Gabriella Draney Zielke is Cofounder and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, a Forbes Top 10 seed accelerator for startups. With more than 13 years in the entrepreneurial world, she has experience in strategy, fund-raising and corporate innovation. She is passionate about helping startups connect the dots and has built a significant network to help her do just this. With a diverse group of mentors, investors and entrepreneurs who are on speed dial, Gabriella is willing to go the extra mile to help up and coming businesses become viable and scalable.

Prior to starting Tech Wildcatters, Gabriella was with HP Growth Partners, an early stage venture fund in Dallas, where she served on the Board of CelAccess. Before attending business school at SMU, Gabriella was a serial entrepreneur with experience in software, aviation, finance, and nutrition. It is this real world experience and appreciation for having skin in the game that makes her so valuable to the innovation ecosystem.

She currently lives in Dallas with her son Philip and if you can’t find her behind her laptop, she’ll most definitely be kite boarding, running or on an airplane to a far off land.

Gabriella received her MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University as a Cox Distinguished Merit Scholar, during which she interned for Silver Creek Ventures. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Finance.

Gabriella currently serves on the Board of UNT’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Dallas Regional Chambers’ Innovation Council, the newly formed Mayor of Dallas’ Digital Strategy team, and the Greater Dallas Workforce Solutions Board, which disburses funds for the Texas Workforce Commission.