Melissa Kjolsing (coal-sing) is the cofounder and CEO of Recovree, a technology company dedicated to helping more people find recovery from substance use concerns through peer relationships. Working with employers, Recovree provides peer recovery coaching services to engage and support employees that want to reduce alcohol and drug use.
Prior to launching Recovree, Melissa was the founding managing director of Lunar Startups, an incubator for underestimated entrepreneurs powered by the Knight Foundation and American Public Media. She also led the MN Cup for five years, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. She is responsible for scaling the program and positioning it as one of the pillars in Minnesota's startup ecosystem. Other organizations that she has helped to create include Grow North, WE*, Twin Cities Startup Week and Forge North.
Melissa has a background in business development and marketing having worked for The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the biosciences in Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.