Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 13, 2014
The seed-stage technology accelerator, elmspring, is proud to announce the addition of Dan Lyne to their Board of Advisors. Lyne is a Senior Vice President within the Global Technology & Media Practice at CBRE, Inc. He was also a co-founder on the team that launched 1871, Chicago’s center for digital start-ups and the home of the elmspring accelerator.
Lyne has a wide-ranging career including the management of corporate relocation and expansion projects, and various entrepreneurial and civic ventures. Notably, he was the founding Executive Director and remains an active member of ChicagoNEXT, a council formed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “further Chicago’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship and to engage Chicago’s thriving technology industry.”
“To count Dan among our advisors is an honor,” said elmspring CEO Thomas Bretz. “Our goal is to make elmspring the nation’s premier tech accelerator serving Real Estate and related fields. A critical component of meeting that goal is to assemble a world-class team of advisors who can guide our start-ups to success. Dan is a leader not only in several professional disciplines pertinent to our goals, but a leader in the Chicago’s tech and entrepreneurial communities.”
Lyne joins a team of thought leaders providing entrepreneurship education and advocacy to participants in the elmspring accelerator: Scott Brandwein, an Executive VP at CBRE; Venture capitalist Bob Geras; Marketing leader Bill Haljun; Real Estate strategist and NAWBO Chicago president Emily Smith; and Elliot Richardson, Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council.
The elmspring accelerator serves selected tech start-ups through a fast-tracked three month business program. In addition to privileged access to advisors like Lyne, the participants receive seed funding, access to a large group of professional mentors, high-tech office space, and marketing, business and administrative support.
On joining the advisory team, Lyne stated, “The elmspring accelerator will further enhance efforts to build an influential tech community in Chicago. I am looking forward to being a part of their team and to see new and innovative technologies take root in the real estate sector.”
Candidate companies, mentors, and investors looking for more information about the elmspring accelerator should contact Colleen O’Toole, Executive Director, at cotoole(at)elmspringchicago(dot)com.