Stephen Forte

Stephen Forte
Co-founder & Accelerator Director, Laudato Si’ Challenge

A managing partner at Fresco Capital and the co-founder and accelerator director of the Laudato Si’ Challenge, inspired by Pope Francis. Prior he was the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools (acquired by Progress Software.)

Stephen was the founder of Mach5, a Silicon Valley based startup accelerator and co-founder of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator. Involved in several venture backed startups he was the co-founder of: Triton Works (acquired by UBM) , Corzen, Inc (acquired by Wanted Technologies), Chassis Finder (acquired by Private Equity), and during the .com era, the founding CTO of Zagat Survey (acquired by Google).

Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York and did post grad work at LSE. An avid mountain climber, Stephen leads a trek in the Mt. Everest region every fall to raise money for charity. After several years as an ex-pat in Hong Kong, Stephen now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter. @worksonmypc