Katie Sowa

Senior Director, Startups


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Katie Sowa is Senior Director, Startups for Future Founders. In this role, she leads Future Founders Startup, a dynamic platform that engages, equips and empowers collegiate entrepreneurs.

Prior to Future Founders, Katie was the Director of Operations for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), a collegiate entrepreneurship network with chapters on hundreds of university campuses across North America. She helped to revitalize the organization and grow national conferences that brought together 1,200+ college students, faculty and top entrepreneurs.

Before CEO, Katie was recruited to manage the finances and establish company-wide processes for iRepairSquad, a former multi-million dollar electronic refurbishing startup (now V3RGE). She was previously a technology commercialization consultant for the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center and the Bradley University Technology Commercialization Center, specializing in market research for clients and assisting with the management and construction of the building.

Katie received her M.B.A. from DePaul University and graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University with a B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration.