Creative Destruction Lab-Wisconsin strengthens efforts in tech entrepreneurship with hire of director, Shabaka Gibson

UW-Madison Computer, Data & Information Sciences

Shabaka Gibson, an experienced leader in economic, community, and business development, and an Army veteran, has joined the Creative Destruction Lab – Wisconsin (CDL-Wisconsin) team as its new director.

CDL-Wisconsin delivers mentoring for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based startups focused on risk management and insurance, and health and wellness. It is a partnership between the UW-Madison School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) and the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB). The strategic hire of Gibson will extend UW-Madison’s position as a key player in entrepreneurship efforts.

Gibson joined CDL-Wisconsin on June 21, 2021, bringing 20 years of comprehensive business and technical expertise to the table. Prior to working with CDL-Wisconsin, Gibson worked as the vice president of Battle Creek Unlimited, where he developed and implemented a food innovation district strategy for Battle Creek, MI. Before his experience with Battle Creek Unlimited, he served as the senior vice president of Ady Advantage, an economic development consulting firm with projects across the United States and Canada focused on research, strategy and marketing.

He also previously served ten years in the U.S Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer. Gibson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate of business administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Read more …