October 28, 2019

Mark FriedmanThe Launch Place (TLP) is pleased to announce that Mark Friedman has joined the organization to serve as its Portfolio Manager. The Portfolio Manager is primarily responsible for monitoring the performance of TLP’s Pre-Seed and Seed Fund portfolio companies. In this capacity, Mark will oversee TLP’s portfolio companies compliance with the terms of The Launch Place’s investments and meet agreed upon milestones, assist with additional fund-raising, analyze portfolio company financial and operational projections, help with business development efforts as well as focus on regional partnering opportunities. 

“Mark’s proven track record, investment knowledge, skills and experience will bring added value to our organization and to our portfolio companies’ future performance and success,” said Eva Doss, The Launch Place President and CEO. “We are looking forward to proactively work with our portfolio companies to determine how The Launch Place can continue to support them in areas such as market research, business planning, financing, personnel recruitment, business development, and their overall scale-up,” said Doss. 

Mark is a founding member and President of RTP Capital Associates, Inc., an angel investor network based in the Research Triangle Park, NC and is the CEO of Lakeview Business Advisory and Management, Inc. Additionally, he is an Executive Advisor to Excelerate Health Ventures Fund II and Chairman of the nationwide series of educational conferences--the Mid-Sized Retirement and Healthcare Plan Management Conferences. 

Mark has been involved with many entrepreneurial and later stage businesses in senior operating roles, or as an investor/adviser.  He served as CEO of Cutting Edge Information, LLC, a leader in providing Fair Market Value databases and market research to the pharmaceutical industry.  Earlier, Mark was a member of the senior management team and Vice President of Development for Affordable Care, Inc., one of the largest dental support organizations in the country having affiliations with more than 260 Affordable Dentures and Implants practices in 39 states. He also was the Chief Operating Officer for UAI Technology for a number of years prior to joining Affordable Care.  He has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, his Master of Business Administration from Duke University and holds the Certified Financial Planner designation. 

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with The Launch Place through various investments over the past few years and have great respect for the organization,” states Friedman.  “I’m excited to work with the TLP team and their interesting group of portfolio companies and help them achieve their objectives."