Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Interim Director of Velocity
April Boyle is a Social entrepreneur angel Investor, and champion of inclusive innovation ecosystems. As founder and former executive director of BUILD Institute, she helped incubate hundreds of small businesses—especially women- and minority-owned. She is also the co-creator of a number of her own entrepreneurial ventures, including the award-winning family Hootenanny kids concert series and CD, the critically acclaimed Indonesian pop-up restaurant Komodo Kitchen, and the all-mom rock band The Mydols-featured on the cable television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. She is also co-owner and investor in the Gold Cash Gold building in Corktown. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wayne state university, An InnerMBA from Mindful NYU/Sounds True, Michigan Master Naturalist Certificate from MSU extension. She is alumnus of the Goldman Sacs 10,000 Small business program, Leadership Detroit XL and a graduate of Dan Gilberts’ BizdomU accelerator program.