Board of Directors and Staff

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Beth Zimmer

“The Innovation Collaborative is an organization built by countless members of our community who recognize that entrepreneurship is vital to the region’s present and future economic success. We are here to serve the ecosystem, the strong support organizations available to entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs themselves.”

Board of Directors

Carl Nicolia


BlueTree Allied Angels


Beth Zimmer

Innovation Collaborative

Barb Weber


CO.STARTERS & Ice House Program Facilitator

Independent Advisor

Jonathan D’Silva

MMI Intellectual Property

Karen Rzepecki

reCAP Mason Jars

Gene Connell

Independent Investor and Advisor

Keith Szewczyk

CEO and Director, Bliley Technologies, Inc.

Adam Williams

Erie Business Law

Gary Lee

Erie County Government

P.C. “Hoop” Roche

Chair – Vistage Erie