The Fund is operated by Phenomenelle Angels Management,
LLC (the “General Partner”), comprised of three members:
Midwest Venture Capital Managers, LLC, represented by Joe Hildebrandt,
Tiffany Wilke and Valerie Wulf; SCIO Corp., represented by Lauren
Flanagan, and Press Room, LLC, represented by Dedee Wojtal.
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 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
Tiffany W. Wilke brings 14 years of business experience, including
10 years in venture capital management to her role with the
fund. She is CEO and co-Manager of Midwest Venture Capital
Managers, LLC, one of the three members of the General Partner.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison,
with a BBA with distinction, in Finance, Tiffany worked four
years with Andersen Consulting in Chicago as a Process and
Senior Consultant. She then co-founded Midwest Venture Capital
Management and Midwest Hospitality as Executive Vice President,
working with start-up businesses in structuring and raising
venture capital and then continuing with management contracts
for a number of those entities.
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
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.