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We are Irontek.

About Us

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OUR HISTORY

For 150 years, Beloit was the home of Beloit Corporation that made paper making machines and was the heart of downtown Beloit. The plant closed its doors in 1999, leaving the facility empty for many years. Our founder Diane Hendricks bought the property in 2001 and began developing the plant into office and manufacturing space. It was later renamed Ironworks to pay tribute to the history Beloit Corporation. The campus consists of more than 19 companies and 1,000 employees. 

Irontek came to fruition in 2016 as a 9,000-square-foot coworking space, business incubator and tech hub. It was developed with the purpose of a space for Beloit’s entrepreneurial community to have an affordable working space. As demands grew, Irontek expanded almost 10,000 square feet and added private single and double offices, a podcast room, an additional member-only kitchen, and conference rooms. 

MEET THE TEAM

Kari Swirth - Community Manager

KARI SWIRTH

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Kari entered the coworking world back in 2019 after working in the recreation facility world throughout college and grad school. She received her undergraduate from UW-Stout in hospitality management and her master’s degree from SIUE, where she operated a large campus recreation facility. With her background in hospitality and facility management, she grew from the membership coordinator to the community manager. Kari and her husband, Travis, reside in Janesville with their two dogs, Duke and Bane. Outside of work, you can find her walking the dogs, gardening or watching scary movies with her husband.

Erin Clausen - Investment Manager

ERIN CLAUSEN

INVESTMENT MANAGER

After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in business administration, Erin jumped headfirst into a career working alongside entrepreneurs. She was the first person to join the Irontek team when the space launched in 2016 and continues to work closely with members and portfolio companies in her current role as investment manager. Erin is a girl mom, dog mom and plant mom, and loves live music and spending weekends at the lake with her family.

OUR PARTNERS

Grey Collar Venturs

Grey Collar Ventures (GCV) is Irontek’s venture capital arm, engaged in growing and investing in Beloit-based startups.

gAlpha

gALPHA is a free, four-week venture creation workshop for anyone interested in founding or joining a startup.
galpha.io

gBETA is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams and requires no fees and no equity. 
gbetastartups.com

gener8tor Accelerator

The gener8tor Accelerator Studio is an intensive, 16-week program during which we partner with entrepreneurs to co-found and launch startups from scratch.
gener8tor.com

Beloit Chamber of Commerce

Located inside Irontek, the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) advocates for local businesses and focuses on improving the economic, civic and cultural climate of the Greater Beloit Community.
greaterbeloitchamber.org