The Launch Place Seed Fund looks for investment opportunities in which our capital can serve as a critical catalyst to specific milestone achievements, whether it is follow-on capital, first customer(s), or another significant breakthrough in the company’s growth. Our Fund’s investment can be first money for companies seeking angel and other equity-based investors, and in some instances, our capital can act as an accelerator for companies needing more limited capital to launch. We have the flexibility to structure deals as debt, convertible debt or equity. The typical range of investments made in the portfolio companies ranges from $100,000 to $150,000, with the ability to fund up to $250,000 per company.
Our objective is to provide portfolio companies with the capital, competencies and care they need to efficiently achieve success. Consequently, we combine our strategic investments with our business consulting, training and incentive programs so that management teams have the right tools at the right time in their company’s growth.
In addition to seed fund investments, space subsidies are available.
The Launch Place Seed Fund is a fully owned subsidiary of The Launch Place governed by its Board of Directors. All investments are evaluated by an independent Investment Committee.
Seed Fund Management
Eva DossPresident and CEO
Eva Doss has 17 years of experience in international business consulting, seed fund establishment, management training, strategic planning and business development in the United States and Europe. During her career, Eva developed new business opportunities for companies worldwide, established branches of US, and European based companies and was known for successfully negotiating international contracts at the executive level.
Eva has also worked with Booz Allen, RTI International, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and other top-ranking international consulting firms where she designed, budgeted, implemented and evaluated domestic and international managerial training programs and business consulting projects in business development, capital investments, organizational management and financial forecasting.
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; she is a Steven Covey certified trainer and has several management training and business consulting certifications and speaks several languages.
President, Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC, retained by The Launch Place as the Seed Fund Senior Advisor
Greg Feldmann, President of Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC, has been retained to help manage our Seed Fund. Greg brings more than 30 years of executive banking and strategic advisory experience, thought leadership and experience 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.