The founders of the JumpFund are women leaders engaged in their own start-up ventures, venture capital incubators, finance, management, education and philanthropy who observed in 2013 that the key players, both investors and entrepreneurs, in our regional startup scene were mostly men. Since then, we have worked together to gather the necessary resources -- capital and connections -- to ensure our portfolio's success.
Kristina Montague -
Kristina Montague is Managing Partner of the JumpFund, with over $5 million under management in both funds focused on providing growth capital to women-led ventures. She is also a partner in Next Wave US Impact Fund, a national effort to engage more women investors interested in impact-focused ventures. Previously, Kristina served as Assistant Dean of External Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Business, where she developed her passion for supporting and encouraging women as business leaders. Kristina focuses her philanthropic and nonprofit work in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and social equity. Kristina is the vice chair of the board of directors for Launch Chattanooga and the Company Lab, and serves on the board of the Enterprise Center, Tennessee Aquarium and is a trustee of the Footprint Foundation. She is also an active member of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and was recognized as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association.
Cory Allison -
Cory Allison is the co-founder of KelCor, LLC, a medical device startup focused on developing simple, efficient and cost-effective solutions to improve patient care. Previously, she started multiple businesses including Rezli, Inc. and Cory Allison Consulting. As a former IT consultant and project manager, she has over two decades of experience in structuring and operating companies. When she is not working on entrepreneurial endeavors, Cory serves as a dedicated Habitat for Humanity volunteer building houses, in the belief that affordable housing is key to creating strong and stable communities.
Shelley Prevost -
Dr. Shelley Prevost is an educational psychologist and leadership coach with a diverse professional background. In addition to being a GP with the JumpFund, Shelley was the Director of Happiness and partner at Chattanooga-based VC firm, Lamp Post Group, and has also worked as a performance consultant and a startup CEO. Shelley has written about her work on purpose, relationships, workplace culture, and leadership in columns for Inc. and The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in Time, Yahoo Business, Fast Company, LifeHacker, and Business Insider. Passionate about helping women develop authentic leadership, Shelley gave a 2015 TEDx talk entitled "Lead Like a Girl."
Betsy Brown -
Betsy Brown is President of Pendleton Square Trust Company and also serves as a Director of the Trust Company. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Betsy worked at Cumberland Trust and JPMorgan Private Bank serving affluent families throughout the Southeast. She also worked for more than 10 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Betsy serves many roles in the community and brings her expertise in finance as a general partner in the JumpFund.
Tiffanie Robinson -
Tiffanie Robinson's current roles include CEO of Lamp Post Properties, Founder and active Partner at The JumpFund and Board Member at the Hamilton County Board of Education, School Board District 4. Previously, Tiffanie served as Head of Operations of Lamp Post Group from 2013 through 2015. During that time, she founded Way Paver, the talent innovation lab focusing on recruiting and retaining Millennial talent in Chattanooga. In addition, she successfully advocated for Chattanooga to join the global entrepreneurship network, Sandbox. Her main focus right now is on developing Second Story Real Estate Management, an extension of Lamp Post Properties which she founded and serves as President.
Stefanie Crowe -
Stefanie is a wealth advisory and banking veteran, an entrepreneur and an angel investor. When not dedicating time to The JumpFund, she serves as Director of Wealth, Knowledge & Happiness for Stone Bridge Asset Management. After spending 13 years with a national bank advising affluent families with wealth-building strategies which included trust and estate management, investments, private banking and charitable planning, Stefanie transitioned into the entrepreneurial space herself as she contributed to the launch of a de novo bank. Stefanie is a frequent presenter on topics related to wealth-building, entrepreneurship, leadership and community-building. She's served on numerous non-profit boards and attributes community engagement as integral to her leadership evolution and essential in maintaining her “state of happy”.
Kim Seals -
Kim is an active investor early-stage technology, life science, consumer product and media companies. She most recently was a Senior Partner with Mercer, responsible for leading their overall go-to-market strategies in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Other roles she held at Mercer included Global Talent Technology Solutions Leader and Global HR Effectiveness Segment Leader. She was previously a Senior Consultant with PwC's Global HR Solutions group and also held the position of Compensation & Benefits Manager for both Woman's Hospital Foundation and Louisiana Worker's Compensation Corporation prior to beginning her consulting career.