fbpx
Launch Tennessee Names Monique Villa as Chief Investment Officer

Launch Tennessee Names Monique Villa as Chief Investment Officer

The first C-Suite hire to manage organization’s investment portfolio, Villa will lead investments in Tennessee early-stage companies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2022) Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation, has hired Monique Villa as the organization’s first Chief Investment Officer. In this role, Villa will be responsible for building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state by providing financial opportunity to startups in all regions of the state. She’ll be focusing on startups in industries identified for growth in Tennessee.

This is the first major hire of new LaunchTN CEO Lindsey Cox. 

“Monique is a powerhouse investment manager,” said Cox. “In the years that I have interacted with Monique I have seen her profile grow not only as a leading investor of startups in our region, but as a respected thought-leader who champions technology development throughout the entire Southeast.” 

Villa brings over 14 years of early-stage startup experience, including serving entrepreneurs within several venture capital funds, including Mucker Capital, Velos Partners, and Core Innovation Capital. In her role at Mucker Capital, she launched their first satellite office in Nashville and sourced investments across Tennessee, the Southeast, and North America. She would later become an Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) before accepting her new role with Launch Tennessee. Villa is also the co-founder of Build In SE, a network of ecosystem builders committed to supporting entrepreneurs in the Southeast.

Villa’s responsibilities will include ensuring top-notch venture capital presence at Launch Tennessee’s staple 3686 entrepreneur focused event, September 27-29. 2022.

Earlier in her career, Monique advised digital entertainment startups on business development and strategic partnerships and later went on to lead a startup accelerator for students in the Greater Los Angeles area. She began her career interning for shoe and apparel company TOMS, where she supported finance and inventory management projects for several nationwide launches. 

“As an investor and ecosystem builder, I’ve been a long-time fan of Launch Tennessee. It’s an honor to formally join the team in support of our local entrepreneurs and rapidly growing innovation economy,“ said Villa. “It’s no secret Tennessee is having a moment, and I’m humbled by this opportunity to play a role in its future.”

A Los Angeles native, Villa earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from UC Irvine. She was named a Rising Star in Venture Capital by Business Insider in 2021, is a contributor to TechCrunch, and regularly volunteers with several national and global organizations dedicated to expanding access to capital for underrepresented founders and investors.

Villa will begin her role with Launch Tennessee on July 1, 2022.

For more information about Launch Tennessee, visit www.launchtn.org. To register for this year’s 3686, visit https://www.3686.launchtn.org

Launch Tennessee Names Monique Villa as Chief Investment Officer

About Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Its mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through its network of entrepreneur centers and partner organizations across the state, Launch Tennessee fosters collaboration among entrepreneurs, the private sector, capital sources, institutions and government to offer entrepreneurs what they need to succeed and stay in Tennessee to build companies and create jobs.

Related Posts

  • LaunchTN Announces Date For Much-Anticipated 3686 in Nashville, Tennessee
    LaunchTN Announces Date For Much-Anticipated 3686 in Nashville, Tennessee

    The two-day event is a major gathering of southeast entrepreneurs and investors NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 31, 2022) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) calls entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem builders back to Nashville for 3686, the two-day celebration for startups this Sept. 27 – 29. Named for the geographic coordinates of Nashville, 3686 is a unique conference that…

    Read More
  • LaunchTN Announces Chattanooga’s Lindsey Cox As CEO
    LaunchTN Announces Chattanooga’s Lindsey Cox As CEO

    Cox returns to LaunchTN after stints with U.S. Economic Development Administration and CO.LAB Nashville, TN —  LaunchTN is pleased to announce Lindsey Cox as its next CEO. Currently serving as CEO of Chattanooga’s The Company Lab (CO.LAB), Cox has been a long-time employee and partner of LaunchTN. She began her career in the Tennessee Comptroller’s…

    Read More
  • Raising Capital in the Southeast with Monique Villa
    Raising Capital in the Southeast with Monique Villa

    Monique Villa, investor at Mucker Capital and co-founder of Build in SE, shares her perspective on the unique advantages founders can access when they build their companies in the Southeast.    Monique Villa wants to help people understand that the Southeast is full of great talent and resources to help founders succeed. As an investor…

    Read More

ON SALE NOW: 3686 Early Bird Tickets. Join the Southeast's premier gathering of founders and investors.

X