Ms. Francetic is a high technology executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of management experience spanning start-up companies, private equity, research, and Fortune 500 corporations. She currently serves as the CEO of Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit organization in Chicago whose mission is to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies and businesses in the greater Midwest. Ms. Francetic co-founded the organization with Nick Pritzker and Michael Polsky. Prior to Clean Energy Trust, Ms. Francetic ran Invention Bridge, a company that commercialized Midwest-based research and development across a variety of sectors: cleantech, information technology and biotech. Prior to Invention Bridge, Ms. Francetic worked as a Principal at MVC Capital, a publicly traded (NYSE:MVC) private equity firm in Chicago and New York. At MVC she sourced, executed, and managed investments for the firm with a focus on the IT and cleantech sectors. Before moving her family back to Chicago from Northern California, Ms. Francetic was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park. Prior to SRI, Ms. Francetic produced the prestigious wireless product launch event, DEMOmobile, for IDG Publishing with high-tech industry expert, Chris Shipley. Ms. Francetic also previously served on the Board of Directors of Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), a wireless games publisher, whose founder she advised during fundraising.
Earlier in her career Ms. Francetic was Co-Founder and CEO of Zowie Intertainment, a high-tech toy company funded by Vulcan Ventures, which she successfully sold to Lego Systems, the Danish toymaker, in 2000. Zowie spun-out of Interval Research, the Palo Alto media and technology research lab funded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Following college, Ms. Francetic produced videogame software for Hasbro Interactive and Electronic Arts. Ms. Francetic was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Young Innovators in Technology” by MIT’s Technology Review in 1999 for her work in the fields of videogames and high-tech toys. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford University where she also ran Varsity Track.
Ms. Francetic’s civic endeavors include serving as an Emerging Leader for the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, a Advisory Board member of the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Energy Advisory Board for the NUVenture course at Northwestern University, and the Advisory Board for the Museum of Science and Industry. She also led the Energy and Environment transition committees for both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner.
Ms. Francetic has been recognized as aWomen to Watch in 2011 by Crain’s Chicago as an Agent of Change, won a Green Award from Chicago Magazine in 2012, and the Illinois Technology Association’s City Lights Prominent Woman in Technology Award in 2013. More recently she received the Chicago Executive’s Club 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award, joined the C3E Ambassadors for the US DOE, and became a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur.
Ms. Francetic lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters.TwitterLinkedIn