Seed Fund Advisory Board

Seed Fund Advisory Board of Directors

The Seed Fund Investment Committee evaluates potential investment deals. They meet approximately 10 times a year to evaluate multiple prospective entrepreneurs at a time.

Two critical factors for the success of the Seed Fund 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.

Jan L. Davis

Jan L. Davis

Retired CEO, ShopperTrak RCT Corporation; Investor, Triangle Angel Partners; Board Chair, The Launch Place Seed Fund; and Entrepreneur in Residence

Jan Davis is a retired CEO and active board member for companies in drowning prevention, software, analytics, database and digital marketing and information. These enterprises sell products and services to a broad range of industries, including retail, real estate, financial services and insurance as well as on-line to consumers. She presently serves on the boards of directors of Megalytics, and SEAL Innovation and on the boards of advisors of multiple companies, including cultivate social and Market Vue Partners. She is past president of Triangle Angel Partners, an Executive in Residence for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill, on the Screening Committee for the Carolina Angel Network and Chairs the Investment Committee for the non-profit Launch Place Seed Fund.

Davis served as CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting, from 2004 to 2008. Before joining ShopperTrak, she was an executive vice president and business unit president at TransUnion LLC, the international credit reporting giant. Previously, Davis was a marketing consultant in Boston, MA and in Warsaw, Poland, working with a US database marketing agency, multi-nationals and a Polish enterprise. She co-founded SmartNames, a venture-backed database marketing information, analysis and services company.

Davis holds a BA and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dawn DeHart

Dawn DeHart

Senior Vice President, Carter Bank and Trust

Dawn is Senior Vice President and Director of Community Development Lending with Carter Bank and Trust. Dawn’s role with the organization is to develop a company-wide community impact lending strategy and to originate loans meeting the impact mission. She works with small business owners, economic development and government officials, housing authorities, and real estate developers. Dawn has expertise in small business government guaranteed loan programs and in historic, low income, and New Markets tax credit programs.

Dawn has worked in the banking/finance sector for over 30 years and has worked for several regional and national banks. Prior to joining Carter Bank in 2017, Dawn spent 10 ½ years as a commercial lender with Virginia Community Capital and 9 years as a lender with Business Finance Group, an SBA 504 lender. Dawn previously served on The Launch Place Seed Fund board for 3 ½ years representing Virginia Community Capital. She holds a Finance degree from Virginia Tech.

Bob Creeden

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 an 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.

Paul Nolde

Paul Nolde

Managing Director, Riverflow Growth Fund

Paul Nolde has over a decade of experience in the banking, finance, and venture capital sectors, serving in multiple business development and management roles. As one of the managing directors of Riverflow Growth Fund, a seed fund in Richmond, VA, Paul is responsible for all aspects of fund management and investment-related processes. Specifically, he leads their business development strategies and their discernment process around new investment opportunities, as well as supporting several portfolio companies through board service and general strategic guidance. Prior to this, he served as a director at NRV, an early-stage venture capital firm also based in Richmond, VA, and before that as the Small Business Capital Strategist for Virginia Community Capital, Virginia’s largest community development financial institution. In this capacity, Paul was responsible for building the firm’s venture debt portfolio focusing on growth companies, social enterprises, and healthy foods, as well as architecting their overall small business lending platform. Prior to VCC he was managing director of a family office in Richmond, VA, preceded by sales and strategy positions at Wells Fargo, Union First Market Bank, Bank of America, and Wachovia.

He is an active participant in, and advocate for, Virginia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving on the boards of several local and regional organizations, including the Activation Council, Venture Forum RVA, CAV Angels, The Launch Place Seed Fund, and SCORE. Additionally, Paul sits on various boards at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia, where he also serves as an adjunct professor in its Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

He graduated from UVA in 2001 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, complimented by post-grad business studies through the McIntire School of Commerce Business Institute. 

Marco Rubin

Marco Rubin

Senior Investment Director, Center for Innovative Technology

Marco is responsible for sourcing, diligence and closing of seed and early stage investments on behalf of the CIT and serves as a board representative to a numerous portfolio companies. He divides his responsibilities between the GAP Tech Fund and the Commonwealth Energy Fund which he manages for the CIT. He also leads Exoventure Associates, LLC which is primarily engaged in emerging market activity. Marco mentors entrepreneurs and serves as an expert judge in global business plan competitions sponsored in part by the World Bank and/or State Department.

Throughout his career, Rubin has invested in over 60 early-stage technology companies throughout his career and has held leadership roles with funds recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC100list since 2002. Prior to forming Exoventure, Rubin was founder of Monumental Venture Partners, LLC (MVP) making investments in security, information technology, telecommunications, software and medical devices sectors. Substantial exits were made to Dolby Labs and Level 3 Communications. Before MVP, he ran New Ventures, MCI’s venture capital unit until the company's acquisition in 1998 where investment exits were made Cisco and Alcatel. Prior to MVP, Rubin worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton where he served as a project leader for clients in the energy, telecommunications and information technology industries. Clients included names such as Mobil Oil and NASA.

He began his career as an engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center where he trained and certified astronauts and flight controllers to operate spacecraft. He holds an MBA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.