Main Navigation

Bob Gillespie

Bob Gillespie

Executive Director

Bob Gillespie has over 20 years’ experience in consulting, technology, leadership and operations. A serial entrepreneur, Bob believes the ability to build great teams is the most important factor of success. By hiring smart, passionate people and providing solid leadership in a culture of innovation and creativity, he believes companies can create industry-changing products and platforms.

With his fun and engaging style, Bob is a sought after speaker at leadership, entrepreneurial and innovation conferences and events. He regularly holds sessions on Entrepreneurial Finance, Financial Modeling and Startups as part of the mentoring programs at the 1871 accelerator. He has spoken at the Business Marketing Association, the Society for Information Management, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University, DePaul University, The Accelerator Conference for Entrepreneurship and the Seed11 Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference among others. He has also been interviewed on NBC-5 Chicago, CBS-2 Chicago, BBC-Discovery, CNBC and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Bob has his BA in Computer Science and English from Knox College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Back to Our Team