Our Mission

To activate a world where there is equitable and inclusive access to entrepreneurship

Our Values

We believe entrepreneurship is the key to equitable and inclusive economic development

How We Catalyze

CEO David Ponraj

David Ponraj

Founder of EIC, David Ponraj knows first-hand what it’s like to jump head first into entrepreneurship waters without knowing when or how he will surface for air. The self-described serial entrepreneur has taken several leaps of faith in his more than 20-year career in business management, which led to the creation of Economic Impact Catalyst. Leaving his home in India at an early age to pursue a degree in international business from St. Petersburg College in Tampa, FL, was his first leap of faith to starting his own business not long after and continuing his path in entrepreneurship. David has traveled the world engaging various entrepreneurial ecosystems on behalf of companies like Nielsen Media where he was Vice President of Global Innovation. It was there he recognized startup leaders of all backgrounds have a need for stronger support systems, and where the idea for a solution — Economic Impact Catalyst — was born in 2018. Today Economic Impact Catalyst partners with more than 70 organizations to build the infrastructure they need to practice entrepreneurship-led economic development. 

Subha Arulselvam

Director of Technology
Subha manages the day-to-day technical projects and product updates. She has her Master’s in computer science from Clemson University. As a full stack developer, she has worked in all phases of the software development lifecycle and in various industries such as healthcare, state government, digital marketing and digital publishing. For fun, she likes to investigate the connections between historical facts and current trends.

Lily Shaw

VP Client Experience
Lily provides client services and oversees the development of the Client Experience team. Over the past 20 years she has played leadership roles in nonprofit programming, arts administration, marketing, promotion, producing and now entrepreneurial ecosystem building. She is a previous CO.STARTER facilitator and has supported the startup and expansion of over 50 local entrepreneurs. Lily is an avid volunteer supporting organizations such as 1 Million cups, her daughter’s PTA and local Girl Scout troops.

McKenzie Dial-Fritscher

COO
McKenzie joined Startup Space in 2018 and currently oversees Operations and Human Resources. A lifelong learner, she earned a Master’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University and transitioned into the collegiate education field. She enjoys working on her Jeep, feeding her chickens, and restoring her 100+ year-old farmhouse.

Jacqui Dietrich

Jacqui Dietrich

Head of Marketing
Jacqui leads marketing, partnership, and brand execution. She is a 15-year veteran in entrepreneurial ecosystem building and has held leadership roles with numerous entrepreneurship-led economic development initiatives. She was Startup Space’s first client and now helps the company further its mission to catalyze equitable economic impact. She earned an MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel

Head of Sales
Tom manages sales and develops the internal sales processes. He has been leading sales and business development teams for over 15 years, focusing on alignment of values and goals to solve customer challenges for the long term.  Tom also enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs, sharing insights into sales and marketing.  He relishes time outside bike riding or paddle boarding.

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