Women investing in women.
When we started in 2013, we had two main goals: to activate women as angel investors and to provide access to capital for female founders in the Southeast.
Since then, we raised two funds, invested in more than 30 women-led companies, have had several successful exits, and engaged the capital of over 100 women (plus a few good men). Our portfolio is made up of high-growth, scalable, women-led ventures in the Southeastern United States. While we have remained industry agnostic, we invested in areas where our team could add the most value and create the greatest impact.
Since our launch almost 10 years ago, we have seen the growth of gender lens investors rise across the U.S and even globally. We also recognize that the gender gap in venture capital continues to make it difficult for women-led companies to secure funding. Having fully deployed both funds, the JumpFund is now focused on supporting our current portfolio companies in their growth and is no longer seeking to make investments in new companies.
Kristina Montague is Managing Partner of the JumpFund, an early stage investment fund with over $7M under management comprised of majority female investors focused on providing growth capital to women-led ventures in the Southeast US. She is also a partner in Next Wave Impact Fund, a national effort to engage and educate 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 lives by the philosophy "invest in the change you want to see in the world" and focuses her investment, philanthropic and nonprofit work in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and social equity. Kristina is currently Chair of the Company Lab in Chattanooga, and serves on the boards of Launch Tennessee, Chattanooga's Enterprise Center and the Tennessee Aquarium. She is a trustee of the Footprint Foundation and active member of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute.
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.
Betsy Brown is CEO 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.
Stefanie is a wealth advisory and banking veteran, an entrepreneur and angel investor. When not dedicating time to The JumpFund, she serves as Founder & CEO of AegleWealth. In spring 2019, she joined the board of JumpFund portfolio company and fintech Worthy Financial. Stefanie began her career investing over a decade with a national bank advising affluent families with wealth-building strategies which involved trusts and estates, investments, private banking and charitable planning. After obtaining her MBA, she joined a de novo bank and discovered her inner-entrepreneur, developing a love for start-ups and strategies around innovation. 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 wellbeing.
Shelley Prevost is the Co-founder of Big Self School, a personal growth learning community helping people to live more meaningful lives. She is a licensed therapist, educational psychologist, and leadership coach. Shelley was previously 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. After working as a business psychologist and startup executive for over 10 years, Shelley has returned to her roots in positive psychology, promoting self-awareness and emotional intelligence in all their forms. She 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."
Tiffanie Robinson's current roles include CEO of Lamp Post Properties, Co-Founder 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.
Kim has been an active investor in early-stage technology, health care, energy, fintech, consumer product, and media companies since 2013. She was previously a part of Golden Seeds, one of the most active angel investing networks in the country, that has invested over $100 million in 150 women-led enterprises across the United States.
In addition to her investing background, Kim has over twenty-five years of global experience in human resource consulting, corporate and leadership roles. Kim is a Managing Partner of Sapient Insights Group. Sapient Insights Group is a research and advisory firm focused on equipping clients with data and insights to drive enterprise-wide people and financial outcomes in their HR performance, change management and technology transformation programs.
Are you a female entrepreneur seeking funding? Good news! We've done the research for you. Check out our resources page for organizations, connections, and investors that might align with your needs.
New to angel investing?
We were once in your shoes! Click here for a brief presentation on angel investing, what attracts angels to specific investments, and how to prepare an investment-ready pitch. We also encourage you to check out the wealth of resources at the Angel Capital Association. And, we recommend the Project Sage 4.0 report to learn more about the current and future landscape of gender-lens investing.