Dan Armbrust

Dan and a partner founded Softworks in 1983 with $600. He dropped out of UWM in '85 to pursue his business full time. Softworks initially produced a DOS shell for the Commodore 64.

In 1986 Dan helped develop a line of personal computers called ‘Citus’. The pcs were sold regionally through VARs (value added retailers). Softworks was twice named as one of the Inc 500’s fastest growing private companies. They were #11 in 1990 and #29 in 1991.

Years later Dan pivoted and renamed the company GraniteMed Systems. They currently produce electro-mechanical subsystems for global medical OEMs. The company has offices, including manufacturing, in the United States and China.

Alongside Dan’s mainstay businesses, he’s been a founder of companies in the following areas: training/education, auto parts, golf, metal fabrication, art, house painting and currently a successful start-up accelerator called gener8tor.

gener8tor invests its capital, community, expertise and mentorship into start ups throughout the US and internationally. They have two classes yearly in Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin. gener8tor differentiates itself by offering concierge services to a small number of start ups per class. They have helped teams that have graduated raise over $10M to date as follow on funding.