At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Chicago based CEO’ operating in the GovTech space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Chairman, Founder & CEO of Cityzenith
Michael Jansen is a sought after Smart City industry leader and public speaker with numerous awards and accolades to his credit, and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and myriads of business, technology, and AEC publications worldwide, including Architectural Record, ENR, Business Week, Domus, Contract Magazine, et. al. In 2007, Michael was awarded Building Design + Construction Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” award honoring top CEOs in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry under the age of 40. An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael founded Satellier in 2004, a CAD and BIM production services company backed by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Under his leadership, in just four years Satellier experienced explosive growth from a team size of 10 to over 450 and fundamentally changed the way AEC firms deliver services. In 2010, Michael assumed the helm of Cityzenith to pursue his dream of transforming life in cities all over the world. Michael was educated as an architect at Yale and Cambridge; earned a Fulbright scholarship; studied art and architecture in China and India; speaks four languages and has traveled to more than 80 countries; designs high-end, exotic furniture, and is an avid guitar player.
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About Cityzenith: Cityzenith is a technology startup that provides data visualization platform software and applications for IoT and Smart Cities.
Chairman & CEO of Quicket Solutions
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About Quicket Solutions: Quicket provides a flexible low code/no code platform that automates workflows and streamlines payments for the public sector.
Chief Executive Officer of CITYBASE
The founder and CEO of CityBase, Mike has more than a decade of experience in the financial industry, coupled with technological, operational, and management expertise honed in entrepreneurial leadership roles. Mike served as a Federal Reserve analyst, creating insight on the impact of behavioral-economic forces. He also served as the VP of Finance for an early stage LED lighting R&D company. Mike earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in econometrics and statistics and holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Purdue, where he also studied electrical engineering.
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About CITYBASE: CityBase is a gov tech platform that connects cities and citizens to make government more accessible and efficient.
Founder & CEO of Contract Cloud
Michele is an entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and advocate for female founders and military spouses. After launching a successful consulting business in the government contracting sector, she used the profits to fund a technology startup that is changing government acquisition in the same way that TurboTax changed tax preparation. Michele has been perfecting the art of federal proposal writing for over a decade, working closely with technical experts from a variety of backgrounds to capture their unique advantages to prepare winning proposals. Along the way she has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the intricate contracting mechanisms that are used by the government; from traditional contracting methods to the “non-traditional” methods that are outside of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). In 2016, Michele launched a proposal management consulting firm. Her expertise in government contracting and proposal development has resulted in over $25 billion in awards and dozens of repeat clients since that time alone. Michele is well versed in the SBA’s regulations for small business set-aside and SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program and regularly assists new businesses with her diligent research regarding opportunities, grants, incumbents, and federal spending. Working closely with dozens of traditional and non-traditional contractors, Michele recognized a big problem in the industry related to the storage, management, and recollection of data for government proposals. She performed extensive customer research before finally developing a solution to automate redundant proposal processes, cutting the time spent on government proposals by 45% while improving win rates.
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About Contract Cloud: Contract Cloud is a SaaS platform that democratizes access to government contracts, simplifying the way users find and respond to RFPs.
CEO, Strategy of inCyber Compliance
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About inCyber Compliance, The Crypsis Group: Cybersecurity Compliance. Simplified. Automated. SaaS. RegTech