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Northwestern University, MA
Project Management
Brown University, BS

Current Companies

CEO and Co-Founder
Managing Director, TechStars Chicago

Former Companies

Founder and President
Director of Technology

Current Financial Organizations

Managing Member

Former Financial Organizations

Faculty Advisor

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Troy Henikoff

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.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Next Big Sound 1/2012Series A$6.5M4
Mocavo 9/2011Venture Round$1M7
Next Big Sound 12/2009Seed$1M6



  1. Another Data Play: The Next Big Sound Raises $6.5 Million From IA Ventures And Foundry ( [edit]
  2. Mocavo Raises $1 Million To Build Its Ancestry-Centric Search Engine ( [edit]
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