Troy Henikoff is the CEO and Co-founder of Excelerate, a seed stage accelerator in Chicago. Additionally he teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, is on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and an advisor to Hyde Park Angels. His last 25 years have been spent starting, running and advising early stage technology companies.
Prior to Excelerate, Troy was the CEO of OneWed.com, a wedding website that provides the largest online database of wedding vendors, detailed ratings and reviews and a smart, unique voice for wedding planning tips and advice. Troy was also the President of Amacai, a consumer and business data supplier. Previously, Troy co-founded SurePayroll.com, now the largest Internet based payroll company in the country. Prior to SurePayroll, Troy built the technology for Jellyvision (creators of “You Don’t Know Jack!” ) and his first company was Specialized Systems and Software, which focused on creating custom database applications.
Troy has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Brown University and a Masters Degree in Project Management from Northwestern.
Mar 1, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
Feb 1, 2013 - Current (over 3 years)
2012 - Current (over 4 years)
CEO and Co-Founder
2010 - Current (over 6 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Jan, 2014||TradingView||$650k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2012||SpotHero||$2.5M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2012||Next Big Sound||$6.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2011||Mocavo||$1M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2011||BabbaCo (acquired by Barefoot Books in 2014)||$1.2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2009||Next Big Sound||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep 14, 2016||Business Wire - Prota Ventures Launches Startup Rocket to Assist Pre-Funded Entrepreneurs|
|Jun 9, 2016||Points and Figures - From Corporate to Startup|
|May 2, 2016||Built in Chicago - The best 5 Chicago tech events to check out this week|
|Mar 18, 2016||Mattermark - Mattermark Daily – Thursday, March 17th, 2016|
|Mar 14, 2016||Built in Chicago - Check out Chicago's top 5 events this week|
|Mar 7, 2016||Tech Cocktail - Startups: You Need to Make Sales a Priority|
|Jan 28, 2016||Built in Chicago - Tech roundup: TurboAppeal gets $3M boost, ParkWhiz's Series C, & more|
|Aug 25, 2015||Tech Cocktail - Dabble, KnowledgeHound, and Caysh Win Chicago Startup of the Year|