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Valarie King-Bailey at podium for Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards ceremony
March 24, 2022

CEE alumna Valarie King-Bailey honored with UW Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Written By: Kristina LeVan

Valarie King-Bailey (BSCEE ’82), the founder and CEO of OnShore Technology Group, is among the recipients of 2022 Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards, which honor University of Wisconsin–Madison innovators and alumni who further the Wisconsin Idea through outstanding accomplishments in entrepreneurship.

The four recipients of this year’s awards showcase how the university and its alumni are leading innovation in technology and manufacturing, bolstering the local startup ecosystem, and driving economic growth in the state and across the country.

Valarie King-Bailey
Valarie King-Bailey

“UW–Madison’s vibrant culture encourages innovation among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Every day, they change lives through teaching, research, public service, and entrepreneurial activities. We celebrate the outstanding achievements of four UW entrepreneurs who have created incredible value in their communities and beyond. Their work is a shining example of the Wisconsin Idea,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

OnShore Technology Group is a Chicago-based consultancy specializing in testing computer systems used by global pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical and health care companies. OnShore’s first-of-its-kind independent validation and verification software — ValidationMaster — helps life sciences companies as they work to meet FDA regulatory mandates. Last year, King-Bailey led OnShore to its first listing on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies by achieving 71% growth during the pandemic.

With more than 40 years of international experience in engineering and life sciences technology, she is recognized as a pioneer in the STEM fields and a leading advocate for women and underrepresented innovators in the industry.

“Valarie had the drive and the passion to grow her business, but like many diverse founders, she ran into roadblocks,” noted Kim Folsom, founder, chairperson and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners. “Less than 1% of capital goes to businesses founded by African American and Black founders, and significantly less of that goes to Black women. To grow her business to the level that she has is significant.”

The other 2022 award recipients are Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, founder, CSO and CEO (retired), Stratatech Corporation; Jim Bakke, president and CEO, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.; and Scott Resnick, chief operating officer, Hardin Design & Development.

A ceremony honoring the 2022 recipients was held March 23 at the Discovery Building.

A version of this story was originally published by University Communications.

2022 Entrepreneurial Award Winner: Valarie King-Bailey