Capital CoordinatorEmail Ziggy https://www.linkedin.com/in/isaiahallenlundy/
Isaiah Allenlundy, mainly known as ‘Ziggy’ for the last 26 years, is a Memphis native and University of Memphis alumni. During his high school and college years, he proved to have great enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and innovation. In between classes (and sometimes during class), he founded an HVAC equipment delivery company with his long-time cofounder, led a startup connecting college students to odd jobs for quick cash, served as the Vice President of his campus’ Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, and joined LaunchTN’s Venture Fellows cohort. After college, he continued his entrepreneurial endeavors through Venture for America, a 2-year fellowship program to aid recent college graduates in creating economic opportunity in American cities, where he worked for the global entrepreneur support organization, Endeavor, in Detroit. After a stint of bartending, he is happy to continue providing support to entrepreneurs through Launch Tennessee. When Ziggy is not being a cheerleader for entrepreneurs, he can be found hanging out with his beloved canine companion, training for a Strongman competition, and nerding out to his favorite Sci-Fi books.
Chief Executive OfficerEmail Lindsey https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsey-cox-63971a16/
Lindsey Cox is the Chief Executive Officer at Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership supporting entrepreneurs and innovation across the state of Tennessee.
A Tennessee native, Lindsey has dedicated her career to the support and acceleration of startups and entrepreneurs in Tennessee and the Southeast. During her first tenure at LaunchTN, she reimagined 3686 Entrepreneurship Festival into a two-day celebration of startup founders, investors and partners, which generated national attention for Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She also created LaunchTN’s government relations team and oversaw the passage and administration of the state’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Matching Program, which to date has deployed $11M of grants into tech-enabled, Tennessee-based companies.
Lindsey’s experience is vast with tenure at the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C., she led their signature grant program, Build to Scale. To recently, serving as CEO of The Company Lab (CO.LAB) in Chattanooga, TN, where she oversaw the relaunch of Startup Week Chattanooga, revitalized legacy programs and put in place a team positioned to grow Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Senior AssociateEmail Khrys https://www.linkedin.com/in/khrys-hatch-9667a643/
Khrys Hatch currently serves as Launch Tennessee’s Senior Associate where he works to expand and expedite the availability of capital to TN startups so that they can grow, create jobs, and build accessible economic prosperity. As part of those efforts, he manages LaunchTN’s Impact Fund, co-investor network, and several other capital-focused initiatives.
He also is a Nashville native and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fisk University.
Chief Investment OfficerEmail Eller https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellerkelliher/
Eller Kelliher is the Chief Investment Officer for Launch Tennessee. In this role, Eller oversees all capital and equity programs for the organization including the $70M InvestTN Fund and IMPACT and INCITE portfolios. She leads the Capital team on investment strategy, due diligence, and capital deployment. Eller is a native Tennessean who grew up in Chattanooga. She moved to Nashville in 2015 to start a career in venture capital.
Eller spent seven years with Nashville-based early-stage healthcare fund, Jumpstart Health Investors, where she served as Managing Director of Jumpstart Foundry. In that capacity, Eller invested in over 100 pre-seed stage healthcare technology companies and helped advise founders in the areas of business operations, fundraising, go-to-market strategy, and team development.
Prior to joining Launch Tennessee, Eller served as Partner with Atlanta-based SeedtoB Capital. She has experience as an independent consultant and adviser to startups and funds and serves on multiple portfolio company boards.
Capital AnalystEmail Evan https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-prislovsky-034064138/
Evan is a Knoxville native and graduate of Appalachian State University.
He serves as the Capital Analyst where he oversees the BuildTN Regional Seed Fund, the Venture Fellows Program, and the TN Deal Reports.
He loves 11-minute naps, Dolly Parton, and dabbling in sports.