Wisconsin’s gener8tor Accelerator Is Expanding Into Minneapolis


gener8torWisconsin-based tech accelerator gener8tor is making a move into the Minneapolis tech scene this summer, say founders Troy Vosseller and Joe Kirgues.

Their expansion begins with “no equity pre-accelerator” gBETA program starting in fall with their signature accelerator planned for the summer of 2017 — contingent upon raising sufficient capital beween now and then.

gener8tor was formed in 2012 with major backing from American Family Insurance to invest seed stage in high-growth software,  IT, web, SaaS, e-commerce and hardware startups.

Cohorts for both gBETA and the accelerator program are capped at 5 startups per; accepted accelerator startups receive up to $140K and 12 weeks of mentorship-driven programming.

To date, 42 gener8tor alums have cumulatively raised more than $75M in follow-on financing. Of these 42 alums, 3 have failed, 79% have raised more than $250K in follow-on financing and  45% have gone on to raise more than $1M in follow-on financing or have been acquired.

Three Minnesota startups have participated in gener8tor’s accelerator over the years: Docalytics (acquired by Contently in March), Prescribe Nutrition, and Player’s Health.

gener8tor has recruited 4X serial entrepreneur and AmFam EIR Mark McGuire as Managing Director of gener8tor in Minneapolis, who will be officially moving here next month.


McGuire attended Law School at the University of Minnesota and has since experienced “a few wins and a few losses” on his own entrepreneurial journey.

The sale of Jellyfish.com to Microsoft in 2007 for~$50m is his most notable financial success in the arena.

“I’m very excited about coming to Minnesota to help the cause around these entrepreneurs and scratch my own professional itch with this next chapter. There’s great momentum and energy in the Twin Cities right now, we see tremendous opportunity to be here and join the ecosystem,” McGuire says of his new role.



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  • Frank Jaskulke

    Great news and welcome to Minnesota! Thank you for your support.

  • http://pmeenan.com Patrick Meenan

    Joe/Troy/Mark are all great people – strong add to our community

  • Dave Mao

    Welcome Mark! This is exactly the kind of thing we need here in MN. Looking forward to working with you!

  • Daren Cotter

    Awesome news! Looking forward to chatting Mark.

  • http://about.me/chuckumentary Chuckumentary

    Huge news for the MN startup scene! Had a great chat with Mark last week- impressive guy.