LAUNCH PAD LEADERSHIP TEAM
Professor William Dougan - Director
Professor William Dougan has over 15 years of experience in teaching, training, consulting, advising and public service in venture development, management of technology and an entrepreneur. Dougan has also been involved in international teaching and research for over 15 years as an invited faculty member at universities in both France and China. He is published in the areas of decision theory, small firm technology strategy and entrepreneurial behavior. Dougan earned the prestigious Faculty Advisor of the Year award for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)and is one of the faculty advisors for the nationally acclaimed UW-Whitewater CEO chapter. Dougan is a co-founder and principal at Blackthorne. He earned his BBA and MS from the University of Kansas and PhD from Cornell University. Dougan is the "go to guy" for strategy, market analysis, business plan competitions, and he loves escaping to France.
Dave Gee - Director
Dave Gee has been the founder and CEO and serial entrepreneur. He led efforts to launch the companies and develop teams, and he orchestrated marketing and operations, secured $500k in funding and facilitated a partnership with Salesforce.com. Gee has over 25 years of Fortune 500 marketing and sales experience for recognized firms including BellSouth, Humana, Motorola, U.S. Cellular and TDS. He teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and digital marketing and sales management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a faculty advisor the nationally acclaimed UW-Whitewater Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. Gee co-founded, Classmunity, a K-12 fundraising management and crowdfunding SaaS firm. He also was the CEO & Founder of Bungee Loyalty Programs and Co-Founder of College Startup Funding. He earned his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his MBA from Marquette University. Gee thrives on "diving into the trenches" with students and rapidly moving from ideation to startup success. He loves mountain biking, boating and cooking-up his latest batch of home brew.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, zach oster - MENTOR, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Zach Oster is an assistant professor of computer science and the director of the Software Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As director of the SDC, Oster connects entrepreneurs and organizations that need affordable software or Web application development services with well-qualified student software developers. As a researcher, he works to improve requirements specification and verification for large, complex software development projects using automated preference reasoning. As a teacher and award-winning academic advisor, he guides students toward broadening their perspectives on the field of computer science and developing the professional skills needed to succeed in the software industry and in the wider world. Oster earned BA and BS degrees from South Dakota State University, followed by MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University. He loves to play his clarinet with groups like the Rock River Woodwind Quintet, the UW-Whitewater University Band, or the Fort Atkinson Community Band.