Featured Speaker – Shannon Lyons, EVP and COO, Flashstarts
Shannon joined Flashstarts as EVP and Chief Operating Officer in February of 2015. She manages all operations, including the Flashstarts accelerator and venture fund, the StartMart resource infrastructure and global talent development. In addition, she leads the Flashstarts due diligence process on potential investments. She provides teams with advice and coaching alongside co-founders Charles Stack and Jennifer Neundorfer.
Before joining Flashstarts, Shannon was Chief Business Development Officer and Partner at LaunchHouse, where she ran the 2012 – 2014 LaunchHouse accelerator programs and secured over $650,000 of investment capital in three years to fund the accelerator program. Additionally, she developed the 12-week accelerator program, supported the LaunchHouse Institute through grant writing, mentored startups and invested in over 30 companies.
Shannon became an entrepreneur in 2007, when she founded Innovatree, an innovation consulting firm. At Innovatree, she advised on strategy and innovation to Fortune 500 companies using applied research and ethnographic techniques. She was influential in pioneering the first for-profit Accelerator partnership with NASA in order to discover alternative methodologies for technology commercialization.
Shannon holds a Master’s of Organizational Development & Analysis from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration through Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business where she is researching strategy and entrepreneurship.