Chris West serves as president of the ZeroTo510 program. Chris is a former Executive in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech Industry with over 20 years of experience in sales force leadership as well as tactical and strategic marketing on industry-leading Brands such as Advair, Valtrex, and Avodart. Chris moved to Memphis as Vice-President of Sales (and Company Officer) for the biotech startup, GTx, Inc.
Chris has overall responsibility for the direction of the ZeroTo510 program and recruitment of cohort companies. Additionally, Chris will act as a business mentor and commercialization advisor for startup companies with the goal of helping them translate their innovations into commercial products.
Rebecca Bramlett joined ZeroTo510 in April 2017 as program manager handling day-to-day operations of the accelerator, as well as the programming. Although a native Memphian, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and her Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. While a graduate student, Rebecca was a fellow with the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement where she worked to solve community problems through innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors. Additionally, she developed and piloted an entrepreneurship education program at a correctional facility in the Mississippi Delta that continues today. Rebecca’s passions lie in supporting local entrepreneurs on their path to success and helping others develop the entrepreneurial mindset of viewing problems as opportunities.
“An entrepreneurial mindset challenges you to see problems as opportunities, helping you learn to solve problems for others as a viable path towards individual empowerment” – Clifton Taulbert
Jan is an investment partner at Innova Memphis, an investment firm he joined in 2010 after working with the Innova team in an advisory capacity. He currently serves on the Board of Quire, iScreen Vision, Restore Medical, Compression Kinetics, Parental Health, BioNanovations, and Traklok International. He was a past board member or observer at Digitalsmiths (acquired by TiVo), Mobile-Mind (acquired by: WorldCell), Resolute Games (acquired by Lokion), Nextreme Thermal (acquired by Laird Technologies) and Covelight (acquired by Radware).
His professional experience includes founder and executive of two startups, 10+ years of high tech industry experience in engineering, marketing and sales, and more than 10 years as a seed and early-stage VC. This solid, diversified experience base allows him to provide advice and mentoring to companies and entrepreneurs.
Prior to Innova, Jan spent 7 years at Aurora Funds, a $235MM seed- and early-stage venture capital firm based in Research Triangle Park, NC. Here, he was involved in negotiating, structuring and monitoring 11 investments, and was involved in 3 IPOs and 3 acquisitions in the healthcare and technology fields.
Bouten serves on the board of the FedEx Institute of Technology, as well as the Greater Memphis Growth Alliance. He is a recognized expert in the field as a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, as well as Master Mentor for LaunchTennessee.
Jan received his MBA from Duke University, and also holds a MS degree in Artificial Intelligence from the United Kingdom, and a BS in Computer Science from The Netherlands.