CEO & Co-Founder of Nordic to Keynote gener8tor's Madison Launch Day Event

MADISON – Nationally recognized healthcare IT expert and entrepreneur, Mark Bakken, willkeynote gener8tor’s Launch Day event April 3, as five startup companies pitch their businesses to potential investors.

The event will feature companies that have completed gener8tor’s Madison Winter 2014 accelerator program, which provides funding, mentorship, and training for high-tech entrepreneurs. The program culminates with a Premiere Night event where each entrepreneur pitches their company to an audience of potential investors.

Bakken, who is the CEO & Co-Founder of Nordic, will speak from his entrepreneurial experience as the keynote speaker for the event. Mark is an experienced IT executive and seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of IT consulting experience. As Nordic’s co-founder, he combined his passion for business with a vision of delivering superior IT consulting to the healthcare industry. Mark has grown Nordic from its first consultant in early 2010, to a #1 ranked KLAS organization with more than 350 consultants today.

Prior to founding Nordic, Mark started, grew and sold two companies. He was CEO, president and founder of Goliath Networks, a firm that Inc. Magazine, ranked 97th of the 500 fastest growing companies in the US, from 1993-2001. Mark has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The companies to be featured at the Premiere Night event:

Edison DC Systems Entrepreneur: John Meinecke Edison DC Systems (EDCS) captures the energy savings of direct current (DC) over alternating current (AC) while addressing space and scalability costs transitionally associated with DC systems. EDCS’s patent pending, modular AC to DC converter racks deliver more power more efficiently to IT server equipment. EDCS improves system reliability and increases operator safety. EDCS’s proprietary technology is the only direct current solution that can be implemented at a rack, row, or entire building level.

Review Trackers Entrepreneur: Chris Campbell Review Trackers monitors online reviews and manages reputations for multi-location businesses. It currently has over 3,000 paying locations using their software. With Review Trackers you can track, analyze and facilitate consumer-generated reviews from over 50 major review sites. Powered by proprietary data collection technology, the Review Trackers’ platform helps enterprises and multi-location businesses to listen, manage and respond to what their customers are saying online. Driblet Labs Entrepreneur: Rodolfo Ruiz Driblet Labs provides smart water management solutions via the Driblet Smart Water Meter. The Driblet measures water flow and temperature in real-time. Driblet's data is accessible through mobile and web applications. The Driblet API provides industrial and commercial customers unique insights into their on-site liquid use.

Men’s Style Lab Entrepreneur: Derian Baugh Men’s Style Lab provides an online concierge clothing service for men who do not like to shop. Customers receive hand-selected clothing at an affordable price that is customized to their lifestyle, budget, and size, without leaving the comfort of their home. LivBlends Entrepreneur: Matthew Udomphol LivBlends is the “Keurig machine for smoothies.” The single serve pods come pre-packaged with fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts - insert a pod into the machine, blend and you're ready to go. No need to source, clean, cut, and measure ingredients. LivBlends is the convenient way to enjoy healthy, great tasting smoothies.

Launch Day event details:

Thursday, April 3 5:00-9:00 pm

Barrymore Theatre 2090 Atwood Ave Madison, WI 53704

Ticketing for the event is by invitation and request. Please address any inquiries to