneurs, including individuals associated with UW-Madison, in forming companies, including preparation and filing of incorporation documents, and navigating intellectual property matters.

 

Ken Johnson

Member, Investment Committee

Ken is the Managing Director of Kegonsa Capital Partners, a Badger Fund of Funds I, LP partner. The Badger Fund has committed to invest forty cents in the Fund for every sixty cents in capital commitments from other investors. The Badger Fund intends to be the lead investor and invest up to a total of four million dollars in the Fund.  

Ken has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is originally from Oregon, Wisconsin.

Mike Thorson

Member, Investment Committee

Mike is the co-founder and Managing Director of Inventure Capital. Inventure Capital is a multi-asset class investment fund with a diverse portfolio ranging from tech startups to real estate developments.

He is also a current co-manager of Wisconsin Investment Partners. Mike is a graduate of West Point, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Economics, Politics, and Philosophy. He was a Lieutenant of Infantry in the Marines, and then embarked on a 16-year career in global finance, primarily in London and Tokyo, before returning to Wisconsin in 2010.

Brian Wiegand

Member, Investment Committee

Brian is an inventor, founder, and the entrepreneurial manager of six Wisconsin internet-based companies. His startups include BizFilings, which later sold to Wolters Kluwer; NameProtect.com, which was acquired by Corporation Services Company; Jellyfish.com, which was sold to Microsoft Corporation; and, Hopster, Inc., which was acquired by Inmar Inc. 

Brian obtained a degree in Economics from UW-Madison. He is the current Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Gravy Live, Inc. Brian also sits on the board of Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO), a publicly traded software company.

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