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Elevate Advisors

Connecting entrepreneurs with men and women who know Indiana’s business landscape and how to maximize opportunities.

What are Elevate Advisors?

Built to assist portfolio companies, our growing team of Elevate Advisors represents bright minds in business from across the state.

Successful current and former company founders
Corporate executives
Board members of market-leading companies
Investors experienced in achieving strategic exits

These men and women introduce entrepreneurs to people, knowledge and resources to help them grow.

Meet the advisors

Anil Bansal

Gloval Seven, Inc.

About Anil

Expert in product development, managing global businesses and forming strategic alliances, acquisitions, and joint ventures in the automotive, commercial and off-road vehicle industries.

Tim Braun

Xylem, Inc.

About Tim

Former Elevate Ventures EIR turned Enterprise Architect, leading new business development, sales, market strategy and government affairs with vast experience in startup tech companies.

David Broecker

Purdue Research Foundation • Zorion Medical

About David

An experienced life sciences executive with a passion for advancing innovations to the marketplace. As both an intra- and entrepreneur, he has led teams in a range of organizations, including multiple start-ups.

Christopher Clapp

Great Blue Ventures

About Christopher

A senior leader in high-growth, enterprise technology businesses, focused on strategic vision and organizational architecture critical for a company’s long-term success.

Dan Dawes

AgriNovus Indiana

About Dan

Experienced in business leadership, project management, and 30+ years in marketing and sales to help clients achieve their business objectives.

Max Duarte

Genève-Rhône Capital Management, LLC

About Max

Accomplished international executive leader, operational strategist, and trusted advisor with over 20 years of experience in private equity, international business, risk management and mitigation.

Michael Earley

Sky Trace Ventures

About Michael

Diversified executive having held numerous senior executive positions including CEO, COO, and Vice President in both small and large enterprises.

Fritz French

Kovina Therapeutics, Inc.

About Fritz

Experience as CEO of multiple biopharmaceutical and life science startups, with additional experience serving in marketing, sales, and general management positions.

Irena Goloschokin

Copper Mountain Technologies

About Irena

A highly strategic, results-driven leader with 15+ years’ technology experience who has successfully implemented targeted business strategies and achieved sustainable results.

Barbara Kew


About Barbara

Retired CEO and CIO in both the startup and public arenas with a passion for seeing young entrepreneurial companies succeed.

Karl Koehler

Indiana Economic Development Corporation

About Karl

Science & technology thought leader with in-depth technical review experiences in life sciences, technology, energy and manufacturing.

Brian Kopp

SpeechVive, Inc.

About Brian

Experienced professional seeking to provide CFO level insights and leadership to startups, other transforming businesses, and investors seeking to better understand and prosper in Animal Health.

Wade Lange

Purdue Research Foundation

About Wade

Experienced entrepreneurial business executive skilled in leading and growing businesses, with extensive success in pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare companies.

Tim Maginn

Greenlight Guru

About Tim

A veteran of several successful tech startups, with experience building organizations, scaling teams and processes, integrating operations, and working with financial partners to drive growth organically and through acquisition.

Kevin Martin

About Kevin

C-suite executive with over 25 years of experience, focused on growing small and middle market companies.

Bill McConnell


About Bill

Senior leader with extensive experience in multiple sectors, from startups to international corporations, holding CEO, CIO, and other executive positions.

Thomas Millay

About Thomas

B2B software executive focused on helping SaaS companies to develop a successful go-to-market strategy, find product market fit and build business model fit.

John Miller

About John

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of launching startups from the idea phase, raising capital, growth execution, scaling for growth and a successful exit sale to a publicly traded company.

Jane Niederberger

The Center for Performing Arts

About Jane

Successful healthcare executive and angel investor who appreciates the importance of strong operations and meaningful data.

Monty Riffer

The Riffer Group

About Monty

An accomplished senior-level executive with a proven track record in areas of business development, sales, product marketing and customer service in both startup and turnaround companies.

Thomas Shryock

Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC

About Thomas

Microbiologist with 28 years of advancing animal health pharmaceutical antimicrobial pipeline phases as well as authoring human food safety dossiers.

Tom Stone

TR Stone Consulting, LLC

About Tom

Automotive and aerospace executive who specializes in turnarounds, M&A and international business development.

Jenny Vance

Curvo Labs

About Jenny

Entrepreneur, sales and marketing expert, and organizational leader. Strategic problem-solver and new process creator helping companies scale results quickly.

Bob Vitoux

Ambassador Enterprises, LLC

About Bob

Senior investing leader with 30+ years of financial and general business experience.

Jim Zaloudeck

InterVision Systems

About Jim

Experienced executive responsible for multiple divisions during a period of significant growth including operational responsibilities with solid leadership and customer relationship experience.