Pre-Seed Investments Committee
Pre-Seed Investment Committee
The Pre-Seed Investment Committee evaluates potential investment deals.
Two critical factors for the success of the Pre-Seed Investment Committee are (1) a thorough pre-screening process and (2) fund credibility. Our Investment Committee members are an integral part of the fund’s credibility as they have established strategic partnerships and relationships with already existing and respected angel funds, experienced law firms and other business-related entities. This credibility further attracts new investors to fund our selected entrepreneurs’ initiatives.
Robert J. Creeden
Managing Director, UVA Seed Fund & New Ventures
Bob Creeden joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group in September 2016 as its first Managing Director of the UVA Seed Fund & New Ventures. Bob's experience includes launching the Partners Innovation Fund at Partners HealthCare in Boston, one of the first academic medical center venture funds of its kind in the country. Bob is a senior entrepreneurial executive with extensive experience commercializing new technologies, as well as more than 25 years experience as an early-stage venture capitalist. Proven expertise developing and implementing vision, strategy, and tactics to create, operate, and fund new ventures across multiple industries. Collaborative leader and advisor, with excellent communication, presentation, and relationship-building skills. Frequent speaker, panelist, and lecturer on issues related to starting and funding a business. Prior to joining UVA, Bob most recently served as the founding executive director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in the North Carolina Research Triangle. His efforts helped strengthen the area’s business environment, resulting in early-stage and seed investment of more than $60 million. Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Holy Cross College and a master's of business administration from Suffolk University.
Richard (Dick) Daugherty
Dr. Daugherty has over 30 years’ experience in leading new businesses and corporate ventures, new product developments and technology management activities. He led corporate ventures at Alcan, Atlantic Richfield and Exxon Enterprises; was the Director of Alcan Aluminum’s downstream R&D laboratory and Innovation Program; and established a competitive intelligence unit at Alcan that provided technology and business assessments for business strategy formulation, competitive pricing structure development and technology program assessment.
Before retiring in 2017, Dr. Daugherty was Director of Strategic Services at VT KnowledgeWorks in 2017 for ten years. In that position he helped businesses assess, quantify and exploit their business opportunities, especially development of their business strategy; and assisted in the preparation of documents needed for investor discussions. Typical projects involved gathering the data needed for a company to make an intelligent decision about a market opportunity, its competition and the potential financial reward associated with a market opportunity.
Dr. Daugherty has remained active in the regional entrepreneurial community and continues to assist new ventures evaluate their business opportunities.
President of Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC
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.
Director, Vice President and Treasurer, RTP Capital
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.