John F. Dascher sees significant Wichita entrepreneurship opportunity and takes helm of business accelerator set to launch in 2016
Wichita, Kansas — John F. Dascher has been named as CEO of the newly formed E2E Accelerator Inc. which will announce its inaugural group of participating companies by summer of 2016. The E2E Accelerator is one of the key projects coming out of the Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) led by the Greater Wichita Partnership.
“The Entrepreneurship Task Force has defined the mission, the framework and secured great partners and funding to support the launch. John is an ideal CEO to lead this project to launch and daily operation,” said Gary Oborny, Co-chairman of the ETF and member of the Greater Wichita Partnership’s Leadership Council.
Mr. Dascher recently worked in Denmark as an Investment Director for two early-stage venture capital funds with a combined capital base of over $200 million. During this time, he held chairmanships, CEO and CFO positions with several companies in his portfolio. He enjoys being an active mentor to the entrepreneurial teams and has played instrumental roles in establishing operations in many of these companies. Before moving to Denmark, Mr. Dascher helped establish and operate investment funds and technology accelerators in Texas, Delaware and South Florida.
“Wichita has a storied history of entrepreneurship, giving birth to companies that have shaped the way people all over the world travel, eat and live,” said Dascher. The pool of experience and resources needed by the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs is deep here and I’m incredibly excited to lead this organization tasked with facilitating the continuation of this valuable legacy of entrepreneurship.”
Business accelerators prepare selected companies for rapid and sustained growth with a program of guidance, mentorship and capital to create sound values and a clear strategy for growth. The E2E Accelerator is planning to announce its first round of 4-6 participant companies by summer of 2016. With a CEO now in place, the organization will move quickly to finalize the details of programming, recruiting mentors and the selection of the first group of companies to participate.
The search, led by Alicia Holloway at Right Consulting, focused on candidates with a background of at least 3 years in a leadership position at an accelerator and experience from program concept to successful operations.
E2E stands for ‘Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur,’ as the programming, mentoring and seed capital funding will be led by seasoned Wichita entrepreneurs. E2E Inc. was formed to create and sustain business acceleration programming in Wichita, better connecting entrepreneurs with scalable businesses to the mentoring and capital that can help them capture more of their true growth potential. The vision of the E2E Accelerator is to provide an efficient and profitable entrepreneurial ecosystem which will identify, activate and mentor entrepreneurs in Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding region.
Dascher began his career in technology acceleration and venture capital investing in 1997 at the internationally renowned Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Philadelphia. Prior to this he worked as an aerospace project engineer with a tier-one supplier to the global leaders in the military, defense and aviation industries such as Boeing, GE, and Rolls Royce Plc. He holds a B.S. in applied physics from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute and a Member of the International Mensa Society.
Dascher and his wife Helle Isen Olesen have three boys: Anders, 11; Søren, 9; and Kristian, 20 months. His community service activities include being a mentor for Connect Denmark where he was twice nominated as their Ambassador of the Year, a board member for his children’s elementary school, treasurer for his town’s residence club and a fundraiser for the Danish Children’s Red Cross. He enjoys being physically active, having completed three marathons and two half ironman triathlons; he also enjoys travelling with his family.