Advisory Board Chair
Lauren Bigelow, CEO, Growth Capital Network
Lauren has served as the CEO of the Growth Capital Network (GCN) since 2010. With this platform, Lauren and her team have managed programs for the innovation and entrepreneurial community including the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, the Midwest Green Technology Entrepreneur Academy and the Midmarket Capital Survey. GCN also provides strategy, analytic, and evaluative services to the foundation and non-profit community for measuring impact and ROI.
Lauren Bigelow has spent 15 years in the innovation and technology space where she has an exceptional professional network of senior executives and emerging technologies as well as an expansive network of venture, private equity, and corporate investors targeting early to mid-stage technology. Lauren brings a strategic perspective with exceptional execution skills on all organizational levels. Prior to GCN and before its ‘09 acquisition by Bloomberg, Lauren was the North American Commercial Director for New Energy Finance, the leading independent provider of information and research to investors in the clean energy markets. From 2004 – 2008, Lauren was the Managing Director of the Cleantech Group where she oversaw the firm’s technology and entrepreneur pipelines. Working directly with over two hundred early stage CEOs, more than $1.4 billion was raised by presenting companies. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Erb Institute, the Zell Lurie Fund and Belle Capital Michigan as well as the board of the Energy Innovation Business Council. Lauren is a lecturer at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. both from Northwestern University.