Innovation requires dedication, passion and a free flow of ideas. Our members and visitors live this every day. Therefore, shouldn’t we? The iBridgeSM Network team is comprised of energetic, experienced professionals with a broad range of backgrounds including entrepreneurs, developers, communications specialists, academics, and business executives. Together they help the iBridgeSM Network stay ahead of the curve and deliver users with a valuable, rich experience to ensure the efficient movement of innovation from ideas to reality.
Anna Bley became the Director of the iBridgeSM Network when the Kauffman Foundation spun the program out to her team at the Innovation Accelerator Foundation. Anna is the direct contact for current and potential members, and she oversees all aspects of membership services from guiding them through the application process to uploading their recent innovations and facilitating collaborations between members. Prior to joining the Innovation Accelerator, Anna was actively engaged in the entrepreneurial space directing business development for multiple technology startups. With a passion for education, innovation and community collaboration, she also taught classes at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and has served on advisory boards for numerous organizations including the Strategic Air and Space Museum and the Fontanelle Forest. In strategically advancing the Innovation Accelerator’s vision for iBridge, Anna will collaborate with university, organization, and industry members to expand the iBridgeSM Network as a constantly evolving and powerful global innovation hub.
Among other interests, she loves art, playing golf, watching sports and catching any live music event she can find.
Bob has been with the iBridgeSM Network since 2005 and manages all things technical. With over 22 years of experience Bob has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors primarily in life sciences and has held positions ranging from a software development to senior level management. Bob and his wife have a consulting company, ProSys, Inc., based in Overland Park, Kansas on the southern edge of Kansas City.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. In addition to spending his free time keeping up with a 10-year old and 6-year old twins, Bob enjoys coaching basketball, professional football, college sports, and keeping up with the financial markets.