IdeaFest Judges 2018

Eva Doss

Eva Doss

Eva Doss, President and CEO of The Launch Place, has twenty years of experience in business consulting, strategic planning, business development and equity fund establishment and management in the United States and Europe. During her career Eva established new business ventures and seed investment opportunities, and developed strategic business partnerships for companies internationally.

Eva has also worked with Booz Allen, RTI International, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. As the first Executive Director, Eva helped in the establishment of the Southside Business Technology Center, a business consulting entity in 2005, which in 2012 grew into The Launch Place, the lead entrepreneurial development organization offering business consulting, training, office space and subsidies, and seed investments through its two equity funds to entrepreneurs in Danville, Virginia and in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Eva holds a post-graduate Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, has a MBA and BS in business administration and speaks several languages.


Greg Fledmann

Greg Feldmann

Greg Feldmann, President of Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC, has been retained as the Senior Advisor to The Launch Place Seed and Pre-Seed Funds. Greg brings more than 30 years of experience serving in roles related to commercial banking, strategic advisory work, corporate financing, investment banking and executive/board leadership positions in both public and private companies. Greg is an acknowledged subject matter expert in strategic planning, executive and board leadership, and line of business management. He is a strategic thinker with ability to translate plans into action. During his career, Greg has served as President and CEO of three community banks including StellarOne Bank, First National Bank of Christiansburg, and Salem Bank & Trust.

Greg received a B.A. in Classical Studies from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was a Baker Scholar and selected for inclusion in a variety of academic and leadership honorary fraternities including Phi Beta Kappa, ODK, Eta Sigma Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta. He has undertaken advanced studies in commercial banking through the University of Virginia’s banking programs, successfully passed the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities exams and completed the NVCA’s venture capital certificate program.

In 1989 he was awarded a National Leadership Fellowship by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which he used to study privatization and the threats posed by development to the world’s rainforests.


Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Owner, Vintages by the Dan


Ed Pettiss

Ed Pettiss

Ed Pettiss is a former senior executive, general manager, and board director with extensive global experience with both large multi-national organizations and high-growth, technology-driven start-ups. He is currently Vice-President, Treasurer, and Board Director for RTP Capital Associates, Executive-in-Residence with the NC State Technology and Entrepreneurship Collaborative program, and active with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and NC IDEA grant programs. He was previously Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications for a large environmental services company. With a major chemical & machinery company, he served as President of a start-up technology-based joint venture and General Manager for a high-growth worldwide biotech chemical business. Ed earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School and an AB in Economics from Duke University.


Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts is the Director of Community Development at Bunker Labs in North Carolina, founder of the Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW) and the manager of the Wilmington (NC) Angels for Local Entrepreneurs (WALE). Jim has been a connector and a resource for startups in North Carolina for the last 17 years. Jim has started or worked for entrepreneur support organizations in Charlotte, Asheville, Durham and Wilmington. Jim has also worked for the North Carolina Department of Commerce in the International Trade Division.

Jim is a proud University of Florida graduate and a RABID Chicago Cubs fan.