David Stengle

Lead Mentor

David Stengle is the founder and CEO of Board++, a company that develops executives from underrepresented groups by placing them on startup boards.

David is the Princeton Chapter Director of Startup Grind, a global organization that inspires, educates, and connects entrepreneurs in over 600 cities and 125 countries around the world. David has organized over 100 startup events in NJ. He is one of four directors globally to have received the Startup Grind Inclusivity Award.

He is a member of the New Jersey Economic Develop Authority Technology Advisory Board and a formal mentor in multiple programs including Women Unlimited and SOSV’s dlab blockchain accelerator. Startups are his passion, particularly startup community building, culture, governance, inclusion, and metrics.

David spent his career in venture-backed enterprise software companies, raising nearly $100m and achieving multiple successful exits. He has held a variety of C-suite roles and led the sales, business development, product, marketing, technology, and operation functions. He spent five years as CTO of an accelerator and led their technical due diligence function. Before serving as an executive, David was a computer programmer. He is a US Navy veteran. He lives in Princeton, NJ.