Gale (Bowman) Wilkinson founded IrishAngels in 2012 and VitalizeVC in 2017. Collectively, these firms invest $10M+ annually into pre-seed and seed stage startups. Gale loves helping entrepreneurs take their startups to the next level. She believes in backing founders who have a big vision and a clear plan on how to execute that vision. Gale developed an early stage financing course that she taught for five years at Notre Dame, and she shares a lot of these insights in their VIA for Founders series. Her previous work experience includes forecasting and consulting for new product launches with Nielsen and corporate strategy with Orbitz.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Wilkinson received a BBA with honors from Notre Dame and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was a founding Board member of the C200 Scholars Network, and she is currently a founding Board member of Chicago Blend, an organization focused on increasing diversity in Chicago VC and startups. She lives in Chicago with her husband Matt and very lovable yellow lab Samson.
As a member of Class 23, Gale is serving her fellowship at IrishAngels Ventures under the mentorship of Kate Mitchell (Mentor Classes 21, 22), Partner at Scale VP.