Shannon Lyons, MSOD: COO/CFO
Shannon is an entrepreneur, startup mentor, and angel investor. She became an entrepreneur in 2007, when she founded Innovatree, an innovation and strategy consulting firm, serving Fortune 500 companies. She began applying innovation methods to startups; and from 2012 – 2014 Shannon invested over $650k in 40 early-stage tech companies. Shannon joined Flashstarts in 2015 and became a managing partner alongside Charles Stack. She serves as Chief Operating Officer and manages the accelerator, venture fund and co-working space. Shannon has run six accelerator programs since 2012, and was influential in pioneering the first for-profit Accelerator partnership with NASA in order to discover alternative methodologies for technology commercialization. Flashstarts has invested in 46 tech companies who have gone on to raise over $40 million in funding. Shannon holds a Masters of Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University (2009) and is a doctoral candidate at Cleveland State University where she researches strategy and venture finance.