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Managing Member at FireStarter Fund
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Brown University, Northwestern University

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Troy Henikoff is Managing Director of TechStars Chicago, formerly Excelerate Labs, 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, 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, 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.

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