Team

Nick Tietz

Nick Tietz

Founder, CEO

Nick Tietz has spent the last 15 years working as a serial entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, user experience designer, business and technology consultant. Nick has designed more than 100 apps, crafted the strategy to help redefine the public education experience at Minneapolis Public Schools, and led multiple innovation efforts at Life Time Fitness to improve the employee experience and define the health club of the future as the Director of Innovation. Most recently Nick was the Co-Founder of Vitals Aware Services and launched a new technology service to help people with visible and invisible disabilities communicate with First Responders (Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT).

Additionally, He has spent the past decade donating his time and creative services at multiple non-profits including The Nairobi Leadership Foundation, The Uganda Leadership Foundation, PACER Center.  Nick has also served on the board for Playworks Minnesota, Alternatives-A program for inner city youth, and currently helps StudiOne Eighty at Urban Ventures and both Totino-Grace High School and St. Vincent DePaul School advisory boards.

Erin Bagniewski

Erin Bagniewski

Director of ILT Innovation Lab Operations / International Operations

Erin Bagniewski has spent the last 19 years working as a consultant, implementer, operational design lead, project manager, and people leader. She is an accountable, results-driven, critical thinking, passionate execution director with experience using an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving to improve operational processes and deliver top-quality on-time implementations leveraging human centered design. Erin is a leader in supporting an international non-profits, Africa Strong Inc and is engaged with the Nairobi Leadership Foundation.


// Innovation Lab Interns

Santi Strasser

Santi Strasser, MBA

Innovation Lab – Ideation & Business Analysis Intern

Michael Nambaje

Michael Nambaje

Innovation Lab – Entrepreneur & Market Research Intern


// Advisors

David Williams

David Williams

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Innovation Officer at ExperienceIT

Stan Alleyne

Stan Alleyne

Chief of Communications and Partnerships, Vitals Aware Services

Art Erickson

Art Erickson

Founder, STUDIOne-Eighty @ Urban Ventures

Aaron Keller

Aaron Keller

Co-Founder, Capsule

Lindsey Hillesheim

Lindsey Hillesheim, Ph.D

Founder, Skylark Science

Ramon A. Pastrano IV, D.Min-GCL., MSM, MATS

Ramon A. Pastrano IV, D.Min-GCL., MSM, MATS

Founder, Impact Lives

Ambrose Tashobya

Ambrose Tashobya

Vice President UOC (Uganda Olympic committee),
President of Youth and 3×3 council FIBA Africa,
Board Member BAL (Basketball Africa League)

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