Phenomenelle Angels Fund




Marilyn Holt-Smith


Marilyn Holt-Smith, CFA, Chair
Marilyn Holt-Smith is President and Managing Director of Holt-Smith Advisors. She serves as Senior Portfolio Manager, Director of Marketing and as a member of the Equity Investment Committee. Before starting Holt-Smith in 1987, Marilyn was a Vice-President and Portfolio Manager for Madison Investment Advisors from 1979-1987 as well as an Officer and Director of Bascom Hill Funds. She received her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1985. Marilyn was an originator of SB Bancorp/Settlers Bank located in Deforest, WI. She currently serves as a Board member for the financial institution. Marilyn was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990, the President’s Award from Wisconsin Women Entrepreneur (WWE) in 1990, and the Member of the Year award from the Independent Business Association (IBA) in 1995. In 1993 Marilyn received the Dane County Small Business Award for distinguished service to the small business community. Marilyn was also the recipient of the 2003 NAWBO-Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year award and the 2003 Friends of the UW-Extension award. Marilyn has a BA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jan Eddy

Jan Eddy, Co-Chair
Jan Eddy brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial expertise and board leadership to the fund. Ms. Eddy was founder, president and CEO, Wingra Technologies, LLC, a Madison based software company, from 1990 until its acquisition by Quest Software, Inc. early in 2005.  Wingra was funded entirely by angel investments.  From 1983 until its sale to Software Publishing in 1988, Ms. Eddy was the president, CEO and Chairperson of Office Solutions, Inc, a venture-backed software company.  Ms Eddy remains involved in many business, non-profit, and economic development efforts in the state including directorships of DEMCO, First Business Financial Services, First Business Bank, Meriter Retirement Services, Wisconsin Technology Council and Collaboration Council.

Lauren Flanagan

Lauren  Flanagan

Lauren is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP. She brings 25 years experience in founding and operating early stage companies to the Fund. Lauren is focused on selecting prospective investments, leading due diligence, and working closely with portfolio company CEOs to help them achieve superior board governance, grow their businesses and craft lucrative exits.

Lauren also serves as CEO of SCIO Corp, which provides strategic advisory services to emerging companies in the IT, BioTech and CleanTech sectors. Previous to founding SCIO Corp, Lauren co-founded and was CEO of WebWare Corporation, a pioneer in Digital Asset Management and one of the first SaaS (Software as a Service) companies. She raised over $20 million in equity capital for WebWare, which was later acquired by a publicly traded company. During her 15 years of entrepreneurial experience prior to WebWare, she co-founded three technology companies and provided strategic consulting services to industry leaders such as Apple, HP, IBM, Microsoft, NeXT, Oracle, and Xerox.

A Springboard finalist in SV 2000, Lauren received Trailblazer Awards in 2000 and 2001 from the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. She was also awarded IT Software CEO of the Year for 2002 by leading analyst firm, Frost and Sullivan. BusinessWeek selected her as one of the Top 25 Angels in Tech in 2010.

Lauren is Chairman of the Board at HarQen Inc; serves on the Boards of Directors of Springboard Enterprises and Michelle’s Miracle Inc; and is a Board observer to EraGen BioSciences Inc. Lauren also serves on the Angel Capital Association's Syndication Committee. During her 10 year association with Springboard, she has been a significant contributor to the team that helped 400+ women-led companies raise $5 billion in equity. 7 of the Springboard companies have gone public. Many more have generated high value returns for their investors. 85% of the companies are still in business or continuing operations after being acquired. These 400 companies have generated $4 billion in revenues and created over 10,000 jobs. Springboard's record is unmatched by any other venture catalyst organization.

Joseph Hildebrandt

Joseph P. Hildebrandt

Joseph is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Phenomenelle Angels Fund. He brings over 30 years of extensive experience in business law, finance, securities and venture capital in New York and Wisconsin.

He is a Partner Emeritus at Foley & Lardner, LLP where he was founder and chair of the Emerging Companies/Venture Capital Team and founder/co-chair of the firm's Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice. In addition to representing and counseling high tech, biotech and other rapid growth companies and structuring over 350 private placement offerings, Joe has personally invested in over 80 private companies and has been a vice president of a small investment brokerage firm and a small hedge fund.

Joe is also co-founder and the Managing Director of DaneVest Tech Fund, and is a partner in Wisconsin Investment Partners. He was a co-organizer of the Wisconsin Governor’s Summits on Venture Capital and has participated in drafting Wisconsin legislation for partnership, corporation, LLC, tax credit and securities law. Joe earned a BS in Finance, Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and simultaneously earned his MBA from said institution along with his JD degree from Harvard Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors of Avid Ratings, Capitol Bank, Capitol Bankshares, Eso-Technologies, and Michelle's Miracle as well as being a board observer to TrafficCast International, and Stemina Biomarker Discovery.

Irene Hrusovsky

Irene Hrusovsky, M.D., Co-Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer of Madison-based EraGen Biosciences, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on Women's Health. Prior to coming to Madison, Dr. Hrusovsky served as Vice President of General Medicine/Medical Marketing Strategy/Clinical Operations at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Hrusovsky also spent over 20 years at Abbott Laboratories, holding executive management positions in Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Diagnostics, Licensing and Business Development, and in various entrepreneurial business ventures.

Leon Wilkosz

Leon Wilkosz
Mr. Wilkosz serves as President of DaneVest Capital LLC. Before joining DaneVest Capital, he was President and owner of Resource Consulting LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Wilkosz was President of Schweiger Furniture, Division of KCS International, Inc. Overall, Mr. Wilkosz has 25 years experience in managing, organizing and developing companies in various manufacturing, distribution and service industries such as United Parcel Service and Sunbelt Business Brokers. Mr. Wilkosz has spent the majority of his career with a focus on business planning, startups, business turn around and business mentoring. Mr. Wilkosz is a graduate of UW Madison and holds a business broker license.

Dedee Wojtal

Dedee Wojtal
Dedee Wojtal retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to co-found the Phenomenelle Angels Fund. At the University, she served as a writer and editor of publications focusing on the commercialization of research discoveries, growth and development of UW-Madison spin-off companies, and government initiatives supporting the State’s entrepreneurial activities. During her 28-year career at the University, Dedee was employed by the College of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center, and the Office of University Industry Relations. She was writer and editor of news releases, newsletters, news magazines, and special reports including CALS Report, Research Works for Wisconsin, UWBC BioUpdate, Wisconsin Bio Issues, UIR’s on-line High-Tech News, and contributing writer for "Creating High-Tech Business Growth in Wisconsin." Dedee is a media consultant for, and invests in, Wisconsin startup companies. She holds a B.S. degree in Natural Science Education and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Journalism—both from the UW-Madison.


Valerie H. Wulf
Valerie H. Wulf is President and Co-Manager of Midwest Venture Capital Managers, LLC. She is an attorney and has invested in and helped start private venture businesses for 18 years. Valerie previously practiced as an attorney with national law firms in San Diego and Chicago. She currently is an independent Senior Director of an international women's business organization. Valerie has extensive experience in mentoring women entrepreneurs. She has ranked in the top 10 of her national area for four consecutive years. She is a Board Member of the Madison Ballet and a Director for the GBO, Inc. charitable foundation. Valerie earned her BBA with Honors in Business and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She received her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Tom Voell

Thomas P. Voell currently is CEO and principal shareholder of ATL, a Wisconsin based manufacturer and principal shareholder of Custom Wire Technologies, a medical instrumentation manufacturer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the banking, financial and manufacturing industries. Prior to purchasing ATL and Custom Wire, he worked for First Wisconsin and Heritage Wisconsin Corporation and also owned his own accounting/financial management firm. He presently serves on numerous boards for both profit and non-profit organizations and is a member of the Marquette University Angel Network and the Wisconsin Investment Partners. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in finance and from The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


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