Shannon Lyons, MSOD: COO
• Business development expert with proven ability to drive results through applied research. • Entrepreneur, startup mentor, and angel investor with expansive grant writing and research skills. As Executive Vice President, Shannon is responsible for recruiting teams to the Flashstarts Accelerator, conducting due diligence on potential investments and business development for Flashstarts through grant writing. During the program, she will provide teams with advice and coaching alongside co-founders Charles Stack and Jennifer Neundorfer. Shannon will also spearhead the creation of a $15 million venture fund managed by StartMart, an initiative that includes a mixed-use innovation hub housing startups and resources in Cleveland. Before joining Flashstarts, Shannon was Chief Business Development Officer and Partner at LaunchHouse, where she ran the 2012 – 2014 LaunchHouse Accelerator programs. In that role, Shannon 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 organizational development and innovation firm. At Innovatree, Shannon has advised on strategy and innovation to Fortune 500 companies using applied research and ethnographic techniques. Shannon has also assisted prestigious organizations, such as Battelle and NASA, with business modeling and leveraging lean startup practices. She was influential in pioneering the first for-profit Accelerator partnership with NASA in order to discover alternative methodologies for technology commercialization. Shannon has a Master of Organizational Development & Analysis from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration through Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business where she is researching strategy and entrepreneurship.