Curiosity + Collaboration

We believe that knowledge becomes powerful when it is shared.
Our Team

Elevating Entrepreneurs

Our team could really include every one of our mentors, founders, sponsors, partners, investors, and community members — we all support one another towards a common goal of elevating entrepreneurs. Here are just a few of the people who embrace curiosity and help make connections for collaboration.

Erica Madden

Chief Engagement Officer

Hi, I’m Erica … voracious reader, Steelers lover, and entrepreneur enthusiast. I’ve been part of this community from the beginning, and I’m grateful for all the ways people have poured into me. When I’m in a room with the LaunchCLT community, I feel like I’m with my people. We have interesting and stimulating conversations. We exchange ideas and dream big. We say ‘I wonder if we could …’ a lot. We all want to help make the entrepreneurial journey just a little bit easier. In addition to spending time with this crew, I run a strategic consulting company (bloom.), volunteer with Access to Success to serve entrepreneurs in Benin City, Nigeria, and contemplate where my next trip abroad will be (suggestions welcome)! Please connect and let’s grab coffee or a beer together soon. Cheers!

Ana-Clara Ashur

Program Administrator
Hi, I’m Ana-Clara, but most people call me AC! I am a graduate of both Duke University and UNC but am a Blue Devil at heart. In my free time, I love nothing more than being active and hitting the trails for a good hike with my dogs and husband. I am also an avid reader and can be found curled up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea! I have been tangentially involved in the organization for the past 4 years as my husband is an entrepreneur. I am excited to continue supporting founders, building community, and connecting with other members! I would love to explore big ideas or provide support over a cup of coffee or beer, so please reach out!

Board of Directors

Bob Guth

Bob Guth

LaunchCLT Chairman of the Board and Independent Director

Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell

Founder/Investor Real Ventures, LaunchCLT Co-founder

Chris Boggiano

Chris Boggiano

Co-founder + President Everblue

Liz Brigham

Liz Brigham

W. Spencer Mitchem Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Kevin Mahl

Kevin Mahl

President + CEO Champion Tire & Wheel

Mark Mahoney

Mark Mahoney

Co-founder Jackrabbit Technologies

Cindy Praeger

Cindy Praeger

Co-founder + Managing Partner Rhythm Systems

Don Rainey

Don Rainey

General Partner Grotech Ventures

Anjali Shah

Anjali Shah

Head of Innovation Strategy Wells Fargo